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Daniel Casey Pottery,
Victoria, British Columbia
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I have always been fascinated by clay. I have been collecting ceramics since my early adulthood and love the form and possibility of objects made with clay.
I moved to Vancouver Island in 2006. In 2009 I began formal instruction in clay with Muriel Sibley, Wintercreek Pottery, a local potter. I took to clay quite quickly and had my own studio within my first year of throwing. I have continued to explore clay with a variety of mediums, clay bodies, firing techniques and instructors.
My pieces fall generally in the functional range. I do a limited range of art pottery pieces in Raku, tile and specialty fired styles (soda or salt)
My influences are based in Antique Asian, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese, Ceramics and Porcelain. I am lucky to have experienced and collected the works of Judi Dyelle, Robin Hopper, Harlan House and Kayo O'Young. Their beautiful work inspire me as I strive to create my own voice in clay.
My full time career is Clinical Social Work. I work with adults and children who want a better life. Throwing clay helps me centre myself and express a different form of my creativity. Recently I have begun using clay with some of the children I work with. Clay is a perfect medium for kids to express and discover a different part of themselves. It also opens up a new therapeutic conversation. Clay is a great medium when working with people who have experienced trauma.