Jeanette attended the University of Regina in the late 70's. She was tutored by Don Chester and Helen Rogers, who inspired and introduced her to the world of clay. From them she learned about form and that is still what feeds and creates the energy that keeps her evolving today. During that time she was again 'fired up' by a Rick Hirsch, Raku firing workshop, and has been working with that technique for over thirty years. Moving back to B.C. in the early 80's Jeanette joined the Prince George Potters Guild and enjoyed taking workshops while starting to hone her craft. The Okanagan Potters Association has been Jeanette's home for the last twenty years. Though that association's Clay Festivals, she met and has had the privilege to learn from many local and international potters. Now has become the local "Raku Guru" giving workshops throughout the Okanagan Valley. Today Jeanette is still reaching to explore form in clay and having fun with new techniques.
Form is what inspires my work. My enjoyment comes from reaching to perfect some aspect of a pot’s profile that particularly pleases me. At other times an old classic shape will challenge me to attempt its masters skill, and off I go again. Then again I also like to make organic, or nature inspired pots. On the wheel form is my master; with slab building comes my freedom from the discipline of controlled form. Hand building forces me to loosen up and just… allow. My journey with clay is always evolving, and keeps my passion for clay on going. As of late I have become fascinated with black and white Raku, and creating texture, but form and line still are my main focus.