NATURE IS MY FIRST LOVE, MY DEEPEST LOVE, & MY MUSE
When I first settled in Manitoba’s Interlake region (north of Winnipeg) in the late 1990s, I happened upon a potter selling his wares at a local craft sale. The chance meeting was meant to be. I soon began taking pottery lessons with him at his nearby country studio. After the first day, he sent me home with a lump of clay. The next week, when I brought in what I had created with it, he said, “You could really do this.” The moment I touched clay, I knew it was my medium. I quickly developed my skills and began selling my work at craft fairs and markets within the next couple years afterward. I have since taken my ceramics across the country, to art shows and sales, and have displayed at galleries, mainly in Manitoba, Canada. Artistically, I am a firm believer in allowing creative energies to flow through an artist and guide the work. For me, this is also a spiritual experience. Feeling that spirituality, and the spiritual world, are interwoven with nature and earth, my work naturally gravitates to a rustic style.
I use a lot of naturalistic themes in my pottery–leaves, trees, unfinished, pit-fired clay. I enjoy the meditative process of hand building pottery. I can let my mind go, and watch while the form is revealed.
Ancient Energies Resonate
Sometimes a person is drawn to ancient things. It is somewhat of a mystery why this is so. I am one of those people and, if you are too, you will no doubt understand what I mean. Ancient things have a certain, intense vibration that some people feel deeply. When I come upon an image of some artifact in a museum, or an old illustration in a book, I feel some inexplicable bond. I want to tap into it, and I think that’s why I am drawn to recreate it, in my own humble way. I am most identified by the rustic, earthy pottery and clay art I do. However, one year, when unemployed, I devoted three months to creating a series of reproduction tiles of ancient gods and goddesses. I find the themes blend very well with my nature-themed work, as both are primitive in nature and celebrate an older spirituality.
I am always open to taking on new reproduction projects. So, if you have an idea that can inspire me, please let me know.
Clay is my canvas!
Soon after I started making pottery, my thoughts turned to jewelry. Since much of my pottery is nature-inspired, I was naturally inclined to make botanical themed pendants and pins, which I colored with oxide washes on porcelain. Some time later it occurred to me that clay was the perfect medium for acrylic paints due to its porosity. This opened up a whole new world for me–one of dazzling colors and broader creative possibilities. I began to expand my subject matter, adding animals, birds, goddesses and symbols, as well as experimenting with texture and unique shapes–and making truly unique wearable art! I sell my pendants, pins, rings, earrings, bracelets and buttons under the product line, “Casual Goddess”.
My customers always come back to me saying they received many compliments on a pendant they were wearing, or a button they had chosen for one of their projects.