January Artist of the Month – Lynn Haslam
Hello Everyone! The time has come once again to feature our Artist of the Month and I am over the moon to introduce you to Lynn Haslam! Lynn has been a wonderful artist to work alongside with and also a wonderful friend! My First week in the studio Lynn took me under her wing and showed me one of London’s wonderful ceramic galleries, talked with me about our love of clay and has continually embraced me as a welcome member of the London Pottery Guild Family. Not only is Lynn a talented Artist – she is an extremely involved volunteer! From getting to know Lynn over the last few months I know our guild wouldn’t be the amazing place it is without all her passion and proactive attitude. Her work is truly fresh and inspiring and reflects Lynn’s personality perfectly. I present to you, Lynn Haslam.
Lynn A. Haslam Artist Bio
Lynn Haslam studied Visual Arts and Art History while at Western University but her education in clay started years before while studying at the Hamilton Japanese Cultural Centre with Harold “Tak” Takayesu. Later, at Canadore College, Keith Campbell inspired her to express her interests through clay rather than making strictly functional ware.
After years of gardening and studying horticulture and botany, Lynn’s current work reflects the diversity of flora in colour and form. The juxtaposition of the rough, bland exterior of seeds and bulbs with the silken texture and bright colours of the interior of flowers are captured in her vessels. Adventures near Algonquin Park, including long hikes and a frightening canoe trip in a thunderstorm, are the inspiration for a new series of large bowls.
History and Family
Lynn now lives in London but has lived in the near North and spent some years living near the sea – on an island in the Scottish Hebrides and in Halifax.
While homeschooling her sons, Callum and Isaac, time was too limited to allow much studio time. Now that the boys are launched into their university careers, Lynn has a studio at the gorgeous London Clay Art Centre and is inspired by other guild members.
Her husband (of 27 years!) David contributes to her creations by giving his unwavering support. He is also excellent at carrying canoes and being a calming influence when paddling through thunderstorms and listening to his paddling partner scream “We are going to die!”
If you would like to see more of Lynn’s work please check her page out on the London Potters Guild Website here: http://www.londonpottersguild.org/pottery/haslam.htm
You can also email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks everyone for checking in with us here at Good Morning Mabel! I hope that you are all having a great week! xoxoxo – Kaitlyn