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November 2, 2017 The Potters Place Gallery

The Potters Place Gallery Feature Artists for November 2017

The Potters Place Gallery feature artists for November are Sylvia McGourlick and Elizabeth Raynor.

Sylvia was introduced to pottery while living in Haida Gwaii in the mid- 1980’s. Today, she focuses on producing functional pottery for daily use. She believes that there is something special about hand-made pottery. Maybe it’s the familiar feel of a well-used piece, or the unique way that the clay’s body and glaze combine to catch the light, that rewards the user and their senses.    

Her glazes are earthy with reds, browns, white and silver that flow into one another creating a new palette where they overlap. While most of her work is done on the wheel, Sylvia likes to experiment with hand building and new glaze combinations to keep the craft new and fresh.

Elizabeth is a founding member of The Potters Place and has made functional pottery for over 25 years. While working in Edmonton she became interested in clay and was fortunate enough to be taught and mentored by Naboro Kubo a fourth generation potter from Japan. The influence of his ideas are still present in her work.

Simplicity of form, softness of colour and a peaceful calm are the inspirations for Elizabeth forms and approach to glazing and decoration of her pottery. 

Come in and check out Sylvia’s and Elizabeth’s work at the Potters Place Gallery just in time for the Christmas season.

The Gallery is located at the corner of 5th Street and Cliffe Avenue in downtown Courtenay and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information visit www.thepottersplace.ca or call 250-334-4613.

September 5, 2017 The Potters Place Gallery

We are delighted to have Sue Emerson as our featured artist throughout September. 

Her pottery is every changing and though known for wall sculptures and installations using steel and clay, she also creates beautiful handmade pottery and functional work with hand-building methods and an array of textures.

Her current body of work has taken on a new direction.  Well new it is actually a method that Sue has re-purposed for clay from a previous time in her life.  She says it best:

As potter may things influence our work and the influences can be from various times in our lives. Having said that my new work is having a strong influence from my days as a silk screen artist. The difference is that now I am screening slip on clay and years ago it was ink on paper or fabric. Regardless of how the images are finding their way on the clay the themes are almost always inspired by the same things – natures textures, flora and fauna of every description, select iconic images and earthy colours and feels. This is just the beginning of a collection of ideas I have had in mind for some time and your guess is as good as mine where it will go. I hope it speaks to you!”

Come see her work and more throughout September on display in our Featured Window at The Potters Place Gallery located at the corner of 5th and Cliffe in downtown Courtenay, BC – Comox Valley

10am-5pm Monday-Saturday

 

July 21, 2017 The Potters Place Gallery

Together again – Muddy Duck Pottery and Fireworx Glass. You may have seen this dynamic duo sharing a booth at markets throughout the Valley. They will once again share space. This time it will be the front windows at The Potters Place Gallery for the month of August as featured and guest artists. Come see Dawn Hansons’s functional pottery, inspired by nature and Sabine Arends’ bright and cheerful fused glass.

Together Again
The Potters Place Gallery is proud to present Muddy Duck Pottery and Fireworx Glass.  They will be our featured and guest artists and will share our front window space for the month of August.  
You may have seen Dawn Hanson and Sabine Arends teamed up at various markets around the Valley.  They enjoy working together and take pleasure in each other’s art.

Dawn enjoys cooking and eating and finds no greater pleasure than to make functional pottery that will play a part in people coming together over a meal.  Lately she is having fun making large serving platters that can go from oven to table to dishwasher.  
Dawn is inspired by all the beauty that the Comox Valley has to offer and you can see this inspiration in her warm, earthy green glaze; “forest floor” and her fresh, cool white and green glaze combination that she calls “glacial waters”.

A mainly self taught artist, Sabine achieved her skills by experimenting, taking workshops and working with other artists and students.  Sabine enjoys working with dichroic glass because of its magical effects and colour impact.  You will find this extraordinary glass in her wall art, garden art, plates and jewellery.  
Her small farm with many birds inspires much of her work.  You can’t look at her funky, colourful glass birds without breaking into a smile.  Sabine also keeps busy with the many classes and workshops she offers.
 
 

 

July 3, 2017 The Potters Place Gallery

EARTH AND WOOD
Anne Marie Veal and Jason Marlow Featured Artists July 2017

The Potters Place Gallery, in downtown Courtenay, is delighted to present Anne Marie Veale as our Feature Artist for the month of July together with her husband, Jason Marlow, an internationally recognized woodturner. This husband and wife team share a studio gallery at their home in Qualicum Bay.

Anne Marie’s work features her designs developed over a 30 year career as a studio potter. Platters, plates, teapots and jugs alike are comfortably weighted, solidly built for daily use and can go from oven to table with ease. What sets them apart from other functional pottery, is her colourful and whimsical decoration. Whether it be cats curled on a windowsill, pansies in a garden or a lovely country landscape, there is no doubt that Anne Marie Veale is an artist whose work will touch you.

Jason is one of Canada’s most distinguished studio woodturners, recognized internationally for his innovative and original pieces. He uses sustainable indigenous woods of British Columbia. He produces wall pieces to architectural scale as well as a wide range of smaller objects inspired by Vancouver Islands forests, rivers, mountains and wildlife.

May 24, 2017 The Potters Place Gallery

We can’t be more excited.  Come and celebrate with us as we ring in 25 years as the most amazing Pottery Collective on Vancouver Island.  We celebrate 25 years and June is a perfect time to have a party.

Past and Current members of  The Potters Place Gallery will be creating individual place settings for this event.  We are going to be joined by Sushi Jo and Sweet Surprise Gluten Free Baking adding to the event with their delicious sushi and sweet treats. – wow.

JUNE 2 – 4 – 7 pm 
Corner of 5th and Cliffe in Downtown Courtenay, BC.

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January 7, 2017 The Potters Place Gallery

red dot sale at The Potters Place Jan 13-21, 2017

RED DOT SALE
January 13-21, 2017 at The Potters Place Gallery
Potters and the Creative Process

The Potters of The Potters Place Gallery are clearing out their studios. The frenzy of the holiday season has passed and the potters now have time to reflect on what worked, what didn’t quite meet
their goals and where they would like to take their art in the coming year.
Every artist and designer goes through a creative process. Potters are no different. There are as many different approaches to creativity as there are artists. Some prefer to create spontaneously; some choose a more methodical approach. Are spontaneity and method mutually exclusive? I think not. I believe they work together and that every artist, no matter how spontaneous, or conscious goes through four basic steps: 1) idea generation 2) work, experimentation and testing 3) self, peer, or mentor evaluation and 4) presentation. It is work, experimentation and testing that is important here.

There are a multitude of facets of pottery, so many, so that a potter could work a life time and still be learning. Sometimes potters choose to focus on one type of firing, or forming technique for many years. Then and opportunity arises to try something new, a spark is ignited and a new tangent is explored. During this exploration and experimentation every piece created may not be exactly what the potter is trying to achieve. It doesn’t mean this creation is not beautiful and will not completely fill someone’s aesthetic; it is just not what the potter was aiming for.

At the Red Dot Sale you will find the actualization of these stages of growth. The pots that are formed from pushing limitations and being vulnerable enough to try something new can be beautiful and lead the potter on a new journey. Sometimes a potter needs to clear out items that simply don’t fit into their new style, or did not work out quite as expected. You get to benefit from this by finding perfectly good pots at reduced prices at The Potters Place Gallery at 5th and Cliffe, in Courtenay during our Red Dot Sale. It is our way of saying thank you to our loyal customers and welcome to our new customers.

What a great way to find a home for pots that are practically perfect in every way.

October 31, 2016 The Potters Place Gallery
HANNA LEWANDOWSKI
Come and see a collection of truly beautifully made, and wonderful to hold pottery from Hanna’s studio on Quadra Island throughout November, 2016
We asked Hanna to tell us about her pottery and her life.  Here’s what she said:
I started my pottery adventure producing honey pots for my family’s beekeeping business.  I can assure you, it is not an easy start, as you begin with making pots with tight fitting lids that cannot leak the honey.  When I finally had time for expansion of my business, I faced a serious question: what other pottery items could I possibly make?
20 years later  I have a studio on Quadra Island, where I produce the whole assortment of items from mugs to casserole dishes. Yes, honey pots are there, too. I enjoy working on the wheel, producing functional stoneware. I like to take inspiration in the nature around me, either pressing leaves into wet clay, or painting   natural motives with wax resist on raw clay, or on glazes. I like a deep, saturated colour, and overlaying 2 or more glazes. I fire to cone 6 – 7 in an electric kiln.  I am hoping to expand to working with a slab roller. 
 
In a spare time (not too much of it!) I like to go kayaking or hiking with my 2 dogs.
 
The Potters Place Gallery is open from 10-5 Monday through Saturday
We are at the Corner of Cliffe and 5th in Downtown Courtenay, across from the Sid Williams Theatre in the 5th Street Courtyard.
Parking is at the rear of the building.
 
September 23, 2016 The Potters Place Gallery

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ART FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING is about the conscious act
of choosing local, sustainable, ethical, earth based, beautiful pottery,
for our homes, our daily lives & our souls.

Come celebrate the beauty in the everyday with handmade pottery drinking vessels created by very talented British Columbian Potters through October 2016 at The Potters Place in Downtown Courtenay, Comox Valley

Come and see a host of ceramic mugs, tumblers, beer steins, yunomis, wine cups, whiskey sniffers, chas and tea bowls.

40 Knots Winery, will be at our opening reception offering wine tasting which we know you’ll just love!

 

 

July 2, 2016 The Potters Place Gallery

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To call ceramic artist/potter Maeva Collins one of our own, is such a coo.

She creates some of the most magnificent pit fired ceramic vessels in Canada and she lives right here, among us in the Comox Valley.

Her woodfired pieces all begin on the potters wheel and then many of them are alterred in shape, either to a square, rectangle, or in some cases, just a little attidude is given, as in her tea pots.wood-fired-(1)-web 

In The Spirit of Fire, an exhibition at the Potters Place Gallery for the month of July featuring Maeva Collins’ pit fired and wood fired ceramic art. Maeva lives and works in Courtenay on 3 acres which gives her the ability to fire her ceramic art creations with wood. These methods of firing serve as a link to ancient techniques and civilizations of the past.

Pit firing produces surfaces that are warm and sensual with patterns reflecting the natural world. Wood firing is an ancient method with a sense of ritual. The wood kiln is fired for 36 hours and stoked every 5 to 10 minutes. mc-pit-fired-lidded-(2)-web

 

In our predictable world, primitive methods of firing result in a creative spontaneity. Potters make the pots and the flames that dance throughout the pit or kiln, create texture, patterns and visual magic

June 2, 2016 The Potters Place Gallery

The Potters Place is so happy to have Shirley Phillips as our featured artist for the month of June. Please come by and see what Shirley has been up to in her studio lately.Shirley phillips wall

Here is what Shirley has to say about her pottery and her process:

Clay allows me to create with texture, colour, and oodles of shapes.
I love to see where ” What If ” experimenting will take the clay.

I fire my pottery pieces using 3 separate methods:

* Smoke Firing – Layers of sawdust, pottery pieces, branches, dried plants, seaweed, along with sprinkles of salt and colourants are placed in a metal barrel. The top layer of kindling is set aflame and the contents smoulder for 24hrs. or so. Results are mottled grey to black surfaces with flashes of colour.

* Wood Firing – Placed in Gordon Hutchens Anagama firewood burning Kiln, pottery pieces will collect wood ash on their surfaces during a 3 day firing. Luscious shades of salmon, green, yellow and toasty browns will grace their surfaces.

* Digital Electric Kiln- My Stoneware pottery pieces are glazed in vibrant turquoise, green, gold, chocolate brown and other colour combos. I also fuse Beach Glass on wee dishes.

Nature always inspires with constant changes.

May 26, 2016 The Potters Place Gallery

Whatever you had planned for this weekend, may 27,28,29 – HOLD ON!!!!

You’ll want to revise your plans to include the Central Island Artisans Studio Tour. 

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This is our first year participating and well, doesn’t it just make sense?  The Potters Place Gallery is opening up shop with wheel demo’s and if you are so inclined … and don’t mind getting ‘mud in your eye’, then why not try your own hand at the wheel.  You’ll soon see just what skills went into making that beautiful hand made mug that you drink your coffee and tea out of everyone morning.

Here are just a few samples of the kind of mugs you’ll find at the Gallery this weekend by just a few of our artists.

If you are not doing that already, then this weekend will be your opportunity to find the perfect mug, or bowl, or vase or… you name it, the wonderful potters at The Potters Place Gallery at the corner of 5th street and Cliffe Ave., in the heart of downtown Courtenay make it.

There will be a wide array of artists on the studio tour and there is no need to fret… you can pick up your brochure with map and studios right here at our gallery.  See you this weekend.

Be sure to bring a friend along.  This is the kind of thing you’ll want to share.