Pat's reflections about her work:
I belong to the tribe of people who
feel compelled to shape vessels from clay; vessels for daily use
or for contemplation.
My designs are distilled from ideas
and images born through attentiveness to nature. I feel connected
to ancient people whose vessels served a function while also praising
and describing the world of which they were a part. I continue this
tradition and delight in holding and moulding hand-warmed clay till
it breathes with life.
Today functional pottery blends art
with life, fusing the tactile with the visual. Our lives are enriched
and deepened by use of vessels which nourish our spirit while holding
foods that nourish our bodies. This elevates our daily tasks to
acts of affirmation; art and life are integrated.
Creating pots from clay and fire is
my celebration of life. I have gained my inspiration from observing
plants, animals and rocks. These I interpret through ceramic sculpture
and pottery forms. A vase becomes complete when holding flowers,
foliage or grasses. A small frog climbing an urn is a metaphor for
the beauty and fragility of nature.
I use many creatures to express playfulness,
laughter and joy in my pots. They reveal my feelings about the earth
and about all forms of being. We are of the earth and made of the
same stuff. The frog is my most beloved creature to form and represents
new life, rebirth and metamorphosis. Frog becomes a storyteller;
a key player in her own mystical fable.
I was born, raised and schooled in
Vancouver. My studies of ceramics began with studio potters in Oregon.
My training continued at Oregon State University and in Portland’s
Museum Art School and Chinese Art Studio. When I moved back to Vancouver
Island, I established my first studio in Brentwood Bay, followed
by 21 years in Cordova Bay. I now live and work on Salt Spring Island
but my connection to the Oregon potters continues with yearly trips
to wood-fire my pots in the Digger Mountain Anagama.
All are welcome to my Salt Spring
Island studio where I make pots, teach workshops and garden in amongst
the rocks and forests. What a good life.