Over her 42-year career, Debra has divided her energy between supporting the development of the ceramic arts of BC and her own practice.
A life-long Vancouver resident, Debra was in self-directed apprenticeship from 1973-79, managing Peg’s Place Pottery School. She attended VSA 1979-82, and returned to ECUAD in 2004, to complete her BFA. She has presented at many symposiums, and established and taught a clay sculpture course for 21 years at the Shadbolt Centre, helping to found the WCCSA. She has adjudicated extensively, and served on all the Craft Boards in Vancouver, and is currently the fundraiser-coordinator for the NWCF. She collects BC ceramicists’ marks and received a grant from the BC History Digitization Project, co-founding an archival website for the BCPG.
In recent years Debra’s work has been represented in international exhibitions, as well as in Canada and USA. Her work is in six LARK 500 [NY] publications, She has written for and been represented in international publications. She has received a BC Arts Council Visual Arts Award, the Circle Craft Scholarship, a grant from FUSION- Ontario, and has just received the 2015 Hilde Gerson Award [Read more here: http://bit.ly/1O7Ezon] from the Craft Council of British Columbia. She has attended three international residencies, one being the Leach Pottery, as the first sculptor in residence since it’s 1920 founding. In 2015 Debra has been accepted for a residency at C.R.E.T.A Rome, MEK Gallery will represent her work again at SOFA - Chicago, her article about Contemporary Ceramics of BC has just been published in Ceramics Now, Vol 3, and she is co- writing an article about traditional equestrian roof tiles in the western counties of the UK.