Her earlier work was primarily Fabric Sculpture. In past years, she has created many unique, one-of-kind pieces on rocks, driftwood and ‘treasures’ rescued and recycled. While she still enjoys working with this medium, Susan has devoted more of her time to hand building clay flowers on wood. She believes that wood has its own special beauty and the flowers created are designed to enhance that.
When asked which sculpture is her favourite, Susan has been heard to say she has not created it yet! She plans to continue getting her hands dirty building pieces she is passionate about!
Sheryl graduated from Capilano College, North Vancouver, in 1988 with a diploma in Graphic Design and Visual Communications.
In 2000 Sheryl went back to school to study Fine Art at Langara College in Vancouver, where she developed a love for clay. In 2004 she and her husband moved to Sorrento and set up a full time pottery business.
Sheryl has explored a wide variety of forms and glazes that give her pottery a dynamic feel.
“I enjoy creating objects that celebrate life.”
They can be functional or simply beautiful, but what I want is for them to be inspiring and uplifting. I have a great appreciation for the affect that one’s visual surroundings have on one’s state of mind. This belief inspires me to surround myself with things that feed my soul. It also inspires me to make things that bring me joy as I create them, and in turn, I hope that they’ll bring joy to those who use them.
My main line of work is domestic pottery but I like to play with sculpture and decorative pieces as well. Either way, I make things that have lots of room for exploration within their form, decoration and glaze, creating families of objects that celebrate differences yet gel as sets.
When I make pots for the kitchen and serving, I aim to design wares that are at once both functional and aesthetically pleasing. I find it exciting when these two elements are balanced and the beauty of a piece enhances it’s usefulness.
Jude gravitates to colourful, whimsical designs with each of her pieces starting with a flat slab of clay. From there she uses a variety of tools, molds and cuts to create items that are fun to use and to display.
To achieve the soft, satin look on the finished piece she uses terra sigillata. Terra sigillata is an ultra-refined clay slip that she applies to bone-dry wares and then polishes with a piece of plastic while still damp. The term terra sigillata, which means ‘sealed earth’, comes from the name of a type of Roman pottery mass-produced around the first century.
Teaching Pottery classes has been another clay adventure that allows Jude to add a bit more hustle and bustle into her studio, and “colour” into her days /evenings.
I make porcelain and some stoneware pots for use. I am fascinated by the infinite variations of simple, understated shapes. I like to decorate the pots with fairly precise drawings or patterns which then shift slightly or dramatically when the glaze melts. I’m intrigued by the variations which the path of the flames creates on the glazed surface. The pots are fired in a propane kiln to 1300 degrees C, incandescent heat.
I live near the Adams River. The diversity of plant and animal life here is amazing! The changing colours and patterns of the plants, water and sky are a constant source of energy for me.
I grew up in the San Francisco area. I graduated with a degree in Fine Art from UBC. In 1973 my husband and I built Ravens Bluff Pottery on a hillside above the North Shuswap.
Held in historic Celista Hall, the Great Shuswap Pottery Sale has been presenting the Shuswaps' best art since 1985.
Celista Hall, aka North Shuswap Community Hall, is located at 5456 Squilax-Anglemont Road, Celista, BC
From the Trans-Canada cross the bridge at Squilax. Go through Roderick Haig-Brown Park and head east along the lake (on the north shore) until you come to Celista.
From there its about half a kilometre to the hall. Follow the signs and you are certain to find us.