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Ann Semple

Clayfoot Crockery


Ann Semple

Ann's fascination with clay began in 1974 in Kingston, Ontario, when she took an evening pottery course while an under graduate  at Queen's university. After that first course, Ann joined the Kingston potters guild where she took further instruction from some very talented guild potters. Further classes in London Ontario made her realize the importance of learning about glaze chemistry, and upon moving to Metchosin, B.C., Ann was thrilled to find MISSA (Metchosin International College of Art) where she has been able to take several wonderful courses. Ann has been a member of the West Shore Arts Council, South Vancouver Island Potters Guild and the B.C. pottery Guild for some years now, and has been affiliated with the Coast Collective since 2009

Ann loves all aspects of pottery, and her work reflects that, with her functional stoneware, garden pieces, masks and decorative work. The garden pieces are often conceived while she is gazing at the trees in which she finds faces and shapes she then attempts to replicate.  Ann's pottery is decorated with personally developed glazes that frequently reflect the hues of the earth and sky around us.

 Ann's pottery draws on her relationship to the landscape of the Pacific Northwest - both the beauty that she finds in its natural spaces and her distress that those spaces are not being protected. Her functional tableware is full of calm, dynamic lines and peaceful colors that capture the  land or sea in every light. Her guardian and garden sculptures, meanwhile, express the wilder side of nature. Their expressions range from playful to almost fierce - though, like the organic textures that inspire them, interpretation depends on the eye of the perceiver.

Website: www.annsemple.com

E-Mail: annsemple@shaw.ca

Phone: 250-478-2341

Address: 4531 Lindholm Road

 

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