My focus at this point in my career is to travel as much as possible, incorporating some studio time in my travels. I’ve attended several residency programs in Europe and Mexico and have found that my work has grown tremendously through these experiences. The challenges of working in a strange environment with unfamiliar materials and firing processes is a great learning experience and has helped me to focus and feel comfortable with my work.
At present my work is focused on the teapot. The teapot has been an important part of many societies for many years, going as far back as the Ming Dynasty (1368 -1644). The teapot is rooted in history and has always been appreciated for its beauty, along with its function. The teapot seems to me to be the quintessential piece of pottery.
My work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the United States, France, Greece, Norway, China and Mexico. I maintain a studio in Red Deer, AB., as well as renting studio space in Tucson, AZ., during the winter months. I exhibit locally in both of these cities.
Shirley Rimer (pdf) an article by Mary Beth Laviolette