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In I grew up on a farm in Southern Ontario then in 1977 I moved to northern Ontario with my new husband. In 2009 we moved to central Ontario to begin a new life.

I turn on the wheel to make cups and bowls. I have been blessed with creativity. Therefore I also make hand painted and hand sculpted vases, platters, egg cups, or where ever my mind takes me.

My pottery is food safe and can be washed in the microwave. Each piece is hand made, no two pieces are identical.

Custom order will take 6 to eight weeks.

Potter is a process. First I take a clay and wedge, or kneed it to align the molecules.

In the morning roll out a slab and cut out the shape for vases, toothbrush holders,…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 29
  • Joined March 17, 2009

Favorite materials

Stoneware clay, black clay, brown clay, porcelain, cone 6 glazes, low fire glazes, underglaze, China Paint, bubble glaze, camera, photo paper, cards, computer

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About

In I grew up on a farm in Southern Ontario then in 1977 I moved to northern Ontario with my new husband. In 2009 we moved to central Ontario to begin a new life.

I turn on the wheel to make cups and bowls. I have been blessed with creativity. Therefore I also make hand painted and hand sculpted vases, platters, egg cups, or where ever my mind takes me.

My pottery is food safe and can be washed in the microwave. Each piece is hand made, no two pieces are identical.

Custom order will take 6 to eight weeks.

Potter is a process. First I take a clay and wedge, or kneed it to align the molecules.

In the morning roll out a slab and cut out the shape for vases, toothbrush holders, trays etc. In the afternoon the clay is dry enough to shape, yet firm enough to hold its shape. Using clay slip I form it to the work of art then put them under plastic for at least 2 weeks to dry it to bone dry.

For bowls and mugs I turn them on the wheel, set them aside to leather hard. The following day I trim the bottoms and attach handles. They go under the plastic for a few weeks.

The dried pieces are loaded into my electric kiln and fired for several hours. Two days later when they have cooled I take out the pottery and glaze them. The glaze firing is much hotter and longer, 8 to 10 hours. They sit in the kiln to cool slowly for 3 to 4 days.

There are two types of painting I do. Under-glaze is either painted on before, (green-ware), or after the first firing, (bisque-ware).

China or porcelain is more detailed. After the tray has been a glaze fired I paint the first coat on. The pottery is fired in a low fire kiln to fused the glaze paint into it. My pieces have one to three coats on them, depends on the detail I want. Each coat is fired in the kiln. Those pieces go in the kiln 3 to 5 times.


I hope you enjoy my pottery and photography as much as I enjoy making it.




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