We are so excited to have 2 wonderful artists showcased during the month of July at The Potters Place Gallery.
Alan Burgess – Featured Artist
Alan was born in Manchester, England and began working with clay at the age of 13 at the Manchester High School of Art.
Inspired by the teaching faculty at Camberwell School of Art, Hans Coper, Lucie Rie and Colin Pearson, he set out on a long journey of exploration with clay.
The work he has produced over the last 59 years has been, in the main, an exploration of stoneware and porcelain clays, making functional, non functional and sculptural work.
He enjoys the surfaces and colours produced in wood-fired kilns, especially when using Shino glazes with their rich colour and carbon trapping qualities. Alan also produces work exploring qualities of soda firing with it’s textured surfaces. This work is often richly decorated with his sgraffito drawings based on ancient design.
His work has been exhibited across Canada, the USA and Europe. He is a long time member of ”Fired Up Contemporary Works in Clay “, a group of Ceramic Artists who have been exhibiting together for the past 34 years.
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 new Courtenay Campus.
Judy Weeden – Guest Artist
More than 38 years ago, Judy left an academic career in biology to immerse her hands and head in the making of pots, first in Fairbanks, Alaska and now on Saltspring Island, B.C. She learned the basics, and much beyond, from Al Johnsen at the University of California Santa Cruz, and from Dean Schwarz of Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. Both were steeped in the Bauhaus tradition brought to this hemisphere by Ms. Marguerite Wildenhain. Serendipitously, one of the many workshops important in Judy’s development was given by Ms. Wildenhain.
She states: “Most of my understanding of clay as an artist’s medium has come from the mistakes, failures, hopes and successes the wilful clay throws our way.
My primary goal is to create work that synthesizes beauty and harmony both in a functional and a decorative context. My earlier work centred on wheel-thrown functional forms decorated with the geometric and organic/abstract patterns that I love. Now my pots span a broader range of shapes using a variety of forming methods and serving more decorative and ritual ends. Surface decoration is still a primary creative outlet and it is achieved both by slip-carving and impressing the malleable clay. Occasionally pieces are finished by glazing or by smoking in a saggar. No two pots are ever alike”.