I spent many happy hours as a child in clay filled ditches, modelling tiny figures and their household necessities to live in hollowed out caves or grassy labyrinths. This was a foreshadowing of what was to become my hobby, my vocation, and my profession.
After studying for four years at the McMaster University Fine Arts Studio, I was introduced to the potter’s wheel, and fell in love with it. For two years, five days a week, 8 hours a day, I learned from and assisted Helen Brink with every aspect of her studio pottery business. What a great stroke of luck!
In the past 40 years, I’ve made my way as a potter in Hamilton, Port Colborne and presently Ottawa. My work has been presented to visiting international dignitaries, won awards, appeared in publications, augments local architecture, is in the Public Art collection of the City of Ottawa, and in private collections throughout the world. This makes me feel proud.
I’ve taught classes and professional workshops to elementary, secondary, college and university students, in community centres and art schools, while continuing to produce functional pottery. This makes me feel useful.
I’ve travelled, married my best friend, raised two smart young men, and am part of a flourishing arts community. This makes me feel content.