The Pottery

About My Pottery

I came to my work in clay through meditation.  My meditation teacher at the time suggested I make 100 vases, and even though he didn’t specifically say I make them out of clay, I searched out a pottery teacher — and then I was hooked from the first lesson!  The 100 vases turned into 100 mugs, and then the exercise went onto 100 bowls, 100 plates, 100 teapots, and so on.  I think I’ve probably made about 5000 teapots by now, and I’m still not tired of working in clay!

It wasn’t too long (maybe three years from the first lesson) before I threw caution to the wind and created my first studio/showroom in Port Hope.  I was there for about fifteen years (how time flies!) and the studio produced a lot of great students, friends, and POTS!  I had the opportunity to take a teapot to China to go into a permanent collection there about ten years ago, have had pots shown in the UK, and here in Canada at some fine galleries.  Now I’m putting my energy into creating a space here that will bring people to my space.  Eventually I’ll have a sculpture garden by the river (because the view is just too fantastic not to share!), the showroom, maybe a herb garden (I’m a master herbalist on the side), and room to show some of my art as well.  Who knows?

All of my work is ‘one of a kind’ in its true sense, and reflects all of the phases I’ve been through — in clay, on paper, and in life.

A history of my work and some of my favourite pieces can be seen in the Gallery on this site.

By the way, classes have started here in the studio … check out the classes page for details!

Looking forward to meeting you!

Susan McDonald








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The Showroom is OPEN by chance or by appointment — call me at 905-753-2731 (cell) and I’ll make sure the doors are open too!  We’ll be sanitizing and social distancing to keep everyone safe …


If you happen to be in Southampton — visit the Art Gallery.  A selection of my work is available there throughout the year!


Susan McDonald

Practically Potty Studio (

229 Concession 6


Ontario  N0H 2N0

Phone is:  905-753-2731 (cell)