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Friday August 17th, 2018

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Saturday August 11th, 2018

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The Potters Place is featuring two of our own for the month of August. The displays of Maeva @flyingashpottery and Sue @hilltoppottery are amazing. So many gorgeous, beautifully made pots to choose from. These two women are experts in their respective fields of pit fired, wood fired and salt fired pottery. Cross Cliffe - you’ll be glad you did. Or park off of 6th, behind the Gallery.
#downtowncourtenay #ceramicgallery #comoxvalley #pitfiredpottery #woodfiredpottery #saltfiredpottery #alternativefiring
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Saturday August 4th, 2018

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The Potters Place will be open on the holiday Monday, August 6 from noon until 4:00 pm. Come and see the Featured Artists work, Sue Taylor and Maeva Collins. ... See MoreSee Less

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Sunday July 29th, 2018

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The Potters Place Gallery Feature Artists for August 2018
For August the Potters Place Gallery is featuring the work of two local potters, Maeva Collins and Sue Taylor.
Sue is a long time valley resident and a co-founding member of the Potter’s
Place Collective. She creates both functional ware and one of a kind carved pieces. Her work reflects her many years of making pots in Canada and her degree work at the University of Western England.
Sue lives and pots on her rural property
in Merville. She uses a hand built sprung arch gas fired salt kiln to achieve the traditional “orange peel” effect on her porcelain work. Her work has been displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Maeva also lives on a small rural acreage which provides her with the freedom to pit fire
and wood fire her creations. She specializes in unique burnished pit fired vessels with silky surfaces that beg to be touched. With her wood fired work, her goal is to produce pieces that are sophisticated in design and display wonderful colour and texture after firing.
Maeva derives great joy in creating her pieces
and hopes that future owners will find as much pleasure in viewing and touching them as she has had in making them.
The Potters Place Gallery is located at the corner of 5th Street and Cliffe Avenue in downtown Courtenay. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information on the Gallery see us on Facebook, go to www.thepottersplace.ca, or call (250) 334-4613.
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Sunday July 22nd, 2018

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Wow!! Thank you folks. The support for YANA is so heartwarming. At our first estimate you helped us raise approximately $6000 for YANA in one day. We love seeing all the support and hearing your stories.
There will still be some bowls at the Potters Place for the next week, or so. Still $20, still 💯% goes to YANA, alas... no more chili.
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Saturday July 21st, 2018

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Still lots of bowls and chili. We’ll be here until 3pm ... See MoreSee Less

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Thursday July 19th, 2018

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So excited to have our new neighbours be on board with our YANA day - this Saturday. For $3 add an ice cream (limited supplies) and 100% goes to YANA along with your $20 Chili bowl donation. ... See MoreSee Less

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Friday July 6th, 2018

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The Potters Place is the place to be this month. So much is going on. We have 4 new members in the last several months and some stunning work by our guest and featured artists.
We are located in the courtyard at the corner of fifth and Cliffe, Courtenay BC in the beautiful Comox Valley. Parking in the rear off 6th street.
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Monday July 2nd, 2018

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Alan Burgess
For the month of July, the Potters Place Gallery in Courtenay will be featuring the work of Alan Burgess. Alan began working with clay at the tender age of 13 in Manchester England. Later inspired by the teaching faculty at the Camberwell School of Art in London, he set out on a long journey of exploration with clay. The work he has produced over the last six decades has been an exploration of stoneware and porcelain clays, making functional, non- functional and sculptural work.
Alan enjoys the surfaces and colours
produced in wood-fired kilns, especially
when using Shino glazes with their rich
colour and carbon trapping qualities. He
also produces work exploring soda firing with it’s textured surfaces. This work is often richly decorated with sgraffito drawings based on ancient designs.
His work has been exhibited across Canada, the USA and Europe. He is a long-time member of ”Fired Up!”, a British Columbia-based group of highly talented ceramic artists who have an annual show and regularly exhibit together.
For 30 years Alan taught at North Island College, and was the department chair for 11 years, establishing the new Diploma program in Fine Art and Design at the Courtenay Campus.
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Sunday July 1st, 2018

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Today we set up Alan Burgess' exhibition. Alan is the feature artist for July and has some lovely gallery pieces on display as well as his attractive mugs and bowls. ... See MoreSee Less

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Sunday July 1st, 2018

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The Potters Place Gallery would like to welcome Judy Weeden as our guest artist for the month of July.

Pottery is a second career for me after a time of biological research and teaching. That background does show up as motifs on the pots, but not solely. Life and the search for beauty in form and décor inspire my work – functional, decorative and sculptural.
In the 45 years of having lived the “potters life” I have built up a considerable repertoire of work, varied in style and execution mainly based on the vessel format. Still there are many new challenges and ideas ahead that call me to the studio daily.

A critical turning point in my career has been the recognition that I have never been inspired by the process of glazing, or of testing glazes. Hence my use of slips and slip carving and my signature use of terra sigillata. More recently I have used smoke firing as a decorative feature of sculptural work with no glazing at all. The colour of these pieces is from carbon penetration into the clay body. ... See MoreSee Less

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Saturday June 30th, 2018

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Today we just set up Judy Weeden's exhibition pieces at the Potters Place. Remarkable work! ... See MoreSee Less

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Saturday June 30th, 2018

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What an exciting month July is going to be. We just had a new potter, Craig Rogers bring his work in yesterday as well as two exhibitions happening. Be sure to come to see Craig's lovely functional work. ... See MoreSee Less

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Saturday June 30th, 2018

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Judy Weeden
Judy Weeden is the Guest Artist at the Potters Place Gallery in Courtenay for the month of July. Pottery is a second career for Judy after a time spend doing biological research and teaching. That background shows up as motifs on her pots, but not solely. Life and the search for beauty in form and décor inspire her work – functional, decorative and sculptural.
In the 45 years of having lived the “potter’s life”
she has built up a considerable repertoire of work, varied in style and execution mainly based on the vessel format. Still there are many new challenges and ideas ahead that call her to the studio daily.
A critical turning point in her career was the recognition that she was not inspired by the process of glazing, or of testing glazes. Hence her use of slips and slip carving and her signature use of terra sigillata, an ultrarefined clay slip, used by the ancient Greeks and Romans in lieu of glaze.
It can give a soft sheen when applied to bone-dry wares, or a high gloss if polished or burnished while still damp.
More recently Judy has used smoke firing as a decorative feature of her sculptural work with no glazing at
all. The colour of these pieces comes from carbon penetration into the clay body.
For more information on the Gallery see us on Facebook, go to www.thepottersplace.ca, or call (250) 334-4613.
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Monday June 18th, 2018

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Tuesday June 5th, 2018

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For the month of June the Potters Place Gallery
in Courtenay will be featuring the work of four
Mid-Island potters: Algis Bubnys, Jane MurraySmith,
Linda Phillips and Barb Strachan. Based
out of Pyromania Pottery in Coombs, they
create functional and decorative pottery using
electric, wood and gas
fired techniques. Each
potter will showcase
their feature work that includes ash and raku
glazes as well as feather and horsehair
treatments. Pottery lovers are invited to come
by the Gallery to see what these Pyromaniacs
have been up to.
For more information on the Gallery see us on
Facebook, go to www.thepottersplace.ca, or call
(250) 334-4613.
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Monday May 14th, 2018

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Check out Joe Stefiuk's toasty new shooters, fresh out of the wood fired kiln. Perfect for sipping local whiskey.

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Monday May 14th, 2018

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Cross Cliffe and come see Carol Harris’ stunning feature display now until the end of May.

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Tuesday May 8th, 2018

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Potters Place Gallery Feature and Guest Artists for May

Ellen Statz is the Potters Place Gallery FeatureArtistforMay. Bornand raised in Campbell River, Ellen is a true Island girl. Her father was a commercial fisherman which speaks to her long and direct connection with the sea and with nature.
In a happy bit of serendipity, Ellen took her first pottery class while pursuing a Fine Art Diploma at Malaspina College (now VIU) in Nanaimo. After college,
she balanced work, family and pottery until 2006, when she made the decision to work in her studio full time.
Crocodiles, Alligators and Eggs ...
The work in this show revives the alligator fascination from Ellen’s early days as a raku potter. Her work has travelled down a number of different roads since then, but in 2015 she had the opportunity to try soda firing for the first time. Ellen was captivated by the unique and textural way that soda touches each piece in the kiln, and suddenly, the alligator addiction was back! Grouped together, she imagines them as naughty children ... plotting, scheming, and generally up to no good. And maybe just a little bit devilish! They make her smile, a she hopes they make you smile too!
Naked Raku ...
Ellen has also been enjoying her work with naked raku,
where smoke and fire create random patterns. Some
are later enhanced with cold finishes and then waxed
and polished. The sinuous, lustrous shapes feel calming and contemplative, and invite touch.
Both touch and playfulness add rich dimension to our daily lives. Ellen feels very fortunate to have a job she loves, and the opportunity to share her passion with others.

Carol Harris is the Potters Place Gallery Guest Artist for May. Carol started her journey with clay in 1987, initially learning the wheel and then moving into hand building which is now her primary focus. She loves the endless possibilities that the medium provides and is never at a loss for ideas of what she wants to make next. Sometimes she has a hard time keeping up with herself!
Her work is mainly stiff and soft slab construction with details being hand modelled. The form itself is important, but the real joy for her comes in decorating her work. She uses stamps which she creates, as well as carving, and clay slip to add detail.
She is inspired by nature and has a strong sense that she is being led along the way. She starts planning the form without knowing how it will end up which is most of the fun.
“Whimsically elegant” and “like something you would find in a fairy forest” are some of the comments that she has received on her work. She loves these kinds of comments because they make her want to go even more in that direction. Working with clay is pure joy for her and she hopes that others can experience some of what she feels and is trying to express.
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.com, check out Facebook or call (250) 334-4613.
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Wednesday May 2nd, 2018

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Carol Harris is on of the Potters Place Gallery’s Featured Artists for May. Carol started her journey with clay in 1987, initially learning the wheel and then moving into hand building which is now her primary focus. She loves the endless possibilities that the medium provides and is never at a loss for ideas of what she wants to make next. Sometimes she has a hard time keeping up with herself!
Her work is mainly stiff and soft slab construction with details being hand modelled. The form itself is important, but the real joy for her comes in decorating her work. She uses stamps which she creates, as well as carving, and clay slip to add detail.She is inspired by nature and has a strong sense that she is being led along the way. She starts planning the form without knowing how it will end up which is most of the fun.“Whimsically elegant” and “like something you would find in a fairy forest” are some of the comments that she has received on her work. She loves these kinds of comments because they make her want to go even more in that direction. Working with clay is pure joy for her and she hopes that others can experience some of what she feels and is trying to express.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.com, check out Facebook or call (250) 334-4613.
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