Clay, with its many forms and possibilities has been a significant part of my life for over 30 years. In retrospect, I realize that my ceramic practice and focus has been largely influenced by my physical environment and my quiet place in this environment. I grow up in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and before moving to Nova Scotia, my husband and I spent 4 years in Whitehorse, Yukon.
I work intuitively. I take a fluid approach to altering the clay surface and realizing the aesthetics of my work. Efforts to capture the muted landscape colours, I am so familiar with have always been a priority in the glazing and firing processes I have worked with.
I was initially introduced to the soda firing process while participating in a professional year long artist in residency program at Medalta in 2011/2012. In the soda firing process, the atmospheric effects of vapor and flame creates a palette of colours and textures; the spontaneity and dynamics of the flame and vapor movements work together to create a unique surface. It is perhaps no surprise that the soda firing process and the aesthetic outcome of this process completely captured my heart and soul.
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