Mud Sweat and Tears Studio is situated in Blind Bay on the shores of Shuswap Lake, British Columbia.
In 1981, Bruce and Laura returned ro Bruce's native Canada from New Zealand. They lived in Kamloops for two years, then moved to the Shuswap, opening the Squilax Craft Post, in the old Squilax General Store. In 1986 they bought a house in Blind Bay and set up their studio.
In 2009 Grant became part of Mud Sweat and Tears.
Bruce and Grant go through over 12 tons of clay a year. They use both stoneware and porcelain and produce functional, sculptural, and one of a kind pieces.
Mud Sweat and Tears has an annual contract to make between 3000 - 4000 honey pots for Nicola Valley Apriary, in Merritt, BC.
Bruce was introduced to clay when Laura rented a wheel. Although he had never seen anyone throwing, he sat down and made a beautiful bowl.
Six months later he gave up his job as a Purchasing Manager, for two Particle Board factories, in New Zealand, to become a full time potter.
He makes a full range of functional domestic ware.
Every winter he throws 3000-4000 Honey Pots for an annual contract.
Bruce has a passion for crystalline glazed pots and is continuosly working to perfect his glazes. He has also experimented with post firing reduction.
Bruce has taught pottery classes and has given many workshops.