Debra Olsen was born in the Canadian Prairies, has wandered in the Rockies, played in the Pacific and roamed the Maritime Provinces. In her travels, Olsen has encountered breathtaking beauty which she has attempted to infuse into her clay forms and their surfaces. She wants her art to go home with you and share in the everyday joys and sorrows of life itself.
In the spring of 2015, Olsen earned, with honours, a Diploma in Fine Craft: Ceramics from NBCCD in Fredericton, NB. She received scholarships from both the BC Arts Council and the Chilliwack Arts Council. The NB Arts Board awarded her The Charlotte Glenncross Scholarship for Excellence in Design.
Presently, Olsen can be found in the heart of the Fraser Valley working in Raku and ^6 oxidation.