Region: Vancouver Coast & Mountains
I love making functional forms in clay and the experiences I have had while traveling have been a large influence in my work. As a teenager I lived in East Pakistan until the Bangladesh war started; I had just arrived in Japan when the Kobe earthquake happened. Experiencing the rebuilding of communities from nothing drives home the necessity of useful objects in our lives, and has encouraged me in the production of functional ware. The relationship I have with clay has always involved working as a teacher, educating others about the importance of form and function in pottery. I have been teaching pottery for over 30 years in schools, colleges and community centres.
I work in low fire earthenware and medium fire porcelain pieces. Clay provides a wonderful tactile expression which is very therapeutic. Living with epilepsy, I find the potters wheel helps to create focus and centres my energy.