Ellen was born and raised in the small coastal community of Campbell River. As the daughter of a commercial fisherman, she has a long and direct connection with the sea and with nature.

While pursuing a Fine Art Diploma at Malaspina College (now VIU) in Nanaimo BC, Ellen has a serendipitous meeting with clay and became instantly addicted. She was often the first to arrive at the ceramics studio in the morning, and the last to leave at night.

After receiving her diploma, she returned to Campbell River and continued her art education and work in Raku at North Island College. For years she balanced a working life and caring for family together with her pottery career. In 2006 she made the decision to work full time in the studio, and has never looked back.

“When I get my hands into the clay, all is right in my world. Clay is truly a magical material and I have not begun to exhaust the possibilities.”

 

Testimonials

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 Ellen was a fantastic student, and it has been a pleasure to watch her become a fantastic potter
 
John Chernetski was Ellen’s first pottery instructor at Malaspina College.
He has 50 years experience teaching, potting, and sculpting.

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About 9 years ago, I saw some of Ellen's pottery in a shop in Victoria, and decided to contact her to see about doing a backsplash for my renovated kitchen. Everything was handled by email, without a single hitch or surprise. The many pieces, which were all numbered,  arrived safely, complete with a comprehensive drawing for the tilesetter to follow for installation.  It couldn't have been easier. The backsplash is still as beautiful as the day it was installed. I am so pleased and have received numerous compliments. I would highly recommend Ellen.


Beth

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In my 30 years of tile experience, I have never seen anything as unique as this Raku backsplash. It was a pleasure to install and at the end of the day, Ellen, the client and myself were all thrilled with the result. It's more than a backsplash...it's a work of art. Spectacular! I would highly recommend that you contact Ellen to explore the possibilities for creating an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind masterpiece for your own home.

Dean Haight