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The human figure was originally at the heart of my focus in clay, but my source of inspiration shifted as I became more aware of the wildlife right outside my door. I wanted to draw attention to wild animals who had managed to adapt to life in close proximity to us. As much as it is my goal to create pleasing images that make people smile, I also feel strongly that I must somehow convey the importance of respecting and preserving nature and its inhabitants. My approach has been to depict subjects in almost human narratives, injecting the scenarios with humour and lightheartedness.

Annette ten Cate lives in Grey County, Ontario and  is a graduate of the Sheridan Ceramics program. She is grateful to have participated in ceramic residencies at Medalta Potteries in Alberta’s Historic Clay District.