Rosemary Swan

Rosemary is the Founding Director of the Gloucester Pottery School which she founded in 1991 and retired from in 2020. Rosemary has been working in clay since 1971 mainly with porcelain and stoneware. After completing a Fine Arts degree in 1990 she began working on large murals. Her “Tree of Knowledge” (a Raku triptych) can be seen in the North Gloucester Library on Ogilvie Road. She has won many awards for her work and her dedication to pottery. Her love is teaching and seeing the wonderful benefits to people working in clay.

Kaitlyn Brennan

Kaitlyn is the Executive Director of the Gloucester Pottery School. Kaitlyn completed a Bachelors of Fine Art in Ceramics at the Alberta College of Art + Design (now The Alberta University of Arts) in Calgary, Alberta, a special student program at the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland and a Post-Baccalaureate program at the University of Florida in Gainesville Florida.  She has completed residencies at Medalta International Artist in Residence in Medicine Hat Alberta, Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge Montana, and Pentacullum at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg Tennessee.  Kaitlyn established New Clay Conference a ceramics conference in Ottawa focused on strengthening the ceramics community in the region.  She is very involved in the Canadian ceramics community and is a member of the Canadian Clay Collective Make and Do.  Kaitlyn makes earthenware functional vessels and exhibits them internationally.

Heidi Frankish

Heidi Frankish completed her Hospitality and Tourism Diploma at Ryerson University and her Accounting Certificate at Algonquin College. She pursued a business career for 35 years in the restaurant industry. Throughout her career she was always drawn to the artistic world. She has sewn beautiful up-cycled fur bears and created artistic pieces from driftwood among other mediums. Heidi has been potting for over 3 years. After her retirement from the business world she joined the Gloucester Pottery School as a full time member continuing to take numerous advanced courses. In 2018 she completed a ceramic internship with the school director, Rosemary Swan. Heidi teaches Level 1 wheel students and is also a technician at GPS.

James Thorne

James Thorne received a bachelor’s degree with honors from Nipissing University in 2015. After university, he completed a residency in clay with the North Bay Potter’s Guild and attended classes at the Haliburton School of Arts. James has since been working as an artist, a pottery instructor, and a statuista. His work specializes in pit-firing from which most of his forms are thrown on the wheel and hand altered. James maintains his own practice in Arnprior, Ont.

Karen Kurtzrock

Karen studied ceramics at John Abbott College in Montreal graduating in 1979. She worked at a studio in Montreal returning to school in 1984 to study occupational therapy at University of Toronto. Throughout her career as an occupational therapist Karen attended numerous ceramic workshops and maintained a home studio. Now retired, she has returned to her first love – clay. Although she would describe herself as a functional potter she likes to practice in sculpture having attended several courses in this area. Karen will be teaching level 1 wheel students.

Linda Taylor

Linda Taylor took her first pottery class in 1995, which was the beginning of a life-long love of clay. Many classes later, she became a member of the Old Firehall Studio, and later the Glebe Studio. In 2001, she moved to Almonte, where she established a home studio which includes a handmade kick-wheel. She is currently a member of the Ottawa Guild of Potters, where she has completed many workshops. She mainly works in earthenware, creating functional pieces. Most recently she has been exploring decorating with terra sigillata. You can see her work at

Steffi Acevedo

Steffi Acevedo is an Ottawa based ceramic artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University with a concentration on Ceramics. During her studies, she explored the technical part of ceramics and learned how to make clay, mix glazes and understand different firing techniques.Over the years, she has explored sculptural work but ultimately focuses on making functional pieces. Steffi has over 15 years of experience working with clay and has been a technician and a pottery teacher at various studios. She sells her work online and at various shops, including local museums and galleries. Although she has experience with different techniques including slip-casting, handbuilding remains her favourite way to work. She likes to showcase seams and curves to capture the soft plasticity of clay at the making stage. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of handbuilding and Sgraffito with her students.

John Ikeda

John Ikeda (pronounced: ee kedd uh) was born in Lethbridge, Albert in 1948. His family is of Japanese Canadian origin. John completed his B.A. of Fine Arts at the University of Lethbridge in 1971. He is a master potter and has received numerous awards throughout his career. His work is in seventeen collections worldwide some of which are the Art Bank Canada Council, National Museum of History Taipei Taiwan, Glenbow – Alberta Foundation Calgary and the prestigious Concorso Internazionale Faenza Italy.John’s work has been exhibited in juried exhibitions from 1974 to the present time and he has also had many solo exhibitions in Toronto, Burlington, Troise Rivieres, P.Q., Ottawa, and Alberta.

Vanessa Villarreal

Vanessa Villarreal holds a bachelor’s degree from the Oregon College of Art & Craft in Portland, OR and was an Artist in Residence at the Mendocino Art Center in California. She creates playful tableware and small sculptures using the handbuilding technique. Her unique ceramics have a delicate and feminine quality that are inspired by the beauty and mysticism of the natural world. She has been teaching and working in studios in California, Oregon, Arizona and Montreal. She now works out of her home studio in Gatineau, Quebec. You can see her work at

Laraine Pederson

Laraine Pederson was first introduced to pottery in 1979 while living in Cold Lake Alberta.  She joined a pottery studio there and worked alongside potters of varying degrees of expertise who were happy to share their knowledge with her. She sold her work at local craft fairs. Upon arriving in Ottawa in 1981 she had to stop potting until 2011 when she had the good fortune of becoming a member of the Gloucester Pottery School. She took classes at the school beginning with Carolynne Pynn-Trudeau, Debbie McLeod, and Steve Sanger.  She also assisted Rosemary Swan with students at the Level 1.  She also attended workshops over the years given by Tony Clennell, Bruce Cochrane, and Paula Murray.  In 2018 Laraine completed a six month mentorship program with Leta Cormier with the focus of her work being on throwing teapots.

Victoria Harris

Victoria is an Ottawa-based artist and educator working in clay, plaster, and photography. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Ottawa with a specialization in sculpture. Victoria is very passionate about teaching and recently received her Bachelor of Education in Visual Arts. She currently supply teaches in and around Ottawa. Victoria's passion for art shines through in her enthusiastic and kind teaching. She encourages everyone to be creative and most importantly to have fun!

Trina Gorr

Trina Gorr started admiring and collecting pottery as vacation souvenirs 30 years ago. Always eager to try new challenges, she started taking pottery classes at Gloucester Pottery School in 2014. Trina has been a regular GPS studio member, workshop and class participant since that time. Now she is a functional potter who can be found ‘pottering’ in her cottage studio most weekends. After working as a Teacher’s Assistant under GPS Director Rosemary Swan, Trina is thrilled to share her love of pottery with class participants.

Marika Atfield

Marika Atfield started teaching with the Gloucester Pottery School in 2017, following a six year membership with the school. She is currently a member of both the Gloucester Pottery School and the Deep River Potters Guild, where she has completed a number of throwing and glazing courses. She has also taken courses with Gladstone Clayworks in Ottawa. Marika completed a pottery mentorship with master potter Leta Cormier in early 2018, and is currently being mentored by Ottawa Valley potter Eva Gallagher. Professionally, Marika is employed as an Urban Planner with the City of Ottawa.

Isaac Fouchard

Isaac is a functional potter and instructor working in Ottawa. His enthusiasm for ceramics started while attending the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. Through the education and inspiration of various ceramic artists from Nova Scotia, he has developed a passion for both the craft and its instruction. He enjoys teaching handbuilding and wheel throwing as well as surface decoration. He also enjoys teaching children and being able to share and encouraged their enthusiasm and creativity.