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Ann Peggy Freake

I was born in a small community called Abraham’s Cove, Newfoundland to an American military father and a mother of French Micmac decent. My paternal grandfather was a sculptor and my mother was a creative soul. I’m still a work in progress. I have been creating as long as I can remember; but it wasn’t until late 1998 that I fell in love with making pottery after taking a Sunbury Shores raku pottery course with Thomas Smith. I have also taken courses at Sunbury Shores from Peter Thomas and from Darren Emenau.

I was a Guidance Counsellor and High School Visual Arts Teacher. I taught Fine Arts K-12 at John Caldwell School in Grand Falls, NB for about 7 years until I transferred to Southern Victoria High School Perth- Andover, NB to become their Guidance Counsellor in September 2009.

Art for me is therapeutic and a passion. At one point in my career, I returned to teaching Visual Arts and I must say it was the highlight of my teaching career. Because I have my own home pottery studio at home, I was able to offer a clay unit to my high school students. They created pinch pots at school and I fired their work in my kilin at home.

I participated in the 2015 and the 2016 St. Croix Arts Showcase in St. Stephen, NB. I’ve shown my work at Service New Brunswick.

Recently I returned to my roots and discovered new inspiration. The smell of the ocean and the breathtaking cliffs off Newfoundland has awakened a new creative spirit. Working in raku lines up with fire and water breathing new life within me.

As you hold a piece of my work, I pray you with feel the energy and love that has went into my creative endeavour.

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