In 1967 Judi
with honours and became an Associate of the Ontario College of Art.
She was awarded the Lieutenant
Governor’s Medal of Excellence. A Canada
Council Grant allowed her to spend a year and a half
travelling in Japan and studying with Tatsuzo
Shimaoka. Upon her
return to Canada, she began teaching pottery in Toronto and has
continued in Vancouver, Montreal and Victoria. She has exhibited
and given numerous workshops in Canada and the United States. She
was invited to participate in an International
Ceramic Festival and
exhibition in Mokpo,
Her work is in many private and public collections throughout North
America, China, Korea, Japan, Australia, Denmark, Iceland, Germany
Most of the work she produces is wheel thrown, using a translucent porcelain clay. It is fired, in a reducing atmosphere, to cone 9 - 10 (1280° - 1305° centigrade) in a propane gas kiln. Many of the pieces are pierced, cut or textured before glazing. Her extensive study and love of Oriental ceramics can be seen in the variety of forms and glazes that she has developed. She also enjoys using low temperature local clays as slip glazes and as the base for several of her metallic glazes.
She feels that the most essential thing about her work is the form. Whether it is handbuilt, wheel thrown or a combination of the two processes, the form is the underlying factor. Her work is a continuous search for beauty using the delicate translucency of porcelain. The finishing process of glaze, slip or firing is an embellishment to it. The play of light comes from the carving or piercing that she does. She has continually studied and researched various ancient cultures and it is from these sources that she draws her inspiration. It is her hope that the work that she produces will have a timeless quality to it.
Since 1984, she and her husband, Robin Hopper, have owned and operated ’Chosin Pottery Inc., in Victoria, B.C., Canada.