My relationship began enthusiasticly as a 4 year old playing in my Grandma’s studio as she worked. I loved making things, and can still remember the tools i choose, where i was pleased and techniques i was frustrated with.
In my 40s discontent with my life, working excessive hours in the hospitality industry managing clubs and restaurants, to little time with my growing boys I needed to make a change. I couldn’t get clay out of my mind. the yearning to be immersed in the feeling and the scent of clay pulled me back to the world of pottery. I was hell bent. Couldnt fill my insatiable appetite fast enough, reading, taking classes and, practiced throwing 8 hours a day at the local co-op studio in tsawwassen.
After 8 years and having a solid pottery business operating from the basement/carport of my home, selling pots to tourists from all over the world at the tsawwassen ferry terminal, wholesale gift shows, teaching pottery classes, and attending as many workshops as i could afford. I still franticly felt like I need to somehow fast track my learning.
So it was off to Art School! I headed for Ontario, Sheridan College of Art and Design. and Alberta College of Art and Design
I have been potting for over twenty five years now.
the excitment of heading to the studio, ebbs and flows. When it flows it is exhilarating, when it ebbs, i remind myself, struggles are growing time. I experience these regularly, building on the experience of the past 25 years and challenging myself to continue to grow and develop as an artist