After years attending university at Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver, tree-planting and travelling, Ramona returned to her home town to set up her own clay studio in rural Merville. She got hooked on clay during an introductory clay class in 2002 and has been making ceramics ever since. The tactile nature and allure of clay had kept her inspired and constantly exploring innovative ideas, fresh forms, glazes and techniques.
“There is a joy in transforming mud, that I love sharing with people. Everyone can turn clay into something and it’s really quite magical what can come out of experimentation. Even after a decade of working in clay, it is still teaching me.”
Ramona works primarily creating functional wheel-thrown pieces, incorporating images, colours and textures from nature and science into functional pieces. The combination of aesthetic form, function and utility are all very important in her work.
Ramona also creates art of various mediums and styles out of her own studio, Elementerra Art Studio, nestled in the woods in Merville, just north of Courtenay.