Meet the Instructors
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.
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 will be teaching our after school sessions, which start in November 2013.
Jennifer has always been a passionate maker and being educated in earth sciences, working with clay was a comfortable fit. She's particularly interested in how pottery culture connects to food culture, and how these relate to the food chain and supply. She primarily creates functional stoneware pots using slab, coil, and sculpture techniques – but no technique or trick is off limits! She lives in the Kawarthas and seeks inspiration from our local plants, geology, wildlife, and seasonal cycles.
She' a mom of three inspiring rambunctious girls and a wife of one supportive and tolerant husband.
Kaitlyn was raised in the small town of Cranbrook, British Columbia, nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. After completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the Alberta College of Art + Design, Kaitlyn moved East to pursue her professional artistic practice in Ontario.
Kaitlyn has served as Artist in Residence and Studio Technician and Pottery Instructor for the London Clay Art Centre in London Ontario before relocating to the Kawarthas where she is now an active teacher and studio member at the KPG.
Kaitlyn is passionate about clay and can't wait to share her knowledge of Handbuilding, Wheel Throwing and surface design with her new students.
Natalie received her Masters from Trent University in Anthropology and graduated from the Museum Management and Curatorship program at Fleming College in 2007. While pursuing a career in curatorship and archaeology Natalie realized her passion for ceramic arts.
In 2013 Natalie completed formal training through the Ceramics Certificate program at Haliburton School of Arts. Today, when Natalie is not working on her art, you may find her digging as an archaeologist and teaching at Fleming and Centennial Colleges in Ontario.
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.