I try to capture the spontaneous gesture and expression of animals and people in my sculpture. Raku firing and other finish techniques help to give ceramic figures a defining attitude. You may recognize the works as metaphors for human concerns. Details help to tell their story – the angle of the head, the curl of the lip, the expression of the eyes all feed my imagination.
My art training began at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts children’s art classes where my favourite times there was modeling clay. Later, in architecture school at McGill, I especially loved the life drawing and sketching schools. I returned to working with clay at the Mount Royal Pottery Studio during the early years of family life, to give myself that undeniable pleasure of self-expression. There I learned wheel-throwing, but found I was drawn most to hand building. Upon moving to Ottawa in the early 1990’s, I have continued to explore this art form, taking workshops with Leta Cormier, Michael Sheba, Les Manning, Jim Thompson and others while working out of my own studio. I am a member of the National Capital Network of Sculpture and a long standing member of of the Ottawa Guild of Potters – previously Guild newsletter editor, communications and promotions chair and a coordinator of the Great Bowl of Fire charity fundraiser and now workshop coordinator.
Awards and Exhibitions
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Art School junior scholarship in 1965 for clay modeling. I have participated in numerous exhibitions through the Town of Mount Royal Pottery Studio and the Ottawa Guild of Potters annual juried exhibition, Jurors Choice awards (2001 John Ikeda, 2004 Leta Cormier, 2010 Penelope Kokkinos jurors).
- Dimensions St. Brigid’s Art Centre In the Briar Patch (Brer Fox and Brer Rabbit)
- Joint exhibition with Barbara Adams Arts Ottawa East Office Into the Wild
- Transitions exhibition part of Fusion mentorship program with 9 other ceramics artists, Shenkman Art Centre.
- Ottawa Art Gallery sales and rentals Thoroughbred, Hare and Tortoise Race
- Best of National Capital Network of Sculptors City of Ottawa Archives Caribou
- Figureworks St.Brigid’s Art Centre juried exhibition sculptures Hatching and Sofa.
- Dimensions St. Brigid’s Art Centre Race of the March Hare and Blanding’s Turtle.
2012 Juried Exhibitions
- Figureworks exhibition St. Brigid’s Art Centre 2012 sculpture Thoughts Worth Knowing
- Canadian Museum of Nature sculpture 2012
- Dimensions Ottawa Network of Sculptors 2012 Mimicry
2011 Juried Exhibitions
- Museum of Nature, Twin Otters and Feeling Bullish
- Ottawa Guild of Potters Spring Exhibition, juror Bill Reddick The Gallery
- Ottawa Art Gallery Sales and Rentals Icarus, Tortoise Race, Out on a Limb,Young Caribou
- Dimensions Ottawa Network of Sculptors On the Bench, Reflection
- Figureworks Orange Art Gallery Mode and To Dance
2010-11 Group Exhibitions
- Grange de l’Éléphant, Georgeville, Québec Spring 2010,2011
- Arts Ottawa East National Capital Sculptors Network Retrospective Musical Arabesque
- Selections 2010, Trinity Art Gallery, Arts Ottawa East, Shenkman Arts Centre, Fall, The Tortoise Race: Darwin’s Dream
- Ottawa Guild of Potters and Fusion Spring Exhibition 2010, Carleton University, juror Penelope Kokkinos, Juror’s Choice Award Pegasus; Darwin’s Dream sculpture
- New Edinburgh Lantern Festival: mixed media sculpture, Phoenix Rising
- Mid-America Print Council Minnesota, USA Oct. 2010 Supreme Harmony vs. Landslide- A Dragon’s Tale
2009 Group Exhibitions
- Ottawa Guild of Potters Spring Exhibition 2009 and Ontario Crafts Council Gallery,
juror Judith Graham, Caribou Calf
- Grange de l’Éléphant, Georgeville, Quebec, Summer, various pieces