The Potters Place in the beautiful Comox Valley is a beautiful newly renovated ceramics gallery and shop run by a collective of local potters. Here you will find some of the most beautiful pottery in British Columbia.
The Potters Place has been in operation for 25 years and is a non profit society. The gallery and it’s members help to support education in the ceramics, support various community charities and promote both community and the arts via supporting students at North Island College in the ceramics department and offering a platform for new and emerging artists to showcase their work . The Potters Place shows the largest selection of clay works on Vancouver Island and one of the largest ceramic galleries in B.C. and Canada.
We love to highlight the best of the best.
Each month we feature a remarkable local potter and their work or a theme of pots made by the Potters of the gallery. Some months we also highlight the work of a guest artist, wither local to the island, or a visiting artist.
We have such a wonderfully talented pottery community right here in the Comox Valley. We hope you bring your friends and guests as we can boast the largest all Clay Gallery on Vancouver Island. We are the Pottery Mecca of Vancouver Island and definitely a place to visit, whether you live nearby or are visiting from afar. We love introducing you to our artists work in our FEATURED ARTIST‘s window
As you walk up to the gallery windows at the 5th street Courtyard you will see our 2 large picture windows.
In the evening as you are walking by, you can’t help but notice our windows lit up with the pottery quietly glistening and shining in the light. People like to walk across the street to our windows and see what’s new in the shop.
During the day, however, is when you can come in and really get a close look at some of the most wonderful pottery in Western Canada.
VARIOUS FIRING METHODS
Functional pieces, wheel thrown and hand built, include dinnerware, teapots, casseroles, vases, drinking vessels, and more. Sculptural pieces, altered and carved forms, wall hangings and masks are also found in the store. Stoneware, porcelain and earthenware clays are used in a spectrum of colour fired from low to high temperatures in electric, gas, and wood kilns. Among the specialty firing techniques we have:
Salt and Soda: Salt or soda is introduced into the kiln at the top temperatures and interacts with the clay and colourants to produce a distinctive glaze, often characterized by an “orange peel” texture.
Pit Firing: These pots have no glaze. The surface shine is due to the time spent burnishing the pot and the colour comes from the fire and the combustibles used such as shavings, sawdust, seaweed, dog food and oxides.
Raku: These pots are removed red hot from the kiln and placed in combustible material. They burn in a controlled smoke that creates beautiful coppers, iridescent, black and crackle glaze effects.
Wood Firing: These pots are fired in a kiln heated by wood to a high temperature. The fly ash from the wood lick the pots to add luscious deposits forming warm exceptional glazes.
Crystalline: High fired, cooled slightly in the kiln to a crystal growing temperature and held while crystals form in the glazes to produce unusual and exotic patterns on the pots.
Gas Firing: Like the name suggests, this method of firing uses natural gas or propane. It is usually reserved for high fired stoneware and porcelain and potters can achieve wonderful atmospheric effects to their glazes.
Electric Firing: Think of a very very very hot oven. Now think again. An electric kiln can be placed inside a home and is a very common method of firing pottery. Although one can fire to hight temperatures like a gas or soda or salt kiln, this method is commonly the choice for potters who work in mid-fired range porcelains and stonewares, and lower fired earthenware clay bodies. Bright colours can be achieved using this method, especially with the lower temperatures.