My story

Behind Throw and grow ceramics

Bonjour! Hi! First of all welcome to Throw and Grow Ceramics and thank you! My name is Pascale and I am a 27 year old artist living in Northern California. I am originally from Montreal, Quebec, in Canada, which makes me French Canadian. I chose the name Throw and Grow Ceramics for my business because I do pottery and grow/propagate succulents and cacti and have an ever growing love for plants in general. I love to share about my house plants and succulents on my Instagram page and help people with theirs when I can. I am no pro, but I’ve learned from a lot of trial and error throughout the past few years. On the other hand, Growth is something I am always striving for. As an artist, as a partner, as a friend, as a child, as a human being. Pottery has helped me grow and will continue to teach me for as long as it is part of my life. I make with my heart and soul. I draw inspiration from my daily struggles and moments of joy. I wish for my work to make people feel at peace, but also to make them think and reflect. I will keep throwing and growing for as long as I can. My story as a potter isn’t as long as you might assume, but I am choosing to not let that stop me. I would eventually love to share with you about my journey across the continent, but I will begin with the story of how pottery changed my life.

So here we are in the winter of 2016, in Arizona, on a road trip, visiting family. At that time I am meeting my partner’s aunt Ann for the first time. She fast became an inspiration to me. Her house is everything you can imagine a successful artist lives in. She has different projects at different stages in different rooms (the dream) but most of all, she is kind and very loving. Being in a long distance relationship with my partner and a tattoo artist back home, it was hard for me to keep doing my thing when I was visiting the United States. I had come across pottery videos on the Internet a few months before and had been growing an interest for it. After staying with her for a few days, Ann told me she had a wheel she would like to gift me. It had been hers for many years, but she had never got the time to get a hang of wheel throwing. We then brought it back to California, where it sat for a bit, while I went back home to keep drawing on people’s skin. On the 10th of January 2017, I came to California to visit my partner and my stay in the country got limited. We then decided it would be the best thing for us to officiate our union before it’d be impossible for me to travel to him. All of it was an intense mix of amazing emotions. A lot of changes in a very short period of time. I got a lot of emotional support from my family back home, a perfect beach wedding and an amazingly caring husband to help me through the process. Living remotely in the woods and being unable to legally work for a long time made it impossible for me to keep growing as a tattoo artist. I adore learning new skills and need to be fulfilled to feel happy.

The first few months in my new world were hard, but then, I remembered the pottery wheel stored around my house and decided to look for classes. For the first time in the summer of 2017, I was making the trip North to an amazing studio in Arcata, two times a week. My beginnings as a potter were very encouraging as my teacher told me I was a quick learner. My head started bursting with ideas and my heart and soul were more and more filled with joy. There is always more to learn with this medium, but I became comfortable and satisfied enough with my work that I could not pass by trying to share this experience with the outside world. Creating is way of expression, but also a way of managing my head and my anxiety.

I am beyond thrilled to jump into this adventure. This is my first personal website. I am looking forward to improving my potter and seller skills and to keep growing as an artist and a human being. My work inspired by the rawness, diversity and purity of Mother Earth, but also by the depth of the human mind and the mystery of our Univers. Thank you so much for reading this and showing interest in my work. I will do everything I can to not disappoint. Feel free to contact me for any questions or comments.

P.S: I always do my best to have the lowest environmental impact through this process. I use biodegradable packing peanuts and as much green packaging as possible. I love to reuse packing material from items I ordered to give them a second life, I encourage you to do the same with yours. I am working towards 100% sustainable packaging.

With love,
Pascale