Williams Lake, B.C.
Joan Beck began taking pottery courses
in Yellowknife, N.W.T. while teaching there
in 1964. She then attended the Ross-Hughye
School of Pottery in Vancouver, B.C. and
eventually made her way to Williams Lake.
Here she found a community with
a well established pottery guild deeply
involved in a wide range of work with clay.
The following years found her attending
many workshops, taking a summer course
at Emily Carr in Vancouver and doing
extensive work with the medium,
both hand-built and wheel-thrown.
Earlier work with earthenware, electric
and gas-fired stoneware and majolica
have evolved into her current stoneware
(cone 6 and 10) and raku work.
"I am often surprised when I realize how
many years I've been working with clay.
The great thing is that it still excites me as much
now as when I took my first class in 1964."
Summer studio in Wells (now closed) pictures.
The shop is now the Frog on the Bog and you
can find Beck's pottery there.
Island Mountain 2005 Show pictures
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