I have always enjoyed the arts and have been described as crafty. In my youth I studied fashion design and made most of my work attire and outfits for specials events. However, the first products that I sold were large stained-glass pieces and fused glass jewellry.
My first introduction to clay was through night courses at Danforth Tech. Several years later, I met the Studio Head of the Hill Potters’ Guild located in Richmond Hill while taking wood carving lessons at Lee Valley. I have been an active member of the Guild for over 10 years and teach hand building courses during the evening.
I enjoy all stages of the pottery making process. Each step gives me pleasure and sometimes unexpected surprises. I am a meticulous person and pottery helps soothe my inner perfectionist.
I am inspired by colours and shapes and I like to experiment with many different types of forms. My favorite form of construction is slab building which I find similar to sewing – laying out a pattern, cutting and reassembling. I like to create items with a strong visual impact. The majority of my work is whimsical and light hearted.
My inspiration is gained through several means – friends, nature, internet and books. These varied sources then infiltrate into my work through the fusion of multiple media.
I like to create whimsical interpretations of animals and incorporate other forms of art into them.