I have been making functional pottery for many years. It all started when I took a pottery class as an elective in college--- and many years later I am still making pots. Most of my inspiration comes from our back yard and sometimes from the front yard too. We live in Whitecourt, Alberta, a small town that is true to its name and is white much of the year. On our street we sometimes have moose and dragon flies, occasionally we have flowers in our back yard and bear in the park behind us. I have a studio in my basement where I make most of my pots on a potter's wheel. I mainly use stoneware, this makes for a very useful and functional pot. After they are thrown on the wheel and allowed to dry they are fired in an electric kiln, cooled, glazed and fired again.