Sharon Fiske-Muise has been operating her business on the Bedford Highway for 20
years and she finds inspiration from the view looking out over the Bedford Basin.
With windows and doors flung open and the glistening ocean filling the vista, Fiske-Muise
said she couldn’t find a better spot to work.
“I’ve created a new look for my line of pottery with a real Maritime flavour in the
designs”, she said.
“It’s a seascape coastal look. I did this because I wanted to get back to my roots
and develop what is around me as an artist, because we are being taken over by the
world and its global economy. I thought that when people traveled they should really
go to a place and be able to pick up something that is locally made; hand-crafted
from people who actually live there.”
Fiske-Muise has been in business as a potter and decorator for 25 years and has been
operating Clayworks Pottery for 20 of those.
“We haven’t scaped the sailboats and bridges in the Basin around a pot yet, although
it’s a gorgeous view.”
The new Coastal line features lighthouses with a background of daylight or sunset
colours and is one of about 13 different patterns in store.
The shop is a myriad of pottery pieces including brie bakers, butter warmers, shrimp
cocktail platters, lobster platters and unique items Fiske-Muise’s father suggested
she make, such as shrimp shell holders and lobster shell bowls.
“We have anything you need for entertaining or we will make it,” she said.
For the lobster bowls, she and her staff of potters painstakingly mold lobster claws
and press them into the clay dishes. The results are amazingly lifelike and it is
this attention to detail that has made Clayworks Pottery a success.
If you pop into the store you might catch a glimpse of Fiske-Muise throwing some
clay on her wheel. All the pieces are made, painted and glazed on the premises and
are shipped throughout the world.
Fiske-Muise has spent many years honing her craft and has trained in countries like
England and Japan as well an in Prince Edward Island.
“I spent one year in England as an apprentice and worked a bit,” said Fiske-Muise.
“That taught me exactly what it was like to work in the field of clay and if I could
do it. It’s one thing going to school and learning your craft and it’s another thing
making it your business and your life. I found out I could.”