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Carolynne had an early interest in clay. As she recalls, “I played with a lot of clay in a lot of ditches during my formative years”.

She went on to earn a BA in Fine Art at McMaster University and then apprenticed with potter Helen Brink in Greensville, Ontario. Since the mid 1970s, she has been a studio potter and teacher in Ottawa, Ontario. She’s also been involved in community studios, Ontario craft organizations and selected for public art commissions.

In her functional work, she enjoys using antique and rare old ceramic materials that come to her along many serendipitous paths.  She values holding a place in the long line of potters past, present and future.

Carolynne is currently working in several functional styles including “yellow ware pots which are meant to look old and slightly abused, evoking a curious familiarity”, and “wares glazed in simple dark glazes enhanced with bronze-gold ‘frames’ which highlight unusual glaze interactions; these pots are quiet and contemplative.”

Carolynne Pynn-Trudeau portrait 2