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.
FEATURED ARTISTS IN JULY is JLAURIE DAVIS & GUEST ARTIST is DAWN HANSON
NO ONE WAS NAKED IN THE MAKING OF THIS POTTERY… EXCEPT FOR THE PIGGY!
Featured artist at The Potters Place throughout July is Laurie Davis, along with guest artist and Comox Valley Potters Club president-elect Dawn Hanson.
FEATURED ARTIST LAURIE DAVIS
It wasn't until Laurie Davis saw a potter sitting at a potter’s wheel throwing mounds of clay while she was in Germany in her thirties, she realized what she was missing. “To find a passion in life, which is unexpected, is a true gift to the spirit” says Davis.
On moving to Comox in 1970 she found a community that was open and accepting of everyone who had an interest in clay. She attended ceramic courses, joined the local ‘Potters Club’ and began the long process of learning to work with clay. The support received from these talented potters and both the number and assortment of workshops that she and others in the local clay community attended, satisfied her need for sharing, creating and learning. “The feeling of throwing with clay, centers and calms me with a deep sense of completeness.”
At the age of 69, Davis entered the Fine Arts and Design course at N.I.C. and graduated. North Island College has produced a wonderful foundation for the wealth of potters who make this valley home and Laurie Davis is certainly part of that bedrock. She found it a joy to mix with other artists and teachers in the many fields of art. Having traveled to Greece, China, Germany, Peru, Italy, France, Turkey and the southern States, it was exciting to study all the different types of pottery and art from the last 6000 years.
Laurie’s creates both functional and decorative pottery. For instance, Naked Raku. Now, don’t get your knickers in a knot. No human was naked in the making of these pots! Naked Raku gets its racy name because during the process of firing, the outer shell of slip that was applied falls off and the surface of the pot returns to the original clay exterior, revealing a unique one time only design on the vessel. The pot is then “naked,” without a covering of glaze. Laurie has created for this ‘Features Show’ a new series of decorative vessels with vibrant colours on the exterior and an interior of brilliant gold called "GOLDEN GLOW" pots. These special pieces are water- proof and could just as easily stand alone, or hold flowers. If it is purely functional ware you are looking for, well of course she will have her lovely teapots and mugs and bowls etc. available as well.
GUEST ARTIST DAWN HANSON
We are thrilled to have the Comox Valley Potters Club’s President Elect, Dawn Hanson join the Potters Place Gallery as a guest artist for July. Dawn is a studio-trained potter. She was born and raised on the west coast of British Columbia. Dawn grew up surrounded by many beautiful pieces, as her mother is a lover and collector of pottery.
She took her first pottery class when she was eight and was enthralled by the silky feel of the clay sliding through her fingers. In her late twenties Dawn decided it was time to try playing with clay again. She has done so, on and off ever since. While living in Moose Jaw, Dawn became very involved in the Moose Jaw Potters Club, taking and teaching several classes.
Since moving (back) to the Comox Valley, in 2010, Dawn has focused her energy on her pottery. She joined the Comox Valley Potters Club and has taken several classes and workshops at North Island College. You can now find Dawn on numerous weekends throughout the year selling her wares at markets and fairs. She also enjoys sharing her love of clay with children and adults throughout the valley and finds a beginner’s joy of the tactile experience of clay nothing short of inspiring.
If you happen to know a potter personally, then you must also know that there is an unwritten law, which states all potters enjoy cooking and eating. This is true for Hanson and she also loves to make functional pottery that people will use and enjoy in their kitchen every day like bowls, plates, mugs, casseroles etc. Come and see her large serving platters that can go from oven to table to dishwasher. Her beer steins/ice tea mugs are a must in any household. When whimsy strikes, she makes piggy banks. Not so practical in the kitchen, but still a practical vessel that someone will use regularly.
Dawn constantly experiments with combinations of glazes using an electric kiln. I fire most of my functional ware in an electric kiln, always seeking and finding combinations that compliment her many forms.
“I am so grateful that the Comox Valley is home to such natural beauty and so many amazing potters – both of which inspire me daily.”