Wearing a pair of railroad-style overalls, her hair pulled back in a red bandanna, potter Francine Hampson-Reid popped out of her studio to greet visitors. “You found us!” she said. To that point, my husband and I were having no trouble following a self-guided artists’ studio tour on Salt Spring Island, the largest of the Canadian Southern Gulf Islands in British Columbia, just northwest of the San Juan Islands.
An experienced potter who is forging new roots on Salt Spring will open her home studio and gallery to the public on Friday, Dec. 22.
Mudpuppy Studios is the latest venture for Francine Hampson-Reid. Though fairly new to the island — she and her husband John Reid moved to the Channel Ridge neighbourhood from Calgary in August 2014 — she is deeply connected to the history of her craft….
If you’d like to taste the very best of what Salt Spring has to offer, nothing compares to the mix of creativity, hand-made art and world-class craftsmanship that you can enjoy on the island’s famous Studio Tour.