The Potters Place Gallery and Shop in Courtenay, B.C. is in the heart of the Comox Valley.
The pottery gallery was established 25 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 30 island potters sell from the store offering an impressive variety of high quality pottery.
Stoneware, porcelain and earthenware clay 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.