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Susan Rankin

My introduction to pottery came via the television screen.  I was born in England and in my youth we only had one television station – the BBC.  There were no advertisements so between programs we had “interludes”.  One of these showed a potter throwing a pot on the wheel.  I loved watching it and wanted to try it, but it took me a long time to actually live my dream.

I had a very academic education, with little attention paid to fine arts.  This together with work and family commitments meant I didn’t really get into “being creative” until late in life.  In the 1980s I started to paint and in 1999, having moved to North Vancouver, I took a pottery class at my local community centre and from then on pottery became one of the major interests in my life.

Most of my work is functional and is microwave, oven and dishwasher safe.   Raku fired pieces are the exception.  They are decorative, should be hand washed, and not used for food preparation.  Although I do sometimes hand build, most of my work is produced on the wheel using both white and red clay.  I like to try different decorative treatments. You will see pieces painted with slips and underglazes, carved, glazed with multiple glazes and using wax resist.  I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoy making it.

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