Meet the Instructors
Margrit is originally from Switzerland where she graduated in Social Work and Occupational Therapy. After arriving in Canada, she continued to work with physically handicapped children.
Throughout her life, she always liked working with her hands and tried different medias to express herself. After retiring from work, she went to study ceramics and design at Sheridan College with the idea to open her own studio. After years producing her own work on the wheel she had to switch eventually to handbuilding, which she feels gives her more freedom of creativity. Her main expression in her work is a connection to nature. She now enjoys teaching where she draws from her long experience in clay.
Carolyn started throwing in first year university and found it calming and challenging. After 30 years of teaching dance and phys-ed she is now retired from teaching high school and looking forward to sharing her love of clay with others.
Heathyr Francis is an Ontario Certified Visual Arts and Biology Teacher and owner of Place In Nature Studios, in Buckhorn Ontario. Heathyr received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Anthropology from Trent University in Peterborough and her teaching qualifications in Visual Arts and Biology from Queen’s University in Kingston, with an emphasis in nature-based education.
She has participated in a wide variety of educational experiences in the Peterborough area for the past ten years including coaching synchronized swimming, tutoring, providing outreach at events, and delivering workshops in a variety of settings.
Janette studied at the Haliburton School of Art and is a graduate of the Ceramics Program and the Sculpture Program. Originally trained as a dancer Janette taught ballet, modern dance and creative movement and worked with 4th Line Theatre for 14 years as actor, choreographer and producer. It was while teaching dance in Yellowknife in the 1990’s that Janette took her first pottery class. Currently Janette enjoys throwing clay, and teaching pottery and yoga.
June has spent most of her life involved in working, teaching and selling in a variety of media. After attending Luton School of Art in the UK, she moved with her husband to Canada and became immersed in the craft community.
June now works solely in clay, teaching children and adults and exhibiting and selling her work.
Priya has worked in both pottery and education since the 1980s. Her home studio, “Windring”, specialized in mid-range porcelain functional ware, and she has given workshops and classes in pottery to young people from 6 to 14.
With 24 years of experience teaching a wide range of subjects in both English and French, Priya continues to enjoy sharing her love of clay and learning.
Priya is teaching our after school sessions.
Darlene Malcolm-Moran graduated from Sheridan College in 1976 with an Applied Arts & Crafts Diploma in Ceramics/Design. Darlene continues to pursue all aspects of ceramics and is pleased to share this knowledge.
Beauty, form, function and fine craftsmanship are all equally very important to every piece of pottery that she creates. Darlene enjoys teaching stimulating pottery classes where she encourages the participants to develop ideas and to have fun!
After having completed both Primary and Secondary School education in Peterborough, Scott Walker attended post-secondary school at Sheridan College School of Design in the early 1970’s. Scott was involved in many qualitative, enriching design, and art-based courses. It was the Ceramic Studio, however, which he found most captivating.
Returning to Peterborough in the mid 1970’s, Scott spent the next two years apprenticing with Robert Kavanagh (Earth and Fire Workshop), where he was able to put his new- found knowledge to practical use and further his pottery education.
Over the last decade pottery has regained its place as a dominant passion, and Scott has rekindled his desire to full-time pottery making.
Inspired by traditional pottery from Japan, China and Europe, Scott’s pottery (Walker & Co) draws heavily on classical form elements with its clean, bold lines. On light coloured stoneware and white porcelain clay bodies the safe and functional glazes range from jade greens and blues to rich brick reds and burgundies. The glaze palette reflects the rich colours that surround us in our natural environment. All of Scott’s pottery is safe for domestic use from oven to table to dishwasher.