Canadian Pottery Series - RAKU POTTER - Anne Armstrong

Gallery Event at Gallery 23 
"Stand on my Power"
Rita Milton

Show runs January 5 to February 12, 2017 Opening Reception
Friday, January 13, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
featuring raku and pit-fired pottery by the late Anne Armstrong
at Gallery 23 in Port Dover. 

A Bio on Anne Armstrong

Born in Nova Scotia in 1951, Anne grew up in Halifax.  Anne attended Dalhousie University briefly before relocating to Ontario where she studied photography at Sheridan College, graduating in 1974.

It was in the fall of 1974 that Anne’s desire to work with clay was finally realized as she attended her first night classes in beginners’ pottery.  In 1981 Anne established Brickworks Pottery after having moved to Norfolk County Ontario.

For the majority of her career functional pottery was the focus of her work, each piece being hand thrown and decorated individually. Functional pieces from mugs and teapots to dip trays and dinner plates were available for purchase at her studio store as well as at many craft shows throughout Southwestern Ontario. 

Anne became involved with her local Potter's Guild in Norfolk county and began teaching workshops in 2002, later becoming more involved as a volunteer, teaching both beginners and advanced classes.

In 2004, fascinated with primitive firing methods Anne began to experiment with pit firing and Raku techniques for both porcelain and stoneware clay bodies.  These decorative pieces afforded her the opportunity and freedom to explore a multitude of forms. Much of her work from this later evolution in her journey was influenced by ancient Asian pottery.

Though out her life Anne received a number of awards for her work, taught classes locally and abroad including Berlin, Germany and had her work featured in a number of publications including 500 Raku by Lark Crafts and Pit Firing Ceramics: Modern Methods, Ancient Traditions by Dawn Whitehand.

Each of Anne's pieces carries her determination, creativity and unwavering passion.