I first met clay in the late 1970s, and have been in love ever since. An opportunity to work in high-fire porcelain with Ariel Pottery allowed me to develop my basic skills. Soon after, with young children at home, I set up my own studio, Windring, making wheel-thrown mid-fire porcelain and stoneware for local shops. My special interest was in functional dinnerware, hand-painted with a cobalt slip in designs of wild grasses, iris, and pine trees.
Years and many workshops later, I still practise, fail, experiment, and explore. Throwing and then painting and incising designs remains my passion. The bright poppies, lemons, and goldfish designs I am playing with now have their origins in my efforts to bring colour to my pieces during FUSION’s 2016-17 Creative Directions programme, in the KPG group trip to Korea in 2018, and in stays in France and Portugal.
My work was among those pieces selected for the biennial 2018 Kawartha Potters Guild juried exhibition at the Art Gallery of Peterborough. The love for clay continues, creating pottery that is both functional and a pleasure for the senses.