Studio founder and CEO Gabrielle develops goals, direction and operations for the studio; designs product lines & leads the production team; and occasionally teaches Classes & Workshops.
Gabrielle first found clay in 2004 where she explored the medium in a self directed practice. She graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2011. Gabrielle founded Community Clay (formerly g ceramic & co.) as she was enamored by the way ceramic objects habitat in our daily lives. For her it is amazing how people rely on objects such as mugs and bowls and have an interpersonal relationship with them.
Gabrielle works with all types of clays at a range of temperatures. She loves creating custom lighting & lighting installations, as well as large vases and bowls. She works efficiently, minimizing effort for maximum results. Gabrielle believes that understanding the fundamentals of throwing is essential;
"when you truly understand what's going on between your finger tips you can sit down and make anything: all you need is a sponge, a wire cutter and a pin tool. If you're fighting the clay, let go. Cut if off the wheel and move on. You will learn more from making the next piece, instead of spending that time fighting with the clay. When you are conscious of how to move the clay efficiently, you will also intuitively know how to fix it."
As an instructor she specializes in identifying skills that are challenging students at all levels enabling them to push their practice and grow as an artist. Skills: beginner - intermediate, plates, bowls, handles, large forms.