I made the shape of the tray with black clay. Once it was dry enough to hold its shape, I painted a white slip on the base. I let the slip dry until it had no sheen on it. I carved out this corn stalk and rooster and accented him with red and blue underglazes.
My pottery dries slowly on my drying shelf which is wrapped in plastic. I bisque fired to about 2300 degrees. I then dipped my tray in a food-safe clear gloss and fire to about 2900 in an electric kiln. It is ready to use.
About the artist:
I was born and raised on a farm near Niagara Falls. I took construction technology at Niagara College where I met my husband, Dave. Upon graduation in 1976 Dave got a job in Sudbury and I moved to Toronto. In 1977 we married. The 1980’s recession came and construction estimating jobs became scares. I devoted my time to raising our 2 daughters.
While in Sudbury I took many art classes ranging from ceramics to folk-art painting. I joined an art club and with the help of the other artists, I learned to paint freehand. In 2003 I bought my first bag of clay, glazes, and a used kiln. I took a few lessons on the potter’s wheel, loved it and purchased my own pottery wheel.
After trying several art mediums I found my passion, clay. I enjoy working with clay because it is very versatile. I can create and be artistic to my heart’s content and never tire of it.
In 2009 we moved to Utterson. I joined the Muskoka Art & Crafts and became involved in the art community. Before Covid, I sold at the 100 KM Huntsville Market and was on the executive. I have sold my pottery in summer and Christmas shows. I also sell on Etsy.
From 2015 to 2018 I stepped back from the MAC as both my father and Dave’s stepmom’s health declined, and they passed away in a ripe old age. I rejoined MAC in 2019 just before Covid hit.
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