150 Tea Bowls for Canada's 150th

As part of Canada’s 150th birthday, I decided to get into the studio and do something special. I am very partial to the Japanese tea bowl, both as a functional object (I love that a bowl without a handle warms the outside and inside of you) and I love the beauty of an object that has thousands of years of history.

My bowls have nowhere the artistry and depth of the traditional Japanese bowls but I throw them with deep respect to the tradition. A third of the bowls were fired in the wood kiln which gives them that special feel only available in such a natural process.

Wood Fire ... the ancient touch

I believe we all are drawn at some point in our lives or maybe all through our lives, where we feel a strong desire to make something with our hands.

For some of us, it can be as simple as building a birdhouse, knitting a scarf or baking some bread. For others, it moves beyond craft and into art and maybe even into a piece of work for the ages. For most of us, however, it is enough for the pure joy and satisfaction of the "making."

I may have tried my hand at making things as a young boy and man but my first real moment came on a beach near Gimli Manitoba in 1972. Linda and I took a staff of twenty nine people down there for a weekend of art and craft as her suggestion for an alternative to typical "professional development" courses. It was a brilliant idea.

I got interested in the pottery course and met an amazing potter named Steve Repa. He introduced me to clay and the wheel.

I took to it...