July 2015: Eve Yantha 

July's Featured Artist is Eve Yantha, a Brantford artist and high school teacher.

Yantha has never been able to sit still. She is in her element when experimenting with her hand, whether it is painting, throwing pottery, knitting, cooking or baking; since she was a child, as long as her hands were busy, she was happy.

Blue ceramic bowls with purple yarn in them.

Yantha was born in England and grew up in Grimsby. She moved to Simcoe in 2007 and recently moved to Brantford to teach and practice her art. She studied figure painting at university, and now prefers to make functional art - art that people can use, specifically to wear or eat from.

To mark her 30th birthday, Yantha set a goal for herself: learn to throw on a potter's wheel. Less than a decade later, Yantha now creates functional stoneware pottery, using tools that she has made herself from old utensils, and imprinting clay with items found in nature or textures from fabric. Each year, she introduces a new line of pottery with unique colours, glazes, textures and influences (most recently fashion design). In the colder months, she incorporates her handmade ceramic buttons into knitting projects.

A teacher at heart, Yantha believes that artistic talent is developed through practice (much like a sport) rather than a skill that someone is born with. "For artists, it is up to that individual to decide where they want to devote their time. Perfecting a craft is always a valuable use of free time, and it not only helps to develop skills, but provides an outlet for expression."

Ceramic fish button with turquoise knitting project on needles
Yantha has exhibited her work at the Norfolk Arts Centre (Simcoe), the Station Arts Centre (Tillsonburg), Lighthouse Festival Theatre (Port Dover) and Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant (Brantford). She attends numerous festivals across southwestern Ontario to demonstrate pottery throwing and to sell her work.

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