Mason Heights Pottery & Basketry
For Lynn Kusack the art journey began with the purchase of a pottery casserole dish 40 years ago. This sparked a desire in her to learn how to work with clay and to make some wonderful vessels. Lynn took her first pottery class at Kwantlen College and soon discovered the process was harder than it looked and would take a lot of practice to become proficient. This led her to take further training in pottery at the Shadbolt Art Centre, Rain Forest Pottery and at the Chilliwack Arts Centre.
Lynn, who was born in Burnaby and has lived in Langley for 50 years, has always been fascinated with the texture and the intricacies of baskets. On a recent trip to New Mexico, she stopped to watch a man sitting in front of an art gallery weaving a willow basket. As she watched him weave he explained the process from harvesting the willow to the finished basket. When Lynn left, he gave her a half finished basket and told her to go home and finish it.
Through a friend, Lynn found out about a class in Kamloops on how to make pine needle baskets. She spent the weekend learning how to make the basket, which she keeps to remind her of the start of her basket making journey. Little did she know that this would develop a thirst for knowledge on other types of weaving. Lynn is a member of the Northwest Basket Weaver’s Guild and has attended classes at retreat functions put on by the guild. She has also attended classes sponsored by the Yale Historic Society and the Whistler Arts Council.
Lynn has since ventured into combining pottery and basketry. Many of her baskets may have other materials such as fossils, antlers, seashells and sweet grass. She still wants to learn more. This quest has become a passion and she believes she has been blessed with the opportunity to meet many others who enjoy basketry as much as she.