It all started with a desire to explore my creative side. Back in 1993 I decided to enrol in pottery lessons at a local community centre. After a few classes I was hooked on clay and so the love affair began. Soon after I began selling my work at an art market, it was thrilling selling something I had actually made! The following year I decided to leave my South African home, and start a new live in Canada with my husband Gavin. A year after immigrating Gavin and I set up shop in downtown Toronto's west-end. Gavin, a master wood worker, brings a wealth of technical and design skills to Dotti Potts. In the fall of 2020 Gavin decided to change careers and now helps part time in the business.
I have primarily drawn on my African roots for inspiration to make ceramic items that reflect my own sense of style. I am constantly inspired by home decor, fashion and nature, Dotti Potts’ aesthetic is fashion forward, but with a timeless quality. Our main focus is to produce beautiful and useful ceramic items that are seen and enjoyed daily.
We exhibit at juried arts & craft shows throughout Canada, including the One of a Kind Show in Toronto, among many others.
I believe that an artist’s work should constantly evolve, I feel grateful that my strong creative spark has provided a lifetime of inspiration for future work. Clay has endless possibilities and after nearly 3 decades of working with clay I feel like I’m just beginning.