OUR STORY & PHILOSOPHY
My name is Nicole and I am the maker of all things clay behind Cavan Creations. I have been making & crafting with my mother all my life, it’s our thing!
Honest truth; I am and outgoing introvert, and am very sensitive to the energies of those around me. I have a hard time processing/expressing feelings, therefore I am sarcastic 99.7% of the time to cover for it. Did I mention I am a crier?
Seriously though, I even cry when I laugh too hard.
When I had my son in 2015 my body went haywire, without going into too many details, I have over active nerve pain, aka fibromyalgia (the brain fog is real). Which really is just dr speak for, they don't know why I have nerve pain, I just do.
In 2016 I took a pottery class at a local centre with a mom friend and clay quickly became my obsession. When I am making it allows me to escape the never ending over thinking, over processing in my head, it’s meditative.
Clay allows me to combine so many different techniques and styles I have learned from working with other mediums, drawing, painting, carving, shaping, working with my hands to create.
My family and I live in an old farm house in Cavan, ON. My studio space is located a big old tin sided building I dubbed ‘Tin Shed Studio’.
Over 1.5 years in my husband 'spare time' he completely renovated the ‘summer kitchen’ that was so dilapidated, the floors were rotten to the point you could see the outside. He turned it into a beautiful functional space for me to create within.
Every piece is handmade from rolled out flat slabs of clay, cut into desired dimensions and left to firm up so that they can be carefully assembled. Pottery has taught me patience, it cannot be rushed. If picked up improperly while soft the clay warps in the final firing, it has a muscle memory. If dried too fast, and unevenly attachments and seams can shrink at different rates and split apart. Glaze fire is about heat work, and how long the pieces are held at the different temperatures, if you rush it, colours don't develop properly.
Learn from mistakes, & don't rush.
My favourite part of the process is carving trees and patterns onto the forms, I am often told it is mesmerizing to watch. It makes me happy to be able to share these experiences with others.
I have always lived outside the city limits surrounded by nature, I draw inspiration from Mother Nature. I also love objects that appear worn/used as if they have history, or story to tell.
Embracing the philosophy of wabi sabi, which celebrates elements that are weathered, worn or rusted.
Appreciating the beauty in the naturally imperfect world.
“It was made by my hands, and evidence of this can be found in every piece made”
Ikigai is a Japanese term that roughly translates to “reason for being.” Ikigai (pronounced “eye-ka-guy”) is, above all else, a lifestyle that strives to balance the spiritual with the practical.
This balance is found at the intersection where your passions and talents converge with the things that the world needs and is willing to pay for.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read, even if it you only skimmed the page.
I love being able to create, and I couldn't do that without the support of my family, friends, and all of you supporting this journey.
I appreciate you.