Blue Sky Pottery
A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Dalrymple first worked as a production potter while living out West. He points out that his work has continued to evolve over the years. “It takes a long time to hone your craft”, he says. After returning to Nova Scotia, he enrolled in an entrepreneurship course at Acadia University and, from there, went on to establish Mud Creek Pottery in Wolfville.
While his original focus was on creating pottery more functional in nature, he is now experimenting with works that are non-functional, such as clay sculptures, mask and vases. He says a certain freedom comes with making that kind of switch, one that allows him to experiment with finishes aside from the traditional glazing required on pottery designed for food and drink.
He has also started working on a series of sculptures most recently completing sculptures that are up to 28 inches high.
Elspeth graduated from Acadia University, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with many Art History courses. She then, began her Bachelor of Education Degree. Short one course from the degree, she moved to Houston where she received a Texas Teaching Certificate. Elspeth attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University upon her return to Nova Scotia.
Workshops with successful Canadian and United States potters, attending school at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, continuing education, and teaching pottery, all keep pottery magical for Elspeth.
One of Elspeth’s specialties is “Raku”, originating as a Japanese firing technique, which has been Westernized in North America. This has evolved for Elspeth into “horsehair Raku”.
“Raku is exciting to produce. It is dangerous. It is elemental. The interplay of earth, water, fire, smoke, wind and chance a Raku artist’s dance”, says Ruth Apter.
Elspeth says that her pottery is constantly evolving. Not one piece will be the same as she continues to change. Inspiration comes from everyday experiences that influence the functionality of the clay, along with the importance of historical and cultural influences.