I have been a professional full-time potter for more than 25 years. I first fell in love with pottery in 1983 when I took a sculpture course. After that I became a member of the Fort McMurray Potter’s Guild where I was able to hone my hobby and turn it into something more. In 1994 I left my full-time teaching position for more creative pursuits and Clay Necessities was born.
Functionality is always top of mind with my production work. I enjoy the challenge of creating pieces that match in size and shape, and can be used in sets. But in that functionality, I also bring my artistry. I have a fascination and love of vivid colours and interesting patterns. I take great pride in the glazes and decorations I have created. It is such a joy to hear someone say “I just love drinking from that mug you made.” It feels so good.
In more recent years, I have been pursuing the sculptural and decorative side of pottery, while still maintaining my production lines. It gives me an opportunity to carve and manipulate clay in new and challenging ways. I am also an avid gardener and lover of birds, and I like to leave evidence of this in my more decorative pieces - particularly my garden totems and Christmas ornaments. Living in Alberta near the Rocky Mountains means I am surrounded by inspiring landscape, wildlife, and plants. I’m looking forward to being able to reflect this even more in both my sculptural and functional works.
My works are represented at the following galleries and craft shops in Alberta and across Canada:
Points North Gallery, Fort McMurray, Alberta
Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton, Alberta
Alberta Craft Council, Calgary, Alberta
Alberta Branded, Legislative Assembly Gift Shop and Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
Galleria Inglewood, Calgary, Alberta
Leighton Art Centre, Millarville, Alberta
I am a Professional Member of the Alberta Craft Council.
Christmas in the Country, Leighton Art Centre, Millarville, , AB, Nov 2- Dec 21, 2019
Clothesline Festival and Art Sale, Leighton Art Centre, Millarville, AB, June 4 & 5, 2016
The Raven Show, Points North Gallery, Fort McMurray, March 19, 2016