Erma Wesanko

In her Riverfront Studio by the Ottawa River, Erma produces handmade functional pottery and both traditional and contemporary baskets. When combining basket making and pottery the result is a unique creation for your home.

Erma is a retired teacher and Speech Pathologist. Although she has always had a keen interest in the arts, she began working with clay seriously after retirement. Her skills were developed with the help of the members of the local Potters Guild, participating in workshops and attending courses at Canadore College. She enjoys working with porcelain stoneware and high fired glazes.



Basket making followed while wintering in Florida where she took courses in Shaker style baskets. Materials used are rattan and reed, both natural and hand dyed, cane and oak or hand made porcelain handles. Some baskets are given a protective coating using oil or water based stains.

Erma is a member of The Valley Artisans’ Co-op, established in 1987 in Deep River Ontario. Deep River is a town in Renfrew County, Ontario, located along the Ottawa River. It is about 200 kilometres north-west of Ottawa on the Trans-Canada Highway.

You can learn more about her and several other talented artisans on the Valley Artisans’ Coop website


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