Location: Silverton, BC
Member Since: 1999
Christiane Fortier was born 1948 in Montreal, Quebec, completed a BA at Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y. and shortly thereafter moved to Vancouver B.C. While employed by the Ministry of Human Resources as a Child Care Counsellor/ Teacher, she studied for two years with Vancouver potter Gabrielle Alfred whose teacher was Bauhaus-trained Marguerite Wildenhain.
My pots are thrown on a wheel using a porcelaneous stoneware. Some pieces are attached and joined in sections. Stainless steel handles are fabricated, hand filed, sanded and bent to shape each unique teapot. Pot surfaces are enhanced with clay slips, glazes, stains and multi-fired in a high fire electric kiln. I’m inspired by the rhythms, the textures and patterns found in the natural world. My travels to the Utah National Parks, Bryce Canyon, the Petrified Forest deeply informs my work.