Anne Chambers is a studio potter in Brooke Valley, near Perth, Ontario. Her functional wares are a familiar staple in the Ottawa region and beyond. She has been actively involved in the craft community, volunteering for The Ottawa Guild of Potters, FUSION: the Ontario Clay and Glass Association, Empty Bowls Perth and 260 Fingers Annual Ceramic Exhibition. In 2008 she received the Ontario Craft Council’s lifetime achievement ‘John Mather Award’ and in 2011, the MERA Award for excellence in Fine Art and Fine Craft. Anne is also a generous teacher and mentor to many potters.
“I have always loved working with clay. Canada’s pioneering studio potters, Erica and Kjeld Deichann were my first introduction to clay during the early 1960’s. Decades later, I realize that contact with these patient makers was a pivotal time to be treasured.
I have been working with clay for 40+ years, primarily making functional forms from porcelain clay, high-fired in a reduction gas kiln.
What is important in my work is the feeling that a piece of pottery expresses through its form, color and energy. While working with contrasting elements, controlled vs. altered in many of the forms, I strive to create pieces which have a sense of vitality and elegance.
Working with porcelain, I find the intrinsic beauty of this dense white clay suits my functional forms. Whether the final result is the earthy tones of multiple sprayed glazes or the translucency of a classic celadon glaze, the gas firing process and reduction glazes enhance the surface qualities of the porcelain.
In the studio, I strive to balance my time between creating new work and teaching ceramics. I have always believed in the mentoring process and giving back to the community.” A. Chambers