Judy Blake was born in Toronto, Ontario and moved to New Brunswick in 1966, where she now has her ceramics studio. She has been working with clay since the mid 1970's when she attended the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. From 1998 to 2012 she taught Ceramics at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.
Judy experiments extensively with unglazed surface treatments using alternative firing techniques such as sawdust-firing, naked raku and saggar-firing. She is one of a small number of Canadians and the only ceramic artist in the Maritimes using these techniques.
“Years ago as a young artist, I saw my first burnished pottery of the Southwest Native Americans and Northern Mexico. I was completely captivated by the sensual beauty and surface qualities of the unglazed pieces and the unpredictable firing processes used to create these timeless vessels. Since that time, I have endeavoured to emulate these fascinating surfaces.”
- Judy Blake