I am largely self-taught as a potter. I first started to throw at a small studio in Kingston, Ontario. A career as a conference interpreter and the responsibilities of being a parent put all thoughts of pottery far from my mind until twenty years later when we moved from Ottawa to Brussels, where I found myself walking distance from a workshop with keen potters willing to help me find my own style with clay.
Thanks to Alain Losa and Carol Youngner who helped me relearn the art of throwing; Chris Keenan, for making me focus on detail, and on how to use decorative effects to link pieces into families; Nigerian potters Danlami Aliyu (deceased), who influenced me through his quick, seemingly intuitive decorative touches, and Stephen Mhya (both of the Bwari Pottery, in Abuja, Nigeria) who taught me to throw big and bold (Brussels, they were on an exchange visit); and the many French, Belgian and British potters whose pieces have influenced my idea of what is beautiful in ceramics.
Recently retired, I returned to Ottawa in September 2016, and am pleased to be a member of the Gladstone Clayworks Coop. I concentrate on decorative and practical forms in stoneware and porcelain.