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Anne Cubitt
For the month of December, the Potters Place Gallery in the Comox Valley is featuring the work of Anne Cubitt, one the Gallery’s member potters. Anne specializes in crystalline pottery using high fire stoneware and porcelain. Her elegant forms are the perfect canvas for her crystalline pottery.
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Walk the Windows is happening again this year - and its a great chance to enter to win a $750 shopping spree Downtown Courtenay!!!

There are 2 ways to enter this year - Enter to win in the ballot bags inside each participating business OR take a photo of your favourite window and post to social media using the handle indicated on the poster (make sure to tag #downtowncourtenay).

Participating Business this year-
The Broken Spoke
Extreme Runners
Union Street Grill and Grotto
Lupine Art Studio
The Mustard Lady
Games and Grounds
Secret Drawers Lingerie Ltd.
South Hollow Gallery Leapenhi Paper
Whale's Tale Toys
be - Solely Canadian Clothing Boutique
The Curious Cat Unique Gifts on 5th
Ski Tak Hut
Trousers
The Potters Place Gallery & Shop
Cherry Wine Fashions
DeVine's Emporium
Design Therapy Home
FD & INTERIORS
The Alberni Project - HMCS ALBERNI Museum and Memorial
Home & Garden Gate
HG Winter
Ivory & Grey
Hot Chocolates
Jim's Clothes Closet
La Cache Comox Valley
Tea Centre
Laughing Oyster Bookshop
Graham's Jewellers Ltd.
The Romance Shop
Wildflower Mercantile
TAB Imports - Furniture / Decor / Lifestyle Store
Runges Imports
Everything Wet Store
Courtenay Antiques
Bigfoot Donuts
Twelve12
5th Street Florist
Hitec Screen Printing
Finders Keep Hers Boutique & Luxury Resale
Penny Tyme Fashions
A Gemstone Hair Studio
Rally Co.

Make sure you vote - contest closes December 20.

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Congratulations to our mug winner!! This lovely young woman came in last night during Moonlight and Magic and entered to win a mug of her choice. She chose a Cori Sandler mug and is gifting it to her friend who just bought a new house. 💚❤️💚 ... See MoreSee Less

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The Potters Place is cozy and warm and waiting for you to come browse and enjoy some cider and cookies. Open late tonight to join in the Moonlight and Magic festivities. ... See MoreSee Less

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All dressed up for Christmas. Come join us for Moonlight and Magic and enter to win a mug of your choice. ... See MoreSee Less

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Come in to the Potters Place on the night of Moonlight and Magic (November 17) between 5-9 and enter your name in a draw for a mug of your choice. Cross Cliffe and have some hot apple cider and a wander through the Gallery. Start your Christmas shopping, add your favorites to your wishlist and enter the draw. ... See MoreSee Less

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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.
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Sandy Harquail is our featured artist until the end of the month. Alongside her very contemporary pieces you will find a harvest display of pots to use on your festive table. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Potters Place is delighted to showcase our newest member, Sandy Harquail, for the month of August. You will love her contemporary designs and attention to finishing detail.

Throughout my life I have been fascinated by the design process. My experiences as a child making tree forts, dress-up costumes and mud pies, in many ways influences how I pursue ceramics today. I use clay like a seamstress uses fabric, cutting patterns with curves and darts to change the shape and form. I envision my pots as pieces of architecture, always striving to create stable structures out of the pliable material all the while finding a balance in function and form. Each time as the clay is transformed from lifeless slabs to volumetric forms there is an excitement, a breath, an inhalation that I find nowhere else. I began my exploration of ceramics in high school in small town St. Clair, Michigan in an independent study program. Through this program I discovered a love of clay that led me to pursue the arts at Eastern Michigan University. Looking back at my youth I see the influences of creative people all around me. My father, a finish carpenter, is a precision craftsman. My grandmother created slip cast porcelain wares and dolls. My Mother was always pursuing one craft project after the other. It was inevitable that I would become a maker of some kind ... See MoreSee Less

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This is the story of one of our potter's process. We hope you enjoy the story of her mugs.
Come in on the night of Moonlight Magic (Nov 17) in downtown Courtenay and enter your name to win a mug of your choice from the gallery.

The mug is the backbone of a functional potter's world. They are such a personal item. There is no compliment I find better than "I use it everyday" or "my husband stole my mug. Now I need another so we can both have one". I enjoy making mugs because I know they will be useful every day. I know the right mug will become beloved and guarded by its owner. There is an intimate connection between a person and their favorite mug.
My tall, slender mugs keep coffee and tea warm longer than a wide mouthed mug. They all start as a lump of clay. I weigh out each one evenly, but I don't measure when I throw them on the Potters wheel. Some will be taller, some will be wider, but they will all have the same general shape. I throw several bodies, then allow them to firm up (usually overnight). The next morning I will "pull" the handles and let them firm up for an hour, or so- depending on humidity. Next I will trim, or smooth the bottom of the body and sign it. When the handles and bodies are the right dryness I will attach the handles, ensuring their shape is pleasing and comfortable. I like a thumb rest for leverage, since the mugs are so tall. I smooth the thumb rest with a sponge, or my finger, so when your thumb finds it you can't help, but move your thumb around on its silky smooth finish. A little stamp for interest where the bottom of the handle meets the pot finishes it off. The mugs dry for about 24 hours upside down, wrapped in plastic. When the moisture in the body and the handle equalize they are flipped right side up and left lightly covered with a plastic dry cleaner bag for several days. Slow, even drying is important. When they are almost bone dry they will be uncovered to finish up. As soon as there are enough pots to fill a kiln the mug will be put into its first firing to 1828 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the pots are cool enough to come out, each one is wiped for dust and is ready for glazing. My first step in glazing is to make sure there are no flaws, or sharp bits. Next I will wax the bottoms of mugs to keep the glaze off. I glaze the mugs, wipe off any excess glaze, add decorative elements and allow them to dry. Loading a glaze kiln is sometimes a game of Tetris. Fitting as many pots in without touching is always a challenge. When the 17 hour glaze firing is complete and the kiln has cooled for many more hours I will unload and inspect each piece for flaws, damage, or sharp edges. The bottom of each pot gets a sanding, so it won't scratch your table.
I will often live with the mug, or other pots for a few days before pricing, packing, shipping, or displaying. Then it's time to release my baby to its new home and hope that it becomes a meaningful piece in your life.
If you have read to the end of my story, please say so in the comments.
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The Potters Place is not just for mugs. When you are looking for a showcase piece for yourself, or a gift, this is the perfect place to shop. ... See MoreSee Less

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Any one have a slab roller collecting dusts...I am on the hunt for one.
Thanks 🙏
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The Potters Place Gallery is pleased to showcase Sue Emerson as our featured artist for the month of September, starting Friday.

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! ... See MoreSee Less

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The Potters Place Gallery & Shop shared Comox Valley Potters Club's post. ... See MoreSee Less

The CVPC and Potters Place Gallery were so pleased to present YANA with a cheque for $6,477 from our chili bowl fundraiser. What a great feeling!

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There's lots of new things going on at The Potters Place Gallery and Shop right now.
We have a new permanent member, Sandy Harquail of Sandy Harquail Ceramics
A guest artist, Sabine Arends of Fireworx Glass and
Featured Artist, Dawn Zilke Hanson of Muddy Duck Pottery.
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These two just finished up a great weekend at Nautical Days together. You can still find their work taking over our front windows until the end of August. ... See MoreSee Less

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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's functional pottery, inspired by nature and Sabine's bright and cheerful fused glass. ... See MoreSee Less

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Joe Stefiuk has been busy in his studio making these amazing masks with so much detail and character. He always has a great selection at The Potters Place. ... See MoreSee Less

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