I began my journey as a potter on the potter's wheel in 2002, under the inspiring guidance of Lyse Fleury, a renowned Quebecois potter. For many years, I diligently followed her teachings, practicing several hours a week on a kick wheel, the famous Legault model. Thanks to her kindness, I was able to experiment with various forms and develop my skills.
I quickly acquired a Legault wheel near my home, as well as a small electric kiln shortly after. This equipment provided me with greater autonomy, allowing me to practice pottery at home. I made pieces for my colleagues at work and exhibited them during events organized at Lyse's studio in the spring.
But one day, I felt the need to become independent in order to consolidate my skills. That's when I decided to continue my practice on my own. I also started experimenting with making my own glazes, searching for recipes on the web or in specialized books. This process allowed me to find colors and textures that perfectly match my tastes and aspirations, revealing the complexity of the art of pottery.
Since 2015, I made the choice to turn my passion into a full-time professional activity. I have participated in numerous Christmas fairs and summer markets and in 2023, I participated in the biggest pottery event in Quebec: 1001 Pots! I now primarily focus on these types of events, where ceramics are celebrated. My journey has also led me to participate in other similar events, such as Céramystic in Way's Mills and Parcours Céramique in Montreal.
I work from home because I am fortunate enough to own my own house. I have set up several small rooms in the basement to store my beautiful pottery. My main workspace is small, but very well-organized, allowing me to be efficient and creative. During the summer season, I even have the opportunity to use a shelter for my pots, which protects them from the elements and speeds up their drying process.
Working in small series allows me to create unique pieces and pay special attention to every detail. This artisanal approach is highly appreciated by my clients, who value the authenticity and quality of my creations. I can dedicate all my time and energy to each piece, making sure it reflects my passion and craftsmanship. The intention is to also to honour past and ancient potters in a way. Pottery has existed for probably over 10000 years, certainly more than 8000 years. Although materials and tools technology has changed the craft in a sense, making pots by hand still remains a way of getting in touch with nature and using our hands along with our imagination!
My pottery is simple and functional, designed to be useful to those who adopt it. During markets, I am pleased to see that my pots are not only admired, but also purchased by many people who recognize their value and beauty. It is gratifying to see my creations find their place in homes and be used in everyday life, whether it be for cooking, serving or decorating. This strengthens my belief that pottery can bring a little extra happiness and satisfaction to people. It is one more reason that pushes me to continue this activity and to continue creating pots that meet the appreciation and demand of the public.