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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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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. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Potters Place Gallery is truly a jewel in the crown of Comox Valley. It is a collective of 30 local potters that has been running for 25 years. Half the members are working members who run the gallery and half are consignment members, but all the members are from Bowser to Quadra Island. The atmosphere and the people are warm and welcoming. The gallery shop is located at the corner of 5th and Cliffe in a building with warm, creaky fir floors and large windows. It is worth a stop by if you are visiting, or local. You won't be disappointed in this unique all clay gallery and shop. You will find pieces from small fridge magnets to large statement pieces. And, of course, when you are in need of a new mug, or a wedding gift this is the place to come.
There are only a few more days to come by and see the place settings set up banquet style. Oh, how I would love my Christmas dinner table to look like this with so many different potters represented.
Happy 25th anniversary Potters Place!
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The Potters Place Gallery & Shop shared Comox Valley Potters Club's photo. ... See MoreSee Less

The Potters of the CVPC and the Potters Place Gallery have been getting a good start on Chili Bowls for our annual chili bowl fundraiser for YANA that happens on Market Days in Courtenay in July. I think we have about 100 so far and many more waiting to come in. Last year we sold 300.
For $20 you choose your bowl, get a scoop of chili and take the beautiful handmade bowl home with you. 💯% goes to YANA.

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

The Potters of the CVPC and the Potters Place Gallery have been getting a good start on Chili Bowls for our annual chili bowl fundraiser for YANA that happens on Market Days in Courtenay in July. I think we have about 100 so far and many more waiting to come in. Last year we sold 300.
For $20 you choose your bowl, get a scoop of chili and take the beautiful handmade bowl home with you. 💯% goes to YANA.

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The prices come from the Greenbarn website, but I would sell the stuff for less to get it out of my shop. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Potters Place Gallery & Shop added 2 new photos. ... See MoreSee Less

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