Preferred Media: Pottery
Lee Anne Cohen
Working With Clay
I learned to throw pottery from my father Gordon Cohen, a professional potter who worked out of his studio in Salem, Ontario. One of my most vivid memories was watching Vincent Price get out of a limo and walk up to my father's studio. He was there to buy pottery for his world renown art collection.
I apprenticed for my father from 1977 to 1979. However, being a single mother with a 2 year old daughter, I decided to obtain my degree and enter the profession of teaching. Life moved on, but throughout my teaching career I continued to dabble in clay, which was incorporated into my classroom activities. During my 28 year teaching career, I always had a wheel and kiln at home.
In 2011 I retired from teaching and my husband built me a pottery studio. I always dreamed of continuing where I had left off and becoming a professional potter. We have joined forces to create Mad Pots (we live on the Mad river), a business that allows me to explore my creative side.
My favourite challenge is to work with a client to create custom orders, ranging from dinner sets to bathroom tiles. I believe that pottery should be used in our day-to-day lives, so I focus on functional high fired stoneware that is microwave and dishwasher safe.
I hope we can connect and make pieces of art that are incorporated into your daily life.