This polar bear peeks up from a hole in the ice, seeking his next meal. The artist sought to capture the deceptively friendly expressions so typical of this great hunting bear, as well as studying the surprisingly complex colouring of the bear's coat.
Sheba raku clay fired to cone 6, painted with Velvet matte underglazes
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Long ago in a classroom somewhere, I etched a note to myself on a wooden easel: “Art should be everywhere”. This quickly became my mantra and has guided my exploration of media, subject, and form until this very day. Born in British Columbia to a family that is primarily Nova Scotian, I have strong ties to the oceans, mountains, and forests. I strive to create pieces that will incite a love affair between the beholder and the subject. If I can create a piece that someone wants to touch or talk to everyday, I have achieved my goal. I like to cross the line between craft (which is typically functional) and art (which is typically untouchable), and find a middle ground where the work is finessed, but the end product is approachable. If a person can appreciate how precious a ceramic cephalopod is, they can learn to appreciate how precious the original animal is.