About Mudpuppy Studios

Mudpuppy Studios is a production pottery studio producing functional ware which is mainly thrown on the potter’s wheel with alterations and additions done by hand building. The clay is high fire stoneware fired in a 15cu. ft. gas kiln introducing salt/soda at 2350F. The effects are spectacular but unpredictable. The wares are sold locally on Salt Spring Island through the Waterfront Gallery or Artcraft/ Wintercraft shows. Please leave a note on the contact page if you require any information on any particular piece.

Mudpuppy Studios is owned and operated by Francine Hampson-Reid and John R. Reid. For more information on Francine or John, please see our About The Artist page.

About Atmospheric Firing: 

Working with earth, fire and air.

We often hear the term fire suppression, but what we are doing at Mudpuppy Studios is attempting to understand, encourage and control the flame. The malleable clay comes from the earth, and with ancient sensibility and the touch of the potters hands; the clay is transformed into functional service within our daily lives. I feel a primordial connection to clay, deep within every part of my body and soul, creating a desire to get my hands dirty. This desire is deeply rooted in the creative process. It is as much a journey as it is a destination. It satisfies and certainly nurtures my spirit.

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Book a kiln opening:

Mudpuppy Studios is offering a unique experience for yourself and your group. A salt/soda firing is done approximately once a month and you can attend and assist with the kiln opening. The door is taken down and each piece is removed from the kiln. You will see firsthand the effects and results of an atmospheric salt firing, on the pottery. John and I will be there to answer all questions and explain the process as we unload. You will have an opportunity to select and purchase your favourite piece as it comes out of the kiln, still warm! I will take reservations for yourself or your group to attend. Only one group will assist at a time and we will do our best to fire that kiln to meet your schedule while on Salt Spring Island. There is no charge for this. Leave a message on our Contact Page for more information or to book a date at the Mudpuppy Studios!