THE LILT IN HER VOICE INSTANTLY BETRAYS BRENDA’S ROOTS. “I’m a townie from St. Jawn’s,” she confirms with a chuckle, proud of her Newfoundland heritage, though she hasn’t been back in years. The award-winning potter spent her youth in Pointe-Claire on Montreal’s West Island, then lived in many parts of Toronto and finally moved to Port Hope in 2002. “We came to buy a loaf of bread and bought this house instead!”
Brenda’s Jellybean Row Pots (pictured here) were inspired by last year’s beguiling tourism ad for Newfoundland, featuring the colourful houses of St. John’s. “I was looking for something new to do and thought, I can turn anything into a house!” The 68-year-old artist – and singer – invokes Harry Potter when describing the whimsical series. “I tell people, when you’re having your tea just imagine opening the little door and you can be in a whole new world.” Some of the pieces are at the Art Gallery of Northumberland store in Port Hope, and you’ll find more in the artist’s studio at 81 3/4 Pine St. South and online at dragonclayproductions.com.