The Ancient Art of Pit Firing

The Ancient Art of Pit Firing

This weekend, on August 11th, the Clay Studio holds its biggest event of the year: the 11th Annual Beach Firing Fundraiser. This is my second summer as Clay Studio Coordinator, running this event. I really love being involved in this not just because it’s a great way for the clay community to gather, but also … Continue reading

Titanica Exhibition

Titanica Exhibition

As a member of the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council, I recently entered a porcelain piece for consideration for one of their latest juried exhibitions. The show is entitled “Titanica” in honour of the 100 year anniversary of the legendary vessel’s sinking off the coast of Newfoundland. Its official opening is today, August 2nd, 2012 … Continue reading

Washing off the clay

Washing off the clay

It’s been such a busy summer working at the Clay Studio, not to mention my own personal clay projects.  Sometimes you just have to clear your head and wash the clay off. Lucky for me, I live 20 minutes from this great swimming hole with natural falls. You can take a quick dip on lunch … Continue reading

Work Attire of a Different Sort

Work Attire of a Different Sort

As a potter, getting dirty is all par for the course. Aprons can save your clothes a little, but we potters know how seldom we really use our aprons. I just prepare to get messy most days. It’s all part of the creative process anyway– and it keeps me feeling connected to the clay. That’s … Continue reading

Sneak Peek: 40 Year Cups

Sneak Peek: 40 Year Cups

Thought you all might like a sneak preview of some of my 40 Cups that I’m making to commemorate the Craft Council’s 40th Anniversary. Tons more are in the kiln as I type this. There are 40 cups, for 40 years, at $40 a piece with all proceeds going to The Clay Studio — where … Continue reading

Tumbling Turbots & Upcoming Exhibition

Tumbling Turbots & Upcoming Exhibition

I’ve finished my “Tumbling Turbots” piece! It was juried (and accepted!) for the upcoming Craft Council’s Annual Members Exhibition, as part of their 40th Anniversary Gala at Devon House. The deep porcelain footed bowl is handpainted with turbots against a playful, dizzying swirl. I chose a black and natural theme when glazing this piece. Come … Continue reading

Bella Italia brings inspiration & adventure

Bella Italia brings inspiration & adventure

This Spring, I spent two weeks in Italy enrolled in professional development courses at La Meridiana, an international school of ceramic art.  Set in idyllic Tuscan countryside within a restored 15th century farmhouse, the school is highly recognized and a true heaven to create in! As a professional potter, it’s always important for me to … Continue reading

Bonavista Bound

Bonavista Bound

This weekend, I’m back in my hometown of Bonavista, Newfoundland, with all the traditional scenery:  icebergs, fishing boats, fields and oceans. I’m spending time with my family and drawing inspiration from reconnecting with “home” after so long away. I was particularly inspired by meeting a seafaring relative who’ll soon be off to Greenland on a … Continue reading

My Cup Runneth Over

My Cup Runneth Over

I’ve been working on a new project this past month and a half, as part of a fundraiser for The Clay Studio, where I work. The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador is a non-profit, so part of my job involves fundraising through special events to keep our lovely little studio running. It’s all about … Continue reading

Donation Creation

Donation Creation

A few months ago, I donated a porcelain cake dish to local non-profit Kids Eat Smart. It’s always nice to contribute to good causes. Here’s my donation creation, which raised over $400 in their silent auction fundraiser! Since then, I’ve received inquiries from others who liked it and want their own custom cake tower, and … Continue reading