Ottawapottery.com was first published as a community web site in 2004, about the time that Blogspot was begining, and before the many current web publishing sites like Weebly existed. OttawaPottery.com focused on posting images of work done by Ottawa area potters who didn`t have web sites. Since then most local potters have learned to build their own web blogs and web sites.
It was also in 2004 that I left the Gladstone Clayworks, which I and several others had established in 2003. I began building my own studio, Alpine Clayworks, in which I have been enjoying spending creative time since 2006.
For ten years I continued to publish OttawaPottery.com as a community web site and in 2011 also began distributing an electronic newsletter which contained stories of community artists and the list of current events posted on the site.
In late 2014, after a heart attack, I stopped all pottery and web site activity while I recovered. This event, as you might imagine, somewhat altered my perspective about my mortality, how I now choose to spend my time and energy, and increased my desire to celebrate my life.
A revised version of OttawaPottery.com, first published in January 2015, reflected my new perspective and the fact that most community potters now publish their own web sites and share current information over the Internet.
2016 and 2017 brought new illnesses. The 2017 illness, though serious, the crisis was quickly resolved but the experience still had a profound effect on me. This time it was the love and support that I received from my friends in the pottery and artistic community that has motivated me to develop a colour decal production system so that I could provide local artists with a service that will make ceramic and glass fusable decals made from their own artwork.
You can learn more about me and my community ceramic services at http://artpetch.com.