One Path Leads to Another

I grew up in Manitoba, Canada and take the prairie landscape wherever I live and work. The memory of long family car trips through neverending fields, the endless hours of play along the river bank, and the history of the many peoples that lived on the land before me figure strongly in my art.

I studied English Literature and History at the University of Winnipeg and then took two MA programs at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. The first in English Literature, and the second, in Canadian Studies where I focused on Canadian Art History and Women’s Studies.

Currently, I live with my family in Ottawa and work in a modest studio in my home.

In my work with pottery, I attempt to describe, interpret and invent many aspects of my life experience. I use literature, history, the prairie landscape, the family, women, fiction and fantasy in my creation of both functional and sculptural objects. I enjoy the narrative possibilities that pottery can realize.

Inspiration, Ideology & Insight

Theory and Practice

The tension between theory and practice has always been a heated conversation and certainly in my critical theory classes at university, the debate over the practice vs. thought leaves everyone charged with disagreeable energy that requires constant negotiation.  Since I am a blundering thinker, I reconcile the two practices by both making theoretical ceramics and useful ceramics.  I am aware that I am not answering the question at all and only fuelling it by being so obvious and binary.   As a result, my artistic movement proceeds slowly forward, right foot, left foot, toward some better understanding about the purpose of...

Prairie Artifacts

The objects in an on-going collection called Prairie Artifacts are both functional and sculptural and are part of a larger fantasy narrative set in a Canadian prairie context.  It is a clay story of make-believe creatures and objects created from my imagination which uses the colour and history of the Canadian prairies, where I grew up, as an aesthetic base.   In many cases, the design of a piece is not plotted out when I begin, but during the process of making, the shapes, souls and history of the creatures and pots are...

The Tale of Icarus

One of my favourite historical stories/myths is the tale of Icarus.  It was my father’s analysis of Matisse’s The Flight of Icarus, that provoked my long investigation of the character and the many themes that surround the story.  I began my study with paintings and sketches, following the notion of a flying woman, placing her against the moon instead of the sun, having her fall from the sky, alone, but why?  And the question that continues to resonate in my mind, is it possible to have a female Icarus?  Is it possible that a woman could be so rebellious as to disobey her father and natural laws, to not pay attention to the depth of the sea or the height of the sun, to be truly...