About Nancy, Long-Time Employee

and New Owner of Acme!

Nancy Clarke grew up in southern and northern Ontario. After obtaining her Diploma in Fine Arts from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, she ventured to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, where she received her BFA with a Major in Ceramics. After graduation, she moved back to Ontario and settled in Toronto. She made ceramics, taught classes, worked in a fine craft gallery, and as an art administrator's assistant - all while doing a residency at the Harbourfront Centre in their Ceramics Studio. Then she met Sue and Don.

Nancy became part of the Acme team in 1997 and never looked back. Her creative experiences stood her in good stead when it came to the design, painting, and detailing, but she was equally capable when it came to assembly, packing and shipping. When Sue and Don made the decision to retire from Acme Animal, Nancy thought long and hard about what that meant for her. Ultimately, she made the decision to grab hold of the Acme reins herself and lead Acme into its next phase.

While the studio is much quieter now, the studio pets still persist; her dog Lucie and cat Jax keep Nancy company while she works. There are a few less designs in the Acme portfolio, but Nancy has plans to work on some new designs shortly. Nancy’s husband David helps with some of the business management and Katherine still finagles words when Nancy asks her for help. But running the show herself is exactly what Nancy wants right now and she is working hard to ensure a smooth transition.