Monique was born in Dalhousie, New Brunswick, in 1954. She now resides in Charlo, a neighbouring rural community. Her studio is in her basement.
She is largely a self-taught potter having been first introduced to clay during a one year stay in Australia in 1992, when members of the Glendens Potters Club introduced her to the basics of ceramic. Her knowledge of pottery grew when she joined other potter groups upon returning to Australia in 1998 and 2009. Other formative events were her participation in workshops with Peter Thomas from Fredericton, NB and Steven Branfman from Needham, MA
Monique’s preferred form of ceramic is Raku firing. She is currently experimenting by incorporating the image of trees to her pieces. All are fired in a raku kiln she had built. She also makes sturdy and useful pieces which she fires in her electric kiln.
Living in an isolated area requires Monique to study independently using all forms of communication. She keeps current with her art through the internet and books.
She has taught pottery classes at local schools in recent years and has so far hosted three Raku workshops in her studio.
She keeps active in the local craft community by being an executive member of the Restigouche Arts and Craft council. She is also a board member of the New Brunswick Craft Council.
Her art is exhibited locally at various events, and is currently on sale at the East Wind Boutique in Dalhousie, NB and at the Restigouche Gallery in Campbellton, NB.
In February 2015, Monique will take part in the gallery@act exhibit during the Atlantic Craft Trade Show.
Monique is married and has two sons in their early twenties. She and her family live on a small hobby farm with chickens, a bountiful vegetable garden and a sugar shack. She keeps fit by jogging three to four times a week on the nearby trails.
She is a registered nurse employed as a part-time nurse supervisor at the Dalhousie Nursing Home.
I make my art because it grounds me. It’s something I need to do. It gives purpose to my being alive and contributing to the world around me.
My inspiration comes from nature which surrounds us all. During times of contemplation, the ideas and projects will take form in my mind. I’ve come to understand that they have always been inside my head and have the need to take shape in a tangible space.
Clay fired in the Raku style is my preferred way to express these things. Ceramic objects are indestructible by time and erosion, they can last forever. Maybe I like to think this makes me eternal in some way. Raku objects are subjected to extremes of fire and smoke. In their final finished state they reflect these elements which I find gives them visceral organic qualities. To me, this makes them survivors. Through time and experimentation, I’ve incorporated different ceramic techniques which give my pieces their unique personality.
I also make sturdy and useful pottery pieces for everyday use. They are fired in an electric kiln. I enjoy making them as well. They are meant to be part of our everyday lives, a quiet presence in our unassuming comfortable happy daily activities.
My studio is in my home’s basement in rural northern New Brunswick surrounded by the forest on the edge of Baie des Chaleurs. My husband and family are a constant supporting presence and of great help during times of need when firing.