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Hilborn Pottery Design, owned and operated by Rick and Nancy Hilborn, has been producing Canadian handmade pottery since 1975. Nancy’s creative and unique design style has enabled the studio to provide a distinctive brand of functional pottery that is well-known and respected across North America, as well as affording her numerous awards and commissions. Rick, referred to as the “Assistant Potter” by their three children tackles the sales and business aspects of Hilborn Pottery, while their daughter, Lisa, runs the production side of the studio. With the great help of a few exceptional employees, Hilborn Pottery continues to offer exceptional quality and design in its funky ceramic pots, that are food and drink safe as well as oven, microwave and dishwasher proof.
Nancy has been twisting, bending, squeezing, and slapping clay for over 30 years. She was born and raised in Toronto and educated at the University of Waterloo (B.A.) and the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. Nancy has been involved in many gallery exhibitions, the One of a Kind Craft Show and won several awards for work in clay including the Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Cambridge Centre for the Arts and “Abstract Teaset”, and was accepted into Fusion’s (Ontario Clay and Glass Association) Traveling Exhibition. In 2014, Nancy also won the Award of Merit at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas for her ebony sculpted piece. She loves the wheel and hand building, finishing the pieces with deep rich tones or soft matte glazes developed from metallic oxides.
Nancy and Rick Hilborn and Hilborn Pottery were inducted into the One of a Kind Hall of Fame in November 2014. This prestigious award acknowledges individual contributions to the arts and crafts community as a whole as well as recognizing the artistic qualities of the artiest. The One of a Kind Show is the penultimate promoter of fine arts and crafts in Canada. Hilborn Pottery has exhibited at the show for more than 30 years and continues to do so.
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