Heather Dahl is a ceramic artist and painter with studios based in both Vancouver and Yarrow, BC. She started Dahlhaus Studio in 2007 as a way to bring her ceramic and painting practice under one roof. Known for her love of colour, design, pattern and painterly approach to ceramics, her work is influenced many various techniques in her art-making practice. Her work has been sold through both large retailers, smaller independent boutiques and galleries.
The transformation that happens from a lump of clay to a finished and fired form can be described as a metaphor in life. The deeper connection we have to clay is historic, visceral, foundational and sustaining. The vessel is often described as a metaphor for the body, the colour of clay as the colour of skin, the creation of objects to eat or drink from is life sustaining, and the intimacy that those objects have in everyday use, changes how we function in our day to day life. The slower pace required to make a vessel out of clay creates a thoughtful approach to consider sustainable and local economies that create a sense of community.
While much of my work considers crafting functional pots to be my main interest, I am interested in surface, colour, pattern and texture as part of a larger conversation on the architecture of a pot. I’m drawn to a mix of simple forms, complex surfaces and also deep saturation of glaze and colour. Methods of making inspire small and large shifts in my work, propelling me to continue creating new designs and collections.