MONCTON – An artist so captivated by the Bay of Fundy that he moved to New Brunswick will show off his work at Moncton’s Capital Theatre in July.
Tim Isaac says he fell in love with New Brunswick’s rugged coastline, so moved to the province from Ontario in 1992.
“I fell in love with the coastline and the cliffs and the isolated feel here it’s like a wild feeling,” he said in an interview with Global News.
His collection of pieces combine his love and mastery of Japanese Raku fired clay with the natural coastal elements of wood and rock.
“I love randomness and a bit of loss of control,” he said in an interview with Global News. “I love the fire working close to the heat. Like it’s not like putting things in an electric kiln and turn on the switch.”
He says Raku style pottery is unpredictable, which is what drew Isaac to the art form 30 years ago.
“There’s marks on the straw that goes on the pieces that is a surprise every time,” he said.
Isaac says he spends hours combing the shores of the Bay of Fundy, collecting rocks and driftwood to incorporate into his works.
He pounds out his clay works in his studio overlooking the Bay. He says he’s never 100 per cent sure what he’s about to create.
“There are a lot of fossils around here so I like to grab some fossils and kind of press them into the clay all around and create patterns.”
His art exhibit Connecting with the Coast will open on Wednesday, July 2 until Aug. 29.