Raised on Saltspring Island, British Columbia, Erin Morris grew up immersed in the Islands’ dynamic arts community, and has experimented with diverse artistic mediums including photography, jewelry making, drawing and painting.
In 2004, Erin attended a community pottery class, which inspired her to pursue further studies in clay. She apprenticed under Saltspring Island potter Julie MacKinnon for two consecutive summers and in 2009, completed a two-year Clay Design program at the Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, BC.
Erin imbues a minimalism and elegance into functional wheel thrown objects. Incorporating her love of photography into her ceramic process, Erin uses the clay surface as a canvas, adorning her pots with imagery that reflects her childhood spent scouring shorelines and building forts in the woods. The artist also has an affinity for large vessels influenced by the historical Khmer work and South East Asian temples.
Returning to Salt Spring to raise her daughter and delve into her first years as a studio potter, Erin’s work can be seen at the Salt Spring Saturday Market, the seasonal ArtCraft Gallery and at KiZmit Cafe/Galeria. Her work is in private collections around the globe.