Pamela Nagley Stevenson was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and majored in ceramic studies at the University of Hawaii, the University of Victoria and the Banff Centre for the Arts.
She has been a studio potter in the mountainous Slocan Valley since 1976, and she has taught clay studio and ceramic history courses at the Kootenay School of the Arts at Selkirk College in Nelson, BC, since 1993. She specializes in making high-temperature porcelain vessels suitable for daily use and ceremonial occasions. Her work embraces the vital relevance of sacred mythologies and the traditional faiths of many cultures.
Pamela rebuilt her old wood kiln in 2009 to be a much larger 73-cubic-foot catenary arch, two-chamber wood-soda kiln. She built it in collaboration with colleagues Susanne Ashmore, Diane Burt and Cameron Stewart. Each firing has been spectacularly successful and her new work continues to evolve in form and surface, celebrating complex luminous surfaces of rich flashing with joyful accents of brighter colours achieved though slips and soda glaze.
"Spinning out of ancient cultures and gentle gestures, my mythopoeic pottery plays with archetypal forms and symbolic references, and invites both contemplation and intimate functional use. I ask my clay work to communicate in the universal language of devotion, offering and libation."