As with all things creative, we begin with an idea, a concept, a vision of the finished product. I love the starting point, opening the fresh bag of clay and feeling the cool, soft, malleable and slightly gritty texture. Creating a replica in clay of something I’ve seen in nature, gives me the greatest pleasure. I know that with each piece, I can do my best, but that in the end, the kiln will have the final say. It is both my partner and my nemesis.
In the end, I do this because I love it. My creativity is fed by happiness. With every piece, I try to add a hint of ‘something’ that brings a smile to the face of the viewer.
- Jackie Friesen -
To put it simply, I’ve always been happiest in the great outdoors. My love of nature and travel coupled with my appetite for adventure, has taken me to many beautiful places. These various destinations have all inspired me in one way or another.