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.