I am a studio trained potter living in the Comox Valley.
I grew up on the west coast in Richmond B.C. I have loved and appreciated pottery since my teens. I even remember taking a pottery class when I was 7, or 8 and loving the feel of the clay in my hands. I am a military spouse and after university I moved according to my husband’s employment. I worked in banking which was a very portable career for me. When we were posted to the Comox Valley the first go around I decided it was time to learn to do pottery for myself. I took my first community class in 1998 and played at it as a hobby for a few years. When we moved away from the west coast and my daughter was born I stopped potting for several years.
I returned to pottery in 2008 and became an active member of the Moose Jaw Pottery Club. I taught children’s classes for the club for 2 years. I found incredible fulfillment in sharing my love of clay with children. Their sheer joy of the tactile experience of clay is nothing short of inspiring.
My husband and I were lucky enough to be posted back to Comox in 2010 and here we intend to stay. Since returning to the valley I have set up my own private studio. I now produce pottery and teach children’s classes in my home studio, in the schools and community centres.
Fall of 2013 finds me back at school to hone my skills further. I have enjoyed experimenting more with handbuilding, and several different firing techniques. Right now on my wish list is to build a pit in my back yard, so I can play more with the very organic technique of pit firing. I love the silky texture of a burnished and pit fired pot.
I am so grateful everyday that the Comox Valley is home to such natural beauty and so many amazing potters both of which inspire me daily.