I have loved working with clay ever since I was a little girl. I was never one for functional pottery. Quirky animals seemed to be my thing. I had taken numerous ceramic courses through a variety of studios in Calgary for many years.
In 2011 I trained with Rick Ellsworth and Paula Kenworthy at Mountain River Arts in the San Juan Islands, USA. They were retiring and wanted someone to carry on the life of the fish.
I loved it so much I purchased all the equipment and glazes, headed home and established Madd Mud in June of 2011. My husband Marc and I built our new home way out in the bush North West of Water Valley, Alberta on the Fallen Timber Creek. The Studio is off the garage, kiln shed in the dog run. Our dogs protect me from the bears and mountain lions!
My raku sculptures have evolved into so many new critters since 2011. From almost every imaginable sea creature to cats and dogs and flying pigs! Most of my pieces are raku but I do work with a cone 6 clay for different effects. Mostly hand thrown on the potters wheel. Some of my new wall art pieces are from a mold that I spent long hours sculpting. Some rakued, some fired to Cone 6 then airbrushed.
The term Raku (literally, "enjoyment" or "ease").
When most potters in the West think of raku firing, they think of what should technically be referred to as “American” or “Western” raku: a process in which pottery work is removed from the kiln at bright red heat and subjected to post-firing reduction (or smoking) by being placed in containers of combustible materials, which blackens raw clay and causes crazing in the glaze surface