Autumn Ceramics

When I was in university, I worked primarily (well, let’s be honest – solely) in 2D materials. I took one ceramics class as an elective to give it a shot but compared to my comfort level with painting, ceramics was a real challenge. Things didn’t go where I wanted them to, the wheel hypnotized my eyes and it just wasn’t a painting (duh, Chelsea.) Regardless, it was fun to get my hands dirty.

A year or two after university, I found myself feeling a little uninspired. I wanted a challenge. I found a pottery class at my local community centre a couple years ago and pushed myself out of my comfort zone to try it out. Learning from the ground up (turns out I forgot everything I learned in ceramics at university) was a great experience. It was really a lesson in putting yourself in situations you aren’t always comfortable in, and that something really beautiful can come from a little anxiety. There is always something more to learn.

Last year I was really excited with what I ended up with having practiced a bit more, and am really excited for what’s to come this Autumn. I’m thinking wood-wick candles, rustic cheese plates, unique mugs, and lots of little drawings on everything.

A little pot that came out of the kiln last night

Artist Call: Anonymous Art Show 2015

My piece (middle) at last year’s Anonymous Art Show. “Technicolour Dream Wolf” 8″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas

I can’t believe it’s already that time again! The Anonymous Art Show at the North Vancouver Community Arts Council’s
CityScape Community Art Space is always a fun (packed!) time. It brings together established and emerging local artists in a floor to ceiling exhibition that gives people a fantastic opportunity to do some holiday shopping while supporting local artists. You can always tell when this exhibition is nearing as it seems the art supply stores stack their shelves getting ready for the influx of people purchasing the same sized canvas. Read on and this will make sense.

The AAS is a great way to get your art on a gallery wall and be a part of a great annual event. People line up outside the door long before the show opens – because once a piece is gone, it’s gone! Literally, they take it off the wall.

There is 10 days until the deadline for the exhibition. Haven’t started? Don’t worry, you still have time. You can submit between one to three 8″ x 8″ x 1.5″ 2D pieces to the show, and they need to be physically at the gallery by the 31st of October.

Check out the artist call for more information. Happy creating & see you there!


I admit it, I haven’t done the best job at keeping this blog updated. Guilty! With Autumn in full force, I have no excuse. Here come the chilly nights in – my favourite time of the year, with lots of time for creating. Speaking of which, I’ve been having a great time lately. I recently finished a new painting of an adorable dog named Philly. I love the wood in the background, and that I got to give him a little name plaque. I was told he has quite a stoic personality, so I think this suited him well. I’m looking forward to bringing more wood texture into my paintings.

18″ x 24″ Acrylic on panel