Mother Earth introduces us to ceramic artist Louise Pentz who takes us through the four meanings of the word “vessel” and how it has related to her life working with clay. Louise’s interpretation of the human form as a vessel for the sprit, along with her investigation of gender and social issues, drove the creation of her most recent body of work.
For 30 years, Louise Pentz was a production potter producing functional wares from her studio in Pentz, Nova Scotia. “I loved it up until the last year,” says Louise, “And in the last year my heart went out of it.” But stepping away from her pottery wheel did not mean that Louise stepped away from working with clay. She continues, “At the same time there seemed to be so many stories in the media daily about the atrocities and injustices being put upon women around the world. And I thought, ‘Am I contributing to the problem by my silence?’ And I came to the conclusion that I was.”