Candace Ferguson is a potter located in the mountains of beautiful British Columbia. With prairie roots, she holds a high value for natural, simplistic beauty, which she incorporates in her pieces with the use of stoneware clays and subtle glazes. Nothing too complicated or demanding of attention, simply some functional pots that add a gentle beauty to any given space. Candace celebrates the seasons of life through her pieces, often carving mountain ranges on the surface to remind the beholder of the journey of life, one that is filled with mountain tops and valleys. She also enjoys embracing the story of life’s curveballs through creating unique wabi sabi mugs that hold playful throwing lines, ultimately serving as a treat for the hand to hold. She’s honored to have any of her creations go from her hands to yours.
“I first became interested in working with clay after walking through an unexpected and life changing health journey with my husband. Initially, my desire was to learn a craft that could be used as a form of therapy for people who have gone through trauma, however it did not take long for me to realize how much of a gift learning pottery was for myself as it is such a hope-filled process.
Shortly after spending some time at the potter’s wheel, my eyes were opened to just how much human life is truly like a piece of clay. We all experience seasons of being worked, formed, broken, dry, reclaimed, tested through fire, and ultimately, we are being transformed from a lump of clay into something beautiful and functional. I marvel at this process as I work on each pot. As a potter, I am constantly filled with anticipation and joy as I create each piece with intentionality for its purpose. Though there is much forbearance involved in the process, I take delight in seeing each pot through to completion. Even when a piece of clay may seem broken, it is not beyond saving in my eyes.
I choose to work with stoneware clays and subtle glazes that don’t demand the center of attention in a given space, but rather add a gentle beauty and offer practical, everyday use. I enjoy carving mountain ranges onto much of my work as a reminder of the journey that life is – a gift of time filled with adventurous moments in the valleys and on mountaintops. In all of it, much like the process of turning a lump of clay into a unique pot, there is always hope.”
Photos by David Gluns