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Photo: Ned Pratt, for a recent Craft Council N.L. Gallery exhibition.

St. John’s, Newfoundland ceramist Jane Ogilvie uses a range of techniques to create her ceramics. “I love making teapots,” she says. “There are so many different approaches you can take with them, limited only by the imagination.”

For this white stoneware teapot, she built by hand the spout, handle, and knob, and used lace she found in Bulgaria to lend texture. “I’ve been using lace for a couple of years,” she says. “This interest began when I was given a piece from my mother in law’s estate. It occurred to me that I could make pots for her family members using her lace…And then I took a trip to Bulgaria where I visited pottery workshops and many museums. It was a wonderful experience and the Bulgarian lace reminds me of the beautiful art pieces I saw there.”

At the greenware stage, she painted the random shapes that the lace threads create and then applied the greenish celadon glaze on the bisqued piece. “I enjoy the contrast between symmetry of the wheel-thrown aspects and the organic nature of the hand-built parts,” she says.


Janice Hudson

East Coast Living