Judy O'Leary, Ceramic Artist

Water Valley Studios is nestled in the beautiful wooded foothills of Alberta. Not surprisingly, my work is inspired by nature – the patterns of tall aspens against a prairie sky, the curves of the moraines running through the glaciers to the west.

When I cross the yard to my studio and kiln, I am always aware of the fragility of our environment. Human impact on the environment preoccupies my thoughts and has become central to my work. The shrinking glaciers, the loss of natural habitat and the genetic modification of species are among some of the issues that I have explored in my work. These deeply disturbing themes become transformed into some of the beautiful shapes and textures that are only possible through the alchemy of clay and fire.