Naomi Pearl - biography


Naomi completed the graphic design program at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1982 with a B.Com in Visual Communications, and worked for various design studios in Montreal. At the same time, she joined a community pottery pursuing an interest in functional dinnerware.

Eventually, she set up her own studio at home producing earthenware serving trays made from slabs. She experimented with techniques and ideas, and gained valuable knowledge from ceramist Gilbert Poissant. Through the mediums of clay and metals which she combined in various creative ways, Naomi explored issues of environmental concern, as well as memories of her mother and childhood.

From 1990-2000 she exhibited her sculptures in Montreal, Trois Rivières, Sutton and Toronto. In 1998 she won the Prix de la Ville de Trois Rivières at the 8th National Biennial of Ceramics.

After moving to the Eastern Townships in 2000, Naomi returned to pottery focusing on an Asian tableware production in porcelain, incorporating wood ash in her glazes. The wood, collected from the forest and apple orchards in Dunham, is used to heat her studio in the winter. Since 2010, she has been creating sculptural works with paperclay, taking and giving workshops, while exploring the possibilities of this exciting material.