Cannon's work reflects a life long love affair with the earth. Having spent her
early childhood torn between playing in the woods and devouring a new box of
crayons, she has now resolved this conflict by making clay creations in her
studio near Lake Huron. There she lives with her husband and sons on eight
wooded acres that supply endless inspiration.
"I am never more at home
than when I am walking through the woods. It is there that I return to the
deepest sense of myself, an awareness that I am part of a greater unity and
The earth is not only the object of her passion, but
the medium through which it is expressed. To create the finished product, Nancy
interacts with all the elements: earth, air, water and fire. After an initial
firing, she fires each piece again using the Raku method. "I am especially drawn
to the spontaneous and random effect of this method. It enables me to remain
close to the process and at the same time requires me to surrender to the
unexpected and unpredictable."
Having studied ceramics at the college
level, Nancy later spent many years training at the historic Pewabic Pottery in
Detroit. There she received extensive exposure to the world famous glazes and
firing techniques that have deeply influenced her work.
reflected in her handmade tiles are in great need of our protection as their
very existence is being threatened. Toward that end, a portion of all her
profits goes to support "earth friendly" organizations.