Bernard Ferguson was perplexed.
The email in his inbox described life at a working produce farm and a meditation and yoga centre in southern California.
The message, it turned out, wasn’t actually meant for him — but the accidental email intrigued him.
A few inquiries and a few weeks later, Ferguson was making his own pilgrimage to the farm in Antelope Valley, north of Los Angeles.
That was 2005, but the farming and meditation sojourn still resonates today in the Winnipeg artist’s work as a potter.
“I think it quieted my mind and gave me a better chance to be an observer and to pay more attention to my work — just have a different perspective,” said Ferguson, 48.
Ferguson, with his Wind Horse Pottery brand, is the latest artist to be featured in the Manitoba Creates series, profiling artists in the province.
From his studio in Winnipeg’s West End, Ferguson makes what he describes as utilitarian pieces, including bowls and plates, cups and mugs, and teapots. He also makes planters and is currently collaborating with a local shaving products company to produce shaving bowls, mugs and scuttles (containers for shaving lather).
Ferguson uses muted colours and earth tones for many of his pieces, which are also sold at the Pink Moon Handmade Boutique in Winnipeg’s Exchange District.
“Mindfulness, meditation — I think it allows you to create work that is a little more quiet, a little more minimalist,” Ferguson said.
His studio, located at Artlington Studios on Arlington Street, will be open May 25 and 26 for Doors Open Winnipeg.
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