The Potters Place is the largest ALL CLAY GALLERY on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. The alchemy of earth, fire, water and air brings to you the magic of ceramic art.

The Comox Valley has become the POTTERY MECCA of Vancouver island.

 

SRING HAS SPRUNG - From Seedlings To Artist

April is the time for budding artists at The Potters Place.

Courtenay Elementary School clay group's creations are on display throughout this month and they are wonderful!

All things GARDEN are also featured by local Potters.  Come and get a breath of sunshine throughout the month.  ... more

 

Featured Artist

We feature a different artist every month.

Be sure to check our blog to see who our  Featured Artist  is & will be.

As you walk up to the gallery windows at the 5th street Courtyard you will see our 2 large picture windows.
In the evening as you are walking by,  you can't help but notice our windows lit up with the pottery quietly glistening and shining in the light.  People like to walk across the street to our windows and see what's new in the shoppe.

During the day, however, is when you can come in and really get a close look at some of the most wonderful pottery in Western Canada.  The variety of potters in the Comox Valley gives way to an abundance of beautiful, hand crafted local pottery.  We have to hold ourselves back sometimes, from boasting that is... as we are the largest ALL CLAY gallery on Vancouver Island.  The pottery you find here and featured each month, may be functional, decorative or sculptural.  Each artist has a unique voice in clay and the Comox Valley is proud to have so many gifted artists right here.

The artist whose works are available at the Potters Place all live in and around the Comox Valley; The Pottery Mecca of Vancouver Island.

 

 

Who Are The Potters?

Get to know each of our potters a little better and see some samples of their work. We are a collective of artists who are all residents of the Comox Valley including a few choice potters from Cambpell River. The pottery gallery was established over 20 years ago as an outlet for local pottery. It has grown from those early days to become one of the most sought out galleries of ceramic arts on Vancouver Island. Visitors to the Comox Valley are delighted at the calibre of pottery produced locally. Currently over 20 island potters sell from the store offering an impressive variety of high quality pottery.

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We have been an artist collective for over 25 years.

The pottery gallery was established over 20 years ago as an outlet for local pottery. It has grown from those early days to become one of the most sought out galleries of ceramic arts on Vancouver Island. Visitors to the Comox Valley are delighted at the calibre of pottery produced locally. Currently over 20 island potters sell from the store offering an impressive variety of high quality pottery.

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A Brief Explanation of Types of Pottery and Firing Methods

Functional pieces, wheel thrown and hand built, include dinnerware, teapots, casseroles, vases, drinking vessels, and more. Sculptural pieces, altered and carved forms, wall hangings and masks are also found in the store

Stoneware, porcelain and earthenware clays are used in a spectrum of colour fired from low to high temperatures in electric, gas, and wood kilns. Among the specialty firing techniques we have:

Salt and Soda: Salt or soda is introduced into the kiln at the top temperatures and interacts with the clay and colourants to produce a distinctive glaze, often characterized by an “orange peel” texture.
Pit Firing: These pots have no glaze. The surface shine is due to the time spent burnishing the pot and the colour comes from the fire and the combustibles used such as shavings, sawdust, seaweed, dog food and oxides.
Raku: These pots are removed red hot from the kiln and placed in combustible material. They burn in a controlled smoke that creates beautiful coppers, iridescent, black and crackle glaze effects.
Wood Firing: These pots are fired in a kiln heated by wood to a high temperature. The fly ash from the wood lick the pots to add luscious deposits forming warm exceptional glazes.
Crystalline: High fired, cooled slightly in the kiln to a crystal growing temperature and held while crystals form in the glazes to produce unusual and exotic patterns on the pots.

We Are Easy To Find

180B 5th Street, Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 1J4 We are located at the corner of 5th and Cliffe in the Potters Courtyard. Parking at rear of building off 6th st. along the fence. Hours: 10am-5pm Monday - Saturday. 250-334-4613 You Always ONLY pay PST!!