I have been working with clay for some twenty years, and have taken many courses with several prominent clay artists in Ottawa. I am a member of the Ottawa Guild of Potters, where I occasionally participate in the biannual sales, selling my functional pottery. I like working with glazes and since I have a PhD in chemistry (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic), I have always enjoyed mixing my own coloured variants. My functional pieces are done with white clay, glazed and fired at cone 6, and are all food-safe.

At the present time my work with clay is focused on sculpting. Here I work with sculpting clays or paper clay. My art reflects the intense relationship between myself and nature, namely trees. I am inspired by the structure of trees and by the beautiful twists and bends of their branches. By sculpting trees, I am trying to reveal the unique beauty of these resilient creatures that tower around us; creatures that are fundamental to our survival.

I am a member of the National Capital Network of Sculptors (NCNS), where I exhibit my sculptures of trees at the annual exhibits "Dimensions". I am also a member of the Art Ottawa East (AOE), where some of my sculptures of trees were also presented at the annual exhibits "Selections".

Exhibits

  1. A series named "Surviving Birch Trees" was awared the prize "Best of Expression" at the annual juried exhibitions at the Ottawa Guild of Potters (Spring 2011)
  2. A sculpture entiteld "Birch Tree Stump" was at the juried exhibition "Selections" organized by the OAE (Fall 2011)
  3. A sculpture "Surviving Elm Tree" was at the juried exhibition selections by the OAE (Fall 2012)
  4. A sculpture "Surviving Elm" was shown at the juried exhibition organized by the NCNS at the Musem of Nature
  5. Sculptures "Surviving Birch Tree" and "Surviving Oak Tree" were exhibited at the event oganized by the NCNS at the St. Brigit Center for Arts (Fall 2013)
  6. A sculpture entitled "Birch Tree" was at the juried exhibit "Selections" organized by the OAE (Fall 2014)
  7. An exhibition of my birch sculptures together with the paintings of birch trees by artist Marie Leger was shown at the Shenkman Arts Center Display Case (August 2015)
  8. An exhibition of my sculptures of birch trees and an oak tree together with a coloured vase was presented at the NCNS at the St. Brigit Center for Arts (September 2015)