Kathleen Tennock was in born in South Africa where she studied Fine Art at the Johannesburg Art Foundation. She feels fortunate to have had a childhood in Africa, surrounded by the rhythm of the African people. Strongly influenced by the west coast of BC, where she calls Whistler home, the forms and textures of Africa remain very present in her work. Tennock works primarily with clay, using a primitive method of firing called Naked Raku. The raw texture of the clay and spontaneous markings created by the smoke firing during the Naked Raku process gives Tennock’s work a natural and almost stone-like quality. Without using glaze she can maintain the tactile quality of the clay, something that she says is very important to her.