Kathryn Jones – Focus on Local Artists – Issue #24

April 2014

Kathryn Jones

Kathryn Jones

The Winnipeg River Arts Council features artist Kathryn Jones, a potter who lives along the shores of Pinawa Bay.

After finding a pottery lesson in Winnipeg Leisure Guide in 2000, she has worked with clay ever since. She says, “I had a high stress finance job and I needed something to help me relax. After my first class, I knew that I would do this for the rest of my life.”

In 2003, still working full time and taking pottery lessons, Jones, along with her husband James, purchased 2.5 acres of untouched Canadian Shield where they spent the next few years building their dream log home. Because they were so busy, splitting their time between Winnipeg and “the lake,” pottery took a backseat for a while.

It wasn’t until 2006, when they moved to their cabin fulltime, that she could again focus on pottery. Although Jones says, “I couldn’t make a matching set of mugs if my life depended on it,” this is where her passion for her craft really flourished.

Kathryn Jones Pottery

Kathryn Jones Pottery

In 2011, she seized the opportunity to purchase another piece of property and a run-down business. The couple renovated the building into a gift shop and Jones filled it with unique pieces from Canadian artists and artisans, and gourmet food. The seasonal business she now owns and operates is called Cottage Country Co. With time and luck, she hopes to include a studio, where she can create and share with others the fun and beauty of clay.

Today, you can find her at 20 Hard Rock Road, off highway 11, outside of Lac du Bonnet. She says, “This address strikes me as kind of ironic, given my love of clay.”

The business is open from mid to late April until just before Christmas and she is always looking for work from talented local artists to showcase in her store. She invites everyone, tourists and locals, artists and lovers of good food, to stop by for a visit.