About Clayfoot Crockery and Potter Ann Semple
Clayfoot Crockery's handmade pottery is thrown on the wheel, slab built, extruded or sculptured by Ann, in her studio in Metchosin, British Columbia, Canada. Glazes are also made and developed at the studio, and the colours frequently reflect the environment in which the pots were made, ranging from temperate rainforest blues and greens, to browns, yellows and black, fired to cone 6 in oxidation.
Ann was introduced to pottery in the mid 1970's, while working on her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario when she took a class at a local community college. Since no art classes had been available in her high school, Ann was a total art novice, and while definitely not the best student potter in the class, she was definitely the messiest. Her potting ability improved over the ensuing years, but her ability to make a spectacular mess in the studio never changed at all.
Creating pottery has now been a part of Ann's life for more than 30 years. She currently lives and works in Metchosin BC, where the beauty of her surroundings has influenced both her glaze palate and pottery form, and the quiet location has allowed her to experiment and develop as a potter, giving, as the Loreena McKennitt song says, "her clay feet wings to fly".