Deb Brown, InstructorIn 1986, I took my first pottery class and immediately was inspired to learn and explore this creative process. I love the feel of the clay in my hands, the freedom clay gives me to experiment and the ability to express myself artistically. My skills have developed through a lot of practice, research and play. Each step in making pottery - from throwing on the wheel, trimming, decorating, glazing to firing - is an opportunity to go in a new direction or perfect a skill already there.
The majority of my pottery is thrown on the potter’s wheel but I also use a variety of hand-building methods to create pieces. My pottery ranges from functional every-day-use to decorative one-of-a-kind artwork. I use a variety of firing techniques and kilns to complete the pots; an electric kiln, Raku kiln, Barrel kiln, Saggar and horsehair firings. It is that kind of exploration and adventure that keeps me in clay.
I work from my home studio in Oak Bluff, Manitoba and teach pottery classes on a private basis or in workshop settings. My pottery has been seen in solo and group exhibitions in the province and pictured in Style Manitoba magazine and in Winnipeg Life magazine. I have had the pleasure of creating commissioned pieces for many organizations and personal collections.