Category: Featured Artist

December 6, 2018 The Potters Place Gallery

We are delighted to be able to feature works by Mary Deveau and Linda Walton during December 2018.

mary deveau featured artist december 2018 at the potters place gallery

Mary’s work is inspired by her love of the ocean and getting up close and personal with seals and sealions in the Salish Sea.  Each sculpture is prescious and unique and so very life-like.

Linda Walton featured artist december 2018 at the potters place gallery

Linda’s wonderful underglaze and slip decoration helps to treat each piece as a canvas for her paintings.  She draws inspiration from animlas and nature and creates a wide variety of shapes and vessels that will look wonderful on any dinner table, coffee table or mantle.

October 25, 2018 The Potters Place Gallery

Joe Stefiuk

Joe has been playing with clay for over 60 years. Following his retirement, after 32 years as an art teacher right here in the Comox Valley, he was able to concentrate on this art form with a focus on pieces fired in gas and soda kilns.

Joe Stefiuk returns with a new batch of work, functional and sculptural with new themes. Indigenous animals and plant forms. Some new glazes and old ones used in a different way. Mugs and bowls with a west coast theme, soda fired animal and birds and unique masks using human and animal forms.  He has also developed his own versions of Vancouver Island wildlife including bear, cougar, owls, whales and wolves.

You’ll find “One of a Kind” tea bowls, Japanese beer mugs, owls, bears, wolves and of course whales tails. Some old crows, fish, and cows. He has even made the perfect stocking stuffers… shooters (lots of them).  Come on by and you’ll see Joe’s work in the Gallery Windows and be sure to come on inside to see just how amazing these works of art actually are up close and personal.

Cori Sandler
Studio Potter / Cori’s Clay Class Pottery Teacher

Cori moved to the Valley from Toronto eight years ago. She is a functional potter which means she loves to make pots that can be used for every day food preparation and serving. While she enjoys making all kinds of pottery, she most adores mugs as they are the most personal pieces a person will ever own.

Her work is both meditative and highly decorative. She spends a lot of time considering and working on glazing her pieces in order to achieve unique and special pots. Her use of white clay and multiple layers of glaze produce truly unique colour combinations.   read more about Cori

 

 

The Potters Place Gallery is located at the corner of 5th Street and Cliffe Avenue in downtown Courtenay. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information on the Gallery see us on Facebook,  or call (250) 334-4613.

September 6, 2018 The Potters Place Gallery

Laurie Davis is our featured artist
throughout the month of Sept, 2018
along with  guest artists
Louise Card and Craig Rogers.

Laurie Davis

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.

  louise card white bowl

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.

 

July 25, 2018 The Potters Place Gallery

The Potters Place Gallery is thrilled to be able to highlight two of our amazing potters throughout the month of August.  Come on in and check out our featured windows to see beautiful examples of both wood firing by Maeva Collins and Soda firing by Sue Taylor.  We are truly lucky to have such stunning representations of both kinds of firing, right here in our valley… and at The Potters Place Gallery throughout the year, but we thought you should really get to know these two artists, up close and personal, so we are featuring them both throughout August.  Come in and enjoy this feast for your eyes and your soul.

 

MAEVA COLLINS
The creative process has always been an important part of my life. In the past, I have danced, taught classical ballet and contemporary dance, painted, ridden in dressage competitions, coached dressage and have been an Equine Canada dressage judge.
Although quite different, they all require an eye for good form and an appreciation for beauty and movement. Clay for me has been a truly free form of creativity.  It’s mesmerizing to watch a ball of clay transform into a beautiful vessel. Throwing on the wheel is my favourite part of the process and the amazing sensation is still with me every time. During the first few years of creating with clay, I enjoyed making tableware but now I love to create large pieces that are somewhat sculptural.
Throughout my experience with clay, I have never felt the need to save a pot but instead have felt that the next one will be better. Because of that, I have been able to push the envelope; take one more pull, trim closer and not worry about the chance of losing it and with that comes better understanding and better skill.  Inspiration comes from my surroundings. I live in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island surrounded by the ocean, rivers, mountains and rain forest. I have always felt a deep connection to the ocean and find the ocean a spiritual, emotional and physical inspiration. Living on a small acreage allows me the freedom to pit fire and wood fire my creations. In both cases I rely on the firing process to produce dramatic patterns that draw the viewer in; nature never leaves the same mark twice.  Both pit firing and wood firing give me the opportunity to have an intimate  experience in the process from the beginning to the end. Following a firing, I have
found, in spite of the careful planning and preparation, there are always more  questions than answers.
In our predictable world, primitive methods of firing result in a creative spontaneity.  Potters make the pots and the flames that dance throughout the pit or kiln, create  texture, patterns and visual magic. I derive great joy in creating my vessels and my hope is that others will find as much pleasure in viewing and touching these pieces as I have in the making of them.

SUE TAYLOR

Sue is a long time valley resident and a co-founding member of the Potter’s Place Collective. She lives and pots on her rural property in Merville. Sue and her husband have built a sprung arch gas fired salt kiln which she uses to achieve the traditional “orange peel” effect on her porcelain work. Sue creates both functional and one of a kind carved pieces.

Her work reflects her many years of making pots in Canada and her degree work at the University of Western England with work displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

June 27, 2018 The Potters Place Gallery

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”. 

May 1, 2018 The Potters Place Gallery

Ellen Statz was Born and raised in Campbell River, Ellen is a true Island girl.

Ellen Statz with pottery and kiln

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!

Ellen Statz  Pottery Egg Wall Sculpture 2 Ellen Statz - Pottery Egg Wall scultpure 1

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 Statz pottery eggs raku and smoke firedEllen’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.

March 6, 2018 The Potters Place Gallery

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.

February 6, 2018 The Potters Place Gallery

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.

carved bowl by Patsy O'Connell

December 3, 2017 The Potters Place Gallery

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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November 2, 2017 The Potters Place Gallery

The Potters Place Gallery Feature Artists for November 2017

The Potters Place Gallery feature artists for November are Sylvia McGourlick and Elizabeth Raynor.

Sylvia was introduced to pottery while living in Haida Gwaii in the mid- 1980’s. Today, she focuses on producing functional pottery for daily use. She believes that there is something special about hand-made pottery. Maybe it’s the familiar feel of a well-used piece, or the unique way that the clay’s body and glaze combine to catch the light, that rewards the user and their senses.    

Her glazes are earthy with reds, browns, white and silver that flow into one another creating a new palette where they overlap. While most of her work is done on the wheel, Sylvia likes to experiment with hand building and new glaze combinations to keep the craft new and fresh.

Elizabeth is a founding member of The Potters Place and has made functional pottery for over 25 years. While working in Edmonton she became interested in clay and was fortunate enough to be taught and mentored by Naboro Kubo a fourth generation potter from Japan. The influence of his ideas are still present in her work.

Simplicity of form, softness of colour and a peaceful calm are the inspirations for Elizabeth forms and approach to glazing and decoration of her pottery. 

Come in and check out Sylvia’s and Elizabeth’s work at the Potters Place Gallery just in time for the Christmas season.

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.ca or call 250-334-4613.