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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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Wednesday May 2nd, 2018

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Potters Place Gallery Feature Artist for May
Ellen Statz is the Potters Place Gallery FeatureArtistforMay. Born and 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.

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. ... See MoreSee Less

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Friday April 13th, 2018

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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

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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

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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

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Saturday March 24th, 2018

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Tuesday March 6th, 2018

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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
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Saturday February 24th, 2018

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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Sunday January 7th, 2018

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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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