In the fall of 2004 I started taking pottery classes at Lambton College and realized when I’m playing in clay I feel one with the earth. And I have found a hobby. During my travels, living in Maui, Hawaii, and visiting Romania and Germany my work has begun to have European influence in the shapes. While I was in Europe I visited many museums and was drawn in by the 1600’s to 1800’s stoneware pottery. The European influence is also inspired by the freedom of modern shapes making my pieces distinctly unique.
I continue to take courses and workshops throughout Ontario and the U.S. to broaden my knowledge and inspiration, which allows me to produce and distribute giftware for others to enjoy.
I enjoy making alternative pieces as well as functional pieces at my studio, which is a short walk from Lake Huron in Sarnia, Ontario. My studio is located on a one-acre property allowing me to overlook the fruits of my labour in my gardens and small woods. Alternative firing allows me to experiment with different fibers and matter such as salt and horsehair. I take pleasure in watching the different reactions and the beauty of each piece’s individuality coming through. I’ve always thought alternative firing was like candy to the eyes.
- Sarnia Lambton Potters Guild
- London Potters Guild
- Chatham-Kent Potters Guild
- Fusion Ontario Clay and Glass Association
- Sarnia Artists Workshop
- The Empty Bowls Project
The Empty Bowls Project
The Empty Bowls project is close to my heart. The Ceramics Department at Lambton College and the Sarnia Lambton Potters Guild organize the annual Empty Bowls event. These events have been held in North America for over 20 years, with millions of dollars going to end hunger every year. Potters make bowls, chefs make soups, and guests receive a “poverty meal” of soup and bread, in a handmade bowl of their choice to take home as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. All proceeds go to the Inn of the Good Shepherd and the Lambton College’s own food bank.
Please consider helping a worthy cause like this in your town or city. Together we can end hunger.
The Dirty Girls
I am also a member of The Dirty Girls, a group of four women that meet at Lambton Collage and enjoy getting together for pottery conferences and shows. Whenever we get together there is always fun, laughter.
In 2008 I received the H. & W. Wolff Award in a juried exhibition of three dimensional arts. As well, I was the recipient of the Member’s Choice awarded for a three dimensional piece.
Dew Hearts Pottery
1910 Blackwell Rd.