I see pottery as a journey. I am constantly learning about life and my place in it through the tactile expression of clay. Being close to the Bay of Fundy and the St. John River is my main source of inspiration. Life can be hectic and I enjoy the serenity of the outdoors. I hope my work portrays that sense of calm. Hopefully we all find some inspiration in our own backyards.
I enjoy making organic forms that sometimes loosely represent nature and other times are direct links. My work is hand built and thrown on the wheel then cut and altered. My recent work has been an exploration in materials and different processes to achieve the look I have envisioned for quite sometime. To see the work finally coming to fruition keeps me looking forward to the future.
I’m grateful to be able to work at my craft and look forward to the road ahead.
Joanna Pottle was raised in Westfield NB. She attended the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design for the first time from 1993-1995 focusing on photography. She returned to the Craft College in 2002 and graduated with a Diploma in Studio Pottery in 2004. Since that time she has maintained a studio in Saint John.Joanna has attended workshops in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. She also teaches hand building workshops at her studio on the west side of Saint John.