I am a graduate of The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and  have been working in clay full time since 1997. I concentrate on creating decorated earthenware to be used everyday and special occasions. Making objects which people hold, bring to their mouth, and use to nourish themselves and others is a great honour. This intimate relationship which pottery creates between the object and the user is what keeps me committed to my craft. For me pottery fills an important role as a vehicle to celebrate domestic life and remind us of the beauty in the most fundamental everyday activities. 

 
 

In 1999 I received an emerging artist award from the Ontario Craft Council (now Craft Ontario). Recently I was awarded Award of Merit for the Fusion travelling exhibition ( 2017-2018). I chaired the 1999 Fusion Conference:Reflections in Kingston Ontario. I have been a ceramics instructor for Kingston School of Art, Kingston Potters' Guild, and Loyalist College in Belleville. I have offered numerous workshops for Pottery Guilds and clay organizations around Ontario (Durham, Peterborough, Kingston, among others). 

I use earthenware clay which is a low fire clay and has a rich history of decorative techniques and vessels made for everyday use. My work is hand built using moulds and templates which I have created. Slip is applied to the surface of the red clay. Once this layer is dry I am able to draw through the layer to the red clay below. Exposed clay surfaces on the bottom of pieces is covered with terra sigillata (literally means 'earth seal')This provides a beautiful sheen and seals the clay surface.  The piece is then fired the first time, referred to as a bisque firing. Coloured glazes are painted into the design and a coat of thin clear glaze is applied to the entire surface. The final firing is at cone 03. All work is food safe and oven proof.

 Teapots in process. These pots are dry and ready to be fired the first time (bisque). This is how the decoration looks prior to glaze application. 

Teapots in process. These pots are dry and ready to be fired the first time (bisque). This is how the decoration looks prior to glaze application.