Denise found clay as an adult, graduating with a Diploma in Fine Art: Clay from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD) in 2007. Following graduation with the help of her patient husband she renovated an ancient outbuilding on her rural property into a functional ceramic studio. The following winter she attended the Atlantic Canada Trade Show and began a successful wholesale business with her pottery carried by shops and galleries throughout Canada and New England. The volume and timelines of the wholesale market helped refine her forms and surface design.
In 2014 Denise returned to NBCCD to complete supplementary courses in tile-making, drawing and design. At this point in her career she has scaled back her wholesale line and is focusing on highly-decorated work, ideal for gallery and online presence. Her new work has recently been exhibited at “Cup: The Intimate Object “ at the Charlie Cummings Gallery in Gainesville, Florida, “The Great Mug Spectacular” at the Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery in London, ON and “In the Details” at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, NB.
Denise lives in Tweedside, NB in a 140 year-old farmhouse with her husband and golden-doodle puppy who is much harder to raise than her children were.