Rosemary Swan

Rosemary is the Director of the Gloucester Pottery School which she founded in 1991. 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.

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.

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.

Katherine King

Katherine King started working with clay at the Nepean Art Centre when she was a teen. Her interest in ceramics grew and she was accepted into the Design in Ceramics program at the prestigious Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. During her 3 year program she learned about: making clay, throwing, hand building techniques. She also acquired technical knowledge of glazes and the function of different types kilns. Katherine graduated with an Advance Diploma from Sheridan College in 2012. At Sheridan she received Bill Rowland Salt Glazing Award. Her work was showcased at the “Here & There” Sheridan graduation exhibition on campus as well as at the Sheridan College Graduate Show exhibited at the Gardiner Museum of Toronto, Ontario. Katherine also worked as a production potter honing her throwing skills at Gleason Brook Pottery in Wiarton, Ontario and working in a production company on Prince Edward Island. She is currently an instructor/technician at the Gloucester Pottery School. Katherine is enthusiastic about teaching  and sharing her knowledge of pottery.

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!

Kaitlyn Brennan

Kaitlyn Brennan completed her BFA at the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) in Calgary Alberta Canada. While at ACAD she had the great opportunity to spend a semester on exchange at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. During her time in Scotland she travelled and learned about ceramic culture and history. After graduating from ACAD she continued to pursue a post-bacc program at University of Florida in Gainesville. Later Kaitlyn did a short term residency at Red Lodge in the mountains Montana where she focused on making high temperature stoneware soda pots. She has now settled in Ottawa where she has a studio at home and she focusing on making earthenware pots again.

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.

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.

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.