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April Gates is the top bird at Blackbird Pottery.
Her passion lies in the surface of pots where imagery and mark making are explored and layered for a graphic and lyrical approach to clay.
Rural roots, landscape and nostalgia permeate her work where intimate everyday objects become conduits for reflection and narrative.
Forms are largely functional and sometimes sculptural using various clay bodies and forming techniques with porcelain, stoneware and casting slips.
Explorations in surface keep the elements of challenge and learning at the forefront, feeding a passion for expression and inquiry.
April's home studio resides in the Old Donald Schoolhouse close to the village of Haliburton, Ontario where she hosts the occasional workshop and is otherwise open by appointment.