Sietze Praamsma

I got into making pots when working on a thesis on clay minerals and talking with graduate pottery students at the University of Wisconsin about technical (geochemistry, mineralogy, physics) clay problems. After moving to Canada I worked as a ceramics technician and teacher at the Sheridan School of Design and worked on establishing the Harbourfront Crafts program in Toronto.

I worked for three years as a CUSO volunteer on a village pottery project in Thamaga, Botswana then returned to Canada and established Clayton Clay Works. I worked on another pottery project in Afghanistan in 2007-08: establishing the Turquoise Mountain School of Pottery in Kabul.

Now I am potting again, both in Clayton and at the Almonte Potters Guild. Because of my technical background I particularly enjoy teaching glaze chemistry classes,in addition to general pottery.