Laurie Davis is our featured artist
throughout the month of Sept, 2018
along with guest artists
Louise Card and Craig Rogers.
Laurie’s love of clay began over 40 years ago when she first threw on the wheel. In her work she explores our fragility as humans, as well as our need to communicate and understand each other and the Earth in which we live. Every piece she makes is carefully thought out to be enjoyed.
The Gallery will also display the work of wife and husband Louise Card and Craig Rogers, as guest artists.
Louise Card and Craig Rogers
Louise uses very few tools and the simple methods of coil and/or slab building to produce small series of thematically related vessels. She sees drawing as a foundation for her work in both realizing a form and in surface expression. Typically her pieces have many layers of washes and glazes and are fired in an electric kiln to cone five or six.
Spanning 34 years of working in clay, Louise’s pieces are featured in many national and international collections and publications. Her work has been shown in various exhibitions such as the Trois Rivieres Biennale, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit, Salt Spring Invitational, Fired Up ! and the Korean International Ceramic Biennale.
Louise and her husband Craig met 38 years ago in chemistry class while studying ceramics at Georgian College in Barrie Ontario. Together they operated Shany Bay Pottery for a number of years before moving to Vancouver Island. Louise stayed with pottery when Craig moved into the culinary field. This exhibit at the Potters Place in Courtenay is a happy return to Craig and Louise exhibiting together again.
In the 1980’s, Craig Rogers, with his wife Louise Card, ran pottery studios in Shanty Bay, Ontario, and Deep Cove, Vancouver Island. He participated in many shows and events, including Fired Up (core member), and the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.
In 1990, Craig turned to his other passion: culinary arts. Over the next 25 years, he worked as a cook, chef and educator, finishing his career as Chef instructor in the Vancouver Island University’s culinary arts programme. During his cooking years, Craig maintained his interest in clay, albeit, at times, on the slow burner. In the last few years he has returned to pot-making more seriously, with a special interest in the connection between clay and food. His ceramic work is thrown, functional and decorative, using multiple slip and over-glaze brushwork.
Craig and Louise now operate a studio in Fanny bay. Craig’s work can be seen at the at a Potter’s Place in Courtenay and at the Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery in London, Ontario. He recently participated as a guest artist in Fired Up! and was a participant in Matters of Clay III, in London Ontario.
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”.
Ellen Statz was 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 pursing 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 traveled 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.
Ellen’s magical pottery will be in the FEATURED WINDOW of The Potters Place Gallery for the entire month of May, 2018. Come on by and see this wonderful display of local handcrafted ceramics by a very talented local potter.
The Potters Place Gallery in the Comox Valley is featuring the work of John Shauer for the month of March 2018
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.
We all want to welcome Patsy O’Connell as our newest addition to the Potters Place Gallery. We are thrilled to feature her work throughout the month of February, 2018.
You will find her work on our feature wall and adorning our windows. Patsy makes beautiful functional pottery with an emphasis on form and surface decoration. Much or her work is carved and this really highlights her forms beautifully.
We hope you’ll come by and see this (new to us) artist. Welcome the the Gallery Patsy.
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!
As always, partial proceeds from this sale will go to various valley charities.
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.
We invite you to cross the road at Cliffe and head over to the courtyard.
There is also parking at rear
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.