With two degrees in biology from the University of Toronto in hand, I left for Alaska in 1959 to begin a love affair with that robust and inspiring land that has lasted all my life. For the first 13 years I was a research biologist and teacher at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. But then my road took a sharp turn in the direction of pottery while I was on a sabbatical at University of California Santa Cruz. There I came under the tutelage of Al Johnsen, a protégé of Marguerite Wildenhain who taught her exacting Bauhaus style of making and designing pots. Other gurus have found their place in my life, including Wildenhain herself and Dean Schwarz another Wildenhain student.
At first, like everyone else at the time, I made functional pottery while honing my skills and adding to my repertoire. In 1990 I moved to Saltspring Island (retiring?) where I have been working passionately ever since in my dream studio. I have participated in numerous shows, both group and solo, and my work has won its fair share of prizes both nationally and internationally.
where to see or read more
shows: Steffich Fine Art Gallery where Judy is represented locally
'The Secret Life of Potters' at Mahon Hall, Ganges, May 4, 2013, 10am-4pm. Reception May 3, 5-7pm
Fine Art Signature Show, ArtSpring, Ganges, SSI. August 2-15, 2013
or contact the studio to make an appointment, see below.
web: http://judyweeden.com the artist's website
http://vasefinder.com website for American studio ceramics
http://www.saltspringpottersguild.com/judy_weeden Potters Guild website
http://artbeatradioshow.com/judy-weeden-potter/ interview with Scott Simmons, CFSI radio
print: “Marguerite Wildenhain and the Bauhaus” a link to the exert online
contact the artist
address: 125 Primrose Lane, SSI, BC., V8K 1C1