make & do

canadian ceramics

April Gates is the top cat at Blackbird Pottery. Her clay journey began with a giant leap of faith! After years of wanderlust, various studies and masterfully avoiding her calling, she was summoned North to answer for this. There, she dove deep into the unfamiliar waters of ceramics at the Haliburton School of the Arts. Seduced at first touch ~ both medium and place felt just right. With a background in image making and a concern for function, Blackbird Pottery was born! April is influenced by rural life, weathered surfaces, nostalgia, and prose.​