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Friday April 13th, 2018

The Oddities and Explorations exhibition is in full swing. So many interesting pieces to look at and/or purchase. Many Potters outside of the Gallery members are represented in this exhibit.

The Potters Place Gallery is operated by a collective of potters dedicated to promoting public awareness and appreciation of the ceramic arts, supporting ceramic artists by giving them an opportunity to exhibit and sell their work, awarding bursaries and helping potters in need. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thursday April 5th, 2018

A few photos from the Oddities & Explorations exhibition. Don't miss the opportunity to see many interesting ceramic art pieces. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thursday April 5th, 2018

For the month of April the Potters
Place Gallery in Courtenay, B.C. is
featuring “Oddities & Exploration”,
an exhibition of unconventional,
eccentric, and occasionally
unmarketable ceramic pieces that
have resulted from exploring an
artistic vision.
Please join us from April 1st through
April 30th at our Gallery at the
corner of Cliff Avenue and 5th Street in Courtenay to see what our
talented Comox Valley artisans have put on display. We are open
Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m..
The Potters Place Gallery is
managed by a Society
dedicated to promoting public
awareness and appreciation of
the ceramic arts. It provides a
venue for members to exhibit
and sell their work, awards, bursaries to ceramic art
students and helps potters in
need.
For more information on the
Gallery see us on Facebook, or
call (250) 334-4613.
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Monday April 2nd, 2018

OPEN EASTER MONDAY
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Saturday March 24th, 2018

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Tuesday March 6th, 2018

Feature Artist of the Month
For the month of March, the Potters Place Gallery in the Comox Valley is featuring the work of John Shauer. John found it was the magic of throwing that first seduced him 25 years ago. To be able to make pleasing shapes from a spinning hunk of clay was irresistible, and he delved in and explored all the wonderful shapes.
His not so perfect pieces were found useful when starting the journey into glaze mixing and testing. He tried layering multiple glazes on non-functional pots to see what would be effective, and his confidence grew.
Then crystalline glazes grabbed him. Crystalline is one of his enduring passions and to this day he is still experimenting with glazes and firing schedules.
Meanwhile he noticed that he was becoming dissatisfied with the finished overall shape of his pots, so started refining the rims, feet, and proportions. These small changes resulted in a pot more pleasing to the eye.
He has now found himself enjoying making more functional pieces, knowing that the item will be handled and used frequently making it an intimate and rewarding process. The knowledge and techniques learned whilst making mainly non-functional pieces are now being employed in this way.

You can find more information on the Potters Place Gallery at their website www.thepottersplace.ca
Or call 250-334-4613
H: M-Sat: 10am-5pm
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Saturday February 24th, 2018

Beautiful tea set by Joe Stefiuk

We are a Gallery/shop for all your functional and decorative ceramic needs.

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Thursday February 22nd, 2018

Here’s some eye candy to remind you that The Potters Place is so much more than mugs.
14” wood fired, west coast waves vase by Flying Ash Pottery
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Sunday February 4th, 2018

The Potters Place is pleased to welcome our newest member. Patsy O’Connell Pottery offers fresh, vibrant colours combined with wonderful, serene carvings. Her agateware is a combination of two different colored clays and will have your eyes moving over the entire surface. Welcome Patsy!

With an abundance of opportunity and encouragement to make art at an early age, drawing and painting came easily and stayed with me. Then I took that class at a community studio – Beginner’s Wheel. My focus changed to form and function.

Working and playing with clay is a wonderfully positive endeavor.
The wheel-thrown vessel as an open bowl, its inside space and rich surface treatment have been at the heart of my work throughout my potting life.

Now, forty years after my first encounter with clay, I am entering a later phase of life and making so I consider carefully where I want to put my energy, what I want to make and how.

I like to make pieces that are clearly more than function, while still fully functional. I am always excited about the prospect of spending time in the studio, learning, have problems to solve, playing, and progressing in my clay work.

My work can be seen on line at
www.facebook.com/patsy.oconnell.pottery
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Saturday January 27th, 2018

We’re getting into the last few days of the red dot sale. Brave the snow today and come check out the deals. ... See MoreSee Less

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Monday January 15th, 2018

The Red Dot sale starts this morning. Here is a sneak preview. ... See MoreSee Less

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Sunday January 7th, 2018

Starting on the 15th. The Potters are cleaning out their studios. ... See MoreSee Less

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Monday January 1st, 2018

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Saturday December 30th, 2017

Mark your calendars. January 15-31 That amazing annual RED DOT sale is here again.
You've been waiting for this sale since last year!

This sale is our way of saying thank you for your support all year.
We love our community and our customers who choose handmade over big box stores, local over shipped in, and handmade over factory produced when it comes time for yourself and your gifts.

Our way of saying Thank You Comox Valley, for another great year. Don't Miss This Once A Year Event!

A little background for you about... Potters and the Creative Process

The Potters Place is a not for profit society and part of our mandate is educating and supporting our community about the ceramic arts.

There is a movement a foot around the world - "Less Plastic More Clay" and over this next year, we at The Potters Place are hoping to spread the word through education and example, we hope to help the ComoxValley move away from plastic in their kitchens replacing everyday items with pottery instead. Even... your colanders.

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 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? We think not. We 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 may however, not be exactly what the potter was aiming for.

At the Red Dot Sale you will find the actualization of these stages of growth.

- You will find 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.

- You will find pots that are ends of lines

- You will find pots that are styles that a potter is no longer creating

- You will find pots similar to what you found last month, only reduced to make room for more pots.

You get to benefit from this by finding perfectly good pots at reduced prices at The Potters Place Gallery at 5 th 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. Pots in this image are representative of the variety of pottery that we carry, but these actual pieces may not be available for the red dot sale. Don't worry, there are so many wonderful red dot pots, you are sure to find something... or rather many things.

We invite you to cross the road at Cliffe and head over to the courtyard where we are located.
There is also parking at rear
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Thursday December 21st, 2017

Reminder: we’re open until 8 Friday and 10-5 Saturday 10-2 Sunday.
Thank you to all the happy people who kept the Potters hopping today.🎄🎄The Potters Place will have some extended Christmas hours
Thursday December 21: 10-8
Friday December 22: 10-8
Saturday December 23: 10-5
Sunday December 24 10-2. 🎄🎄
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Thursday December 21st, 2017

Did anyone leave their glasses at The Potters Place? We are open until 8 today and tomorrow. 10-5 Saturday and 10-2 Sunday. I hope you see this and get them back for Christmas. ... See MoreSee Less

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Saturday December 16th, 2017

🎄🎄The Potters Place will have some extended Christmas hours
Thursday December 21: 10-8
Friday December 22: 10-8
Saturday December 23: 10-5
Sunday December 24 10-2. 🎄🎄
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Thursday November 30th, 2017

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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Wednesday November 29th, 2017

An easy way to win a $750 downtown shopping spree!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.

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Saturday November 18th, 2017

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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