There has always been an affinity towards the creative process. Graduated with a BFA in Fine arts at the University Of Manitoba with a post graduate study in Ceramics.
Several years of Organic farming in California, Colorado, Oregon, BC and a recent permaculture course has kept me connected with the natural elements, processes, and alchemy similar to ceramics/crafting processes.
Lived with yogic monks in California and learned yoga/meditation which changed life's pace, creative process, and awareness. Zen is also an interest and influence. While transforming raw earth into new forms and functions, one realizes that they too are always in the process of refining, centering, and transformation.
I teach pottery and spend as much time in the studio when possible. There is always some refining and picking up on subtleties in pottery which allows me to be better connected and intuitive in my work and everyday life.
My Ceramic work is mostly utilitarian and I have work in a few local shops (Forks Trading Co, Pinch of Creativity, and Rams Wool.) I make bowls, plates, saucers, cups, mugs, teacups, tea pots, sushi platters, yarn bowls etc.
"We shape clay into a pot, but is the emptyness inside that holds what we want" Lao Tzu
When not making pottery there's usually another form of craft/assemblage/art to take its place temporarily such as mixed media art or Tote Bags which are durable and made with mostly Cotton from new and upcycled materials. I like the idea of crafting something that carries the groceries to fill the pottery wares at home.They can easily be stashed in a backpack/messenger bag for groceries, books, etc.
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The Wind Horse (Lung-ta /in Tibetan) represents good fortune and is often seen represented on a Buddhist prayer flag to manifest uplifting life force energies and opportunities that makes things go well. The ancient Buddhist prayers, mantras and powerful symbols displayed on them is said to produce a healing vibration that is scattered by the wind across the land filling all space.
This energy is represented by 5 different colored flags representing the 5 elements of nature; Blue-space, White-air, Red-fire, Green-water, Yellow-earth. These elements are also utilized in making pottery and flames flickering and flapping in a wood kiln move similar to a flag spreading and infusing all the elements in a kiln into the pottery into our living spaces.
"Live sinply so that others may simply live" :)