GALIANO ISLAND, B.C
In 1971, Sandra obtained a BS in Art Education from New York State University College. Upon graduation, she taught at the Adirondack Center for the Arts, as well as owned and operated a gallery in upstate New York. After immigrating to the Canadian Rockies in 1974 and establishing a homestead, Sandra taught and ran a clay studio specializing in salt/woodfired pottery. In 1989 she relocated to Galiano Island, British Columbia, where she has spent the last years making a home for her small family and establishing her studio and gallery set amongst the beautiful red cedars of BC. Over the years she has hosted and presented numerous workshops which have focused on various pottery techniques such as throwing, handbuilding and raku firing. An important aspect of her work in the ceramics field involves apprentices. Each summer she hosts a new student, to whom she can pass on her knowledge of clay, business, and gardening. Sandra’s visits to Japan began in 1998, where she studies, makes pots and meditates in a Zen Buddhist temple.
Sandra’s work is presented in various galleries throughout Northwestern Canada, the USA and Japan. As well, each summer on the August long weekend, she hosts a major show at Cedar Grove Gallery called Coastal Journeys: a two-dimensional wall show featuring Sandra’s ceramic wall pieces, along with the work of other local artists(see Exhibitions page). Historically, she’s had two solo shows at BC Potters Guild Gallery on Granville Island, a solo show at KOBO Gallery in Seattle, and another solo show at the Comox Valley Art Gallery in Courtney, BC. As well, she’s been the guest artist twice at Fired Up in Victoria, BC, and will be exhibiting again in 2013.