Ginette Arsenault - Potter
"This picture was taken in 1984 when I was a happy potter in Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada."
Life then decided that we would go on a journey of discovery and for 28 years, I did everything but make pottery. But in the back of my mind always remained the thought of the pure joy of working with clay. Then in 2012 I decided to leave every other endeavor behind and become what my soul was calling for. So, starting from scratch, I opened my pottery studio on Arnold Lane in Shediac, New Brunswick, Canada.
I had no idea if I still remembered how to center a pot! I had no clue about what I wanted to make! What colors I liked, what glazes, why I needed to do this so strongly. So, I made pots, all kinds of pots, going in every direction, trying techniques to see what would speak to me now. Clay challenges me to pay attention to everything, from the thought, the making, the drying, the bisque, the glazing, to the final firing. Whether I'm making a cup, a bowl, or a flower vase, they will always be a bit different because each ball of clay has its own story to tell and I have my own thoughts about what I want to create.
My inspiration is the sea, I seek guidance from it and its ever-changing moods and movements, energy, patience and quiet contemplation. I strive for simplicity. My goal is to bring a bit of joy into your home, by means of simple decorative and utilitarian pieces enhanced by color. I call it .... cottage chic!