I was attracted to sculpture after taking a class with Raymond Warren. Immediately I knew I wanted to create humpback whales because they embody for me, power and vulnerability. 

I’ve been primarily interested in functional pottery - I enjoy exploring muted colours and shapes while achieving a high standard of quality. In the kitchen and on the dining room table, I believe that home-made tastes even better in hand-made pottery.

In 2015, I was approached by Ikebana teachers that needed specific vases (suiban or nageire) for their students.  I was immediately fascinated and inspired by this ancient floral art form.  My challenge now, is to create containers that inspire the more advanced Ikebana arrangers.


Studio Pottery

A little about me...

 Despite completing a B.A. in visual arts, my subsequent career in teaching took a different, though highly rewarding path. It was not until 2006, when I signed up for a pottery class that I finally found the right medium for my artistic expression.

Today, in my Gatineau Hills studio surrounded by hills and trees, I spend my time shaping clay, a material I love for its fragility, its versatility and its strength. As a ceramist, in addition to shaping clay, I study, test and create my own glazes and fire my pieces in my studio kiln; above all, I get to meet and exchange with interesting and inspiring people.

 

A personal quote:

“We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.” (Lao Tzu)

 

 Michelle Bertrand