I have enjoyed making pottery for over 40 years, and worked with various clay bodies and glazes. Ash glazes have been my focus for the last couple years, and after lots of glaze testing I have workable ash glazes that produce great results in an oxidation environment. Other ideas are spinning around in my head and I hope to get back in the studio soon and try them out, so keep posted.
Where to find my pottery?
My showroom, L'Abbe Pottery, Waterloo, Ontario
Johnathon, London, Ontario
The Canadian Clay and Glass Museum, Waterloo, Ontario
L'Abbé Pottery, Waterloo, Ontario - Own and operate pottery studio and showroom. Current work consists of porcelain and stoneware fired at Cone 9-10 oxidation. Forms are constructed using a combination of wheel and hand built shapes and glazed with multiple layers consisting of ash and other base glazes.
Waterloo Potter's Workshop - Part-time instructor and conducted workshops on various throwing techniques.
Studio 405, Ile de Chenes, Manitoba – owned and operated my studio where my production was mainly functional pottery, fired at cone 9 reduction. I formulated glazes and clay bodies for cone 9 reduction.
Own studio, Calgary, Alberta – Functional pottery, designed and built fiber kiln, slab roller, and other pottery equipment.
Studio Potter, Ceramic Arts, Calgary, Alberta – honed my functional pottery skills as an apprentice potter, and assisted in building a reduction car kiln, and other equipment.
Ceramic Instructor and Technician for Georgian College Summer School of the Arts, Barrie, Ontario
The pottery seeds were planted while studying at
Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology, Design and Material Arts program, Barrie, Ontario
Central Technical Institute, Ceramic Arts Program, Toronto, Ontario
And was absorbed in portrait drawing instead of academia at
Awards and Exhibitions
2003 Group Show, 'It's all Greek to Me', Blush Gallery, Stratford, Ontario
2002 Featured Artist, Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario
2001 Featured Artist, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario
2001 Tuckers Award of Merit, Earthborn, Waterloo, Ontario
1999 Tuckers Award of Merit, Earthborn, Waterloo, Ontario
1996 Dorethea Tutte Award for best functional piece, Earthborn, Waterloo, Ontario
1996 Ontario Crafts Council Design Award, Earthborn, Ontario
1981 Manitoba Designer Craftsman Award
1976 Blue Mountain Pottery Scholarship
Workshops and Lectures
Enhance pottery skills - L'Abbe Pottery
Handle Techniques, Mississauga Potters Guild
Ash Glazes, Deep River, Ontario - Handles and Ash Glazes, Fusion Workshops
Throwing and Handle Techniques, Hamilton Potters Guild
Handle Techniques, Bowls - Waterloo Potter's Workshop
Throwing Techniques - Ottawa Guild
Throwing Techniques - Dundee Pottery