The Potter’s Daughter SUZANNE SCOTT

Posted: October 11, 2011

Suzanne Scott was born and raised in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. She earned her degree in Business Tourism while studying in Austria and worked in the tourism industry in the Cayman Islands, France and Greece – so through business and pleasure she has indeed seen the world. 

How lovely then that she has shifted gears and come back home to work at what comes so naturally… being The Potter’s Daughter

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We wanted to learn a little bit more about this popular artisan and her craft – so what follows is our Q & A, as they say with Suzanne Scott.

The Potter's Daughter 2SABS: I always like to start with the name but it this case I completely get it - What kind of pull did your mother's work have on you?

Suzanne Scott: I've been playing in clay for as long as I can remember. My parents are both very creative people, my mom being a potter and my dad a leather craftsman, so I grew up with a leather & pottery studio in the basement. They have always been very encouraging and great sources of inspiration along the years and continue to teach me something new every day.

SABS: Your creations are all so unique - what's the inspiration for your designs?

The Potter's Daughter 3Suzanne Scott: A lot of my inspiration comes from living on this beautiful island. I love earthy colours and using parts of the landscape to help decorate my pieces such as imprinting seashells or leaves in the clay. There are a lot of shapes and colours that appeal to me depending on my mood. Inspiration can come when you least expect it. Each piece is definitely unique!

SABS: How quickly can you move from concept to finished piece?

Suzanne Scott: From the moment my hands touch the clay, to the time I unload it from the kiln can take anywhere from one week to a month. It all depends on how quick the clay is drying, how soon we can fill up the kilns & how productive we're feeling 🙂

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The process for making a piece of pottery goes something like this:

1- Create the piece of pottery from wet clay, either on the wheel or by hand.
2- Once it's dry enough (1-2 days) then you trim it & sign your name on the bottom
3- Fire it in the bisque kiln which takes 8 hours at 1800 degrees Fahrenheit
4- Unload it, wax the bottom and glaze it (either by dipping in buckets of glaze or painting by hand)
5- Load it back into  the kiln, fire it for 11 hours at 2100 degrees Fahrenheit
6- Let it cool for 24 hours (waiting is the hardest part!)
7- Unload the pottery & admire your finished product!

SABS:  My brush with working in clay was brief, lopsided and generally sad...there is a real art to it - be it big bowls or delicate pieces like you create - how much is learned and how much is innate talent...in other words is there hope for me?

The Potter's Daughter 5Suzanne Scott: Making pottery takes a lot of patience and practice. It's something I still struggle with but have learned that you just have to stick with it. My mom's been making pottery for almost 40 years now and she still learns new ways to do things all the time. I'd suggest taking an 8-10 week course to start. Many of the techniques can be learned but having the creative eye does help!

SABS: What's the best part of working with your mom?

The Potter's Daughter 6Suzanne Scott: There are a lot of great things about working with my mom. We complement each other’s personalities and have a lot of fun together. We're usually on the same page, which helps when there are a lot of things to get done. Plus she keeps the shop well stocked with chocolate 😉

SABS: Do you ever do custom pieces?

Suzanne Scott: Yes, I do custom orders from time to time (mostly when I have the free time!) Last year I was asked to create a unique style peace sign necklace, which ended up becoming one of the hottest selling items in the shop this summer. I love the challenge of creating something new from someone else’s imagination. 

SABS: What does living on Prince Edward Island bring to your business?

The Potter's Daughter 8Suzanne Scott: My business wouldn't exist without PEI. This is where my inspiration, support and loyal customers come from.

We're lucky to have such an established tourism industry that draws more and more people to the island every year.

There is also a big push to "buy local" and that helps to support all of the independent small businesses in Canada's smallest, yet most beautiful province.

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While you’re here check out Suzanne Scott’s Cool People Profile

The Potter's Daughter For everything else might we suggest the following…

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Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/islandpottery

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