Maddison is a queer 22 year old self taught ceramic artist with ASD and ADHD, coupled with MDD and social anxiety. This business is named after their emotional support dog, Mabel.
When Maddison was 18, they got an itch for a constant companion and found Mabel being re-homed on Craigslist in late 2018. The two immediately bonded and have been side by side ever since.
After living on the island their whole life, in 2020, Maddison decided to pursue a personal training + nutrition coaching career in North Vancouver. COVID broke out within a few months, and life soon did a 180. Maddison felt a need to make a big career shift at this time.
They worked serving jobs & nannied for families in the sea to sky while practicing pottery in any free time. By October of 2021, Maddison’s grandfathers cancer had progressed, rental rates in Squamish were skyrocketing, and after a year of being in Squamish Maddison still felt like they were missing a sense of community. So they decided to move back to the island to be closer to family, with a big goal of trying to pursue pottery full time.
Maddison says that making pottery is meditative, it calms a racing mind and allows for intuitive expression when trying out new forms, glazing techniques, or attempting new hand-building projects. Maddison’s work is always evolving – every few months you may notice big shifts in their style. Maddison says that nothing is more rewarding than having a person find a piece of pottery they love so much that they just have to bring home with them.
The inspiration behind the Mabel Ceramics studio was to create a space for those in the community who may not have space to be authentically expressive, boldly creative, and to feel connected, grounded, and inspired.