This series is inspired by the winter cabins habited by park rangers in Algonquin during the 19th century. Many of these cabins housed beautiful cast iron stoves that enabled them to comfortably live and work throughout the winter, protecting the park. I believe the image of a wood burning stove accurately captures this conflicting notion of harmonious living and self-interested gain, where protecting wilderness came at a cost of cutting logs and burning fuel for heat.
Each plate has been hand carved to resemble a wood carving. A wood saw blade circles the circumference of selected plates, with a stove placed in the centre as the heart and sustenance for survival.
Speckled stoneware on slip, 2017.