When a skill is something you learn growing up through the process of play, you just assume everyone knows how to do that stuff.

So Hum – Day 5  –  i am

So Hum – Day 5 – i am

So Hum - Day 5 This mantra is the simple affirmation “I am.” It identifies individual awareness with universal existence. Getting Out of the Hunger Dilemma CENTERING THOUGHT I am the source of my own inner healing. SANSKRIT MANTRA So Hum I am....

Ananda Hum day 4

Ananda Hum day 4

Ananda Hum I am pure joy, Ananda Hum - Day 4 This mantra awakens the state of fulfillment that is your true self. Ananda is the inherent contentment, joy, and fulfillment of existence. Day 4 Fulfillment Holds the Key CENTERING THOUGHT In fulfillment, I lack for...

Om Shanti Om I radiate peace. day 3

Om Shanti Om I radiate peace. day 3

Om Shanti Om - Day 3 This mantra settles the emotional body and soothes the heart. Shanti means “peace,” and it has the effect of calming, integrating, and harmonizing all the agitation and conflicts in your mind, body, and emotions. Day 3 Begin with Emotional Balance...

Om Svayam Agurutva, lightness is my true self

Om Svayam Agurutva, lightness is my true self

Om Svayam Agurutva - Day 2, i am lightness itself This mantra invokes the lightness that is our true self. It brings the experience and feeling of lightness into the present moment. Day 2 Transforming Heavy to Light CENTERING THOUGHT I am endlessly renewed in the...

Artist Anxiety, SOOKE FINE ARTS SHOW 2016

Artist Anxiety, SOOKE FINE ARTS SHOW 2016

Artist anxiety, just something we all get to live with, today the results for one events jurying was announced, Bussard Grove Pottery - "Beach Find" got into the Sooke Fine Arts Show 2016,  Every year i know all artists sit holding our breath to see if our work is...

GARGOYLE SCULPTURE CLASS APRIL 2&3, 2016

GARGOYLE SCULPTURE CLASS APRIL 2&3, 2016

GARGOYLE FOR YOUR GARDEN, MADE BY YOU
THREE days, APRIL 2 SATURDAY and 3 SUNDAY, 10am – 2pm
projects will be taken home to complete by april 12th, returned for firing then come back to apply glaze or finishes of your choice. april 23rd. BUSSARD GROVE STUDIOS IN SOOKE, BC

about me

A LITTLE BIT OF STUFF ABOUT ME; I grew up Sharon Bussard, born in lethbridge, Alberta.  (for those of you on Vancouver Island, i am not related to jan and helga grove) “My fondest childhood memories are sliding down the banks of the river in Medicine Hat Alberta while my grandma  ALVA BUSSARD and her clay friends dug for clay…. Clay was what I did, I made stuff. Hind site when a skill is something you learn through the process of play you just assume everyone knows how to do that stuff.” I enjoy process, the process of exploring, experimenting, pushing boundaries and asking questions while i am working, I don’t believe any medium allows this like clay. I think of my work as evolution.  The subtle nuances of surface and form are always where i can get completely lost in a line, a shadow or texture. Functional pottery is like home, the hearth, family, getting together, sharing moments and love.  When it all comes right down to it, making a plate, bowl or mug i am always considering how it will become a piece that becomes something to take an active part in the persons life who comes to own it.   pretty profound.  It isn’t going to sit on on a pedestal to be looked at, it won’t collect dust.  Rather it will join the family for dinner, the good  times and the bad times, it will be the mug of warm comfort or cup of get up and go.  If it is made just right it will be the mug searched for each time the cabinet is opened.

Pretty humbling to consider this small ball of clay through my personal manipulations will become this part of someones life.  functional pottery is my world of peace, love and harmony.

Then there is the world of sculpture, comes from an emotional response to an experience, or situations i perceive.   Sp-OILED was a great project, creating oiled looking surface, slip saturating a fuzzy fleece, made from petroleum to create the appearance of oil saturated feathers.  it broke my heart to make this work.  I relate so strongly to animals that while creating this i was often found in tears, as i took my main character from being a vibrant living heron in my mind, to one who had suffered the painful death of an oil spill.  This is how i work through sculpture, any piece i make takes me on a journey of being completely immersed.

My work can be found in numerous private collections nationally and internationally, most notably is part of the permanent collection at the Sanbao Ceramic Arts Institute Museum in Jingdezhen, China. Her home and studio are located in the town of Sooke, on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada BFA Alberta College of Art and Design Ceramic Arts – Sheridan College of Art and Design, Ontario

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