British Columbia, Canada
Canadian Artist, Digger of Clay.
Backyard studio with a soda kiln, pit fire, Raku and electrics. Some clay making equipment pug mill, etc. (No running water). I have a second studio where I run my business, teach classes. Two kilns, 10 wheels, slab roller and a small sales gallery.
What type of clay do you use?
Cone 10 my own hand dug. Cone 6 Plainsman.
What temperature do you fire to?
What is your primary forming method?
Handbuild, wheel thrown
What is your favorite surface treatment?
Painterly and/or soda atmosphere
Do you make any of your own tools?
I make a cone 10 clay body from clay dug from the river that is vitreous at cone 10 and suitable for dinnerware. It holds up to restaurant use.
What one word would you use to describe your work?
What is your favorite thing about your studio?
What is the one thing in your studio you can’t live without?
What are your top three studio wishes?
Fill up the soda kiln faster and fire more efficiently.
What’s on your current reading list?
Artists Talk: A Practical Guide to Emerging as an Artist in Canada. A Carfac BC publication.
How do you save money on materials and supplies?
Recycle and share resources.
How do you recharge creatively?
Working in the studio is what recharges me for everything else.
Do you have any DIY tips for studio efficiency?
Be in the habit of recycling your clay regularly.
What challenges have you given yourself to overcome?
Too long to list. Next challenge is raising my bar as far as a gallery exhibition goes.
What did you first piece look like?
What ceramic superpower would you have and why?
A better memory so I could mix glazes off the cuff.
Who is your ceramic art mentor and why?
I am lucky to have a few. All very special and too long to list.
What is your studio playlist?
Why do you create art?
Creativity is my drug.
What is your best studio tip?
If you could change one property of clay, what would it be?
Love it the way it is.