In her Riverfront
Studio by the Ottawa River, Erma produces handmade functional
pottery and both traditional and contemporary baskets. When combining
basket making and pottery the result is a unique creation for
Erma is a retired teacher and Speech Pathologist.
Although she has always had a keen interest in the arts, she began
working with clay seriously after retirement. Her skills were
developed with the help of the members of the local Potters Guild,
participating in workshops and attending courses at Canadore College.
She enjoys working with porcelain stoneware and high fired glazes.
Basket making followed while wintering in Florida
where she took courses in Shaker style baskets. Materials used
are rattan and reed, both natural and hand dyed, cane and oak
or hand made porcelain handles. Some baskets are given a protective
coating using oil or water based stains.