The UN published its 2018 IPCC special climate report when Jasmine’s daughter was in kindergarten. Feeling called to find ways to work with youth to create meaningful connection with the outdoors, and undertaking considerable research, Jasmine designed and implemented school gardens which teach through beauty and creativity, as they foster learning about growing food and native plant restoration projects. This journey led her to train in permaculture and concurrently revive a childhood love: clay.

Today Jasmine is a ceramic and multimedia artist specializing in creative works that promote meaningful connection; her pottery focuses on vessels for steeping, drinking, and storing tea, an activity often done in connection with community but alone can be a meditative practice to foster connection with oneself. Her artistic vision uses form and structure to embrace the unexpected and variable outcomes of atmospheric alternative methods of firing.

While the community garden work is public and social and work in the pottery studio is quieter and more introspective, both support meaningful connection with ourselves, each other and the natural world.

Jasmine is one of the founding members of a new potter’s group in the Cowichan Valley, “The Art of Fire”, which will feature its first collaborative show at the Cowichan Valley Arts Council Gallery, November 18 - Dec 6, 2024.

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