Monica De Campo
Monica, born in South Africa, completed her Teaching Degree at Pretoria Teachers College in 1975 as an Arts Major. Pottery classes from Maxie Erasmus in Hazyview became a passion and Monica soon had her own studio and produced award-winning earthenware and stoneware pottery. She had since headed the Ceramic Department of Brakpan Technical College (1988-89) near Johannesburg, did further studies at Johannesburg Technicon in Printmaking, Conceptual Arts, Ceramic Design, Drawing and Art history. She completed workshops with John Gibson from England, Les Manning and Matthias Ostermann, Canada and Pete Callas from NY.Other mentors include Brenda Danbrook, Martha Grover,Adam Field, Janet DeBoos and many more.
In 2004, Monica participated in the Artist in Residence Program at the Medalta International Clay Centre in Medicine Hat, Alberta. During 2015 she was invited to teach at the prestigious La Meridiana International School of Ceramics in Tuscany, Italy. She now enjoys leading workshops and mentoring during her travels.
She actively participates in Fine Art Workshops and enjoys painting in Acrylics on canvas as well as making handcrafted paper. She is a member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council, CARFAC SK. She is currently a Board member of Sask Terra.
Monica moved to the Prairies in 2009 from Ontario where she now creates one-of-a-kind porcelain vessels and offers workshops in her private studio and gallery, retiring from the years of exhibiting her work at top Fine Art Shows in South Africa, United States and Canada. Monica works primarily with electric fired stoneware and porcelain clays and also enjoys working with Raku and wood fired stoneware during workshops.
At times our own light goes out and it is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each one of us has cause to think deep gratitude of those who have lit the flame within us. More so to realize the lamp we hold for someone else also illuminates our own path.