Category: Monthly Feature
We are delighted to be able to feature works by Mary Deveau and Linda Walton during December 2018.
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’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.
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.
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.
2018 - OFF THE WALL An Exhibition of Drinking Vessels from all over British Columbia
2018 - OFF THE WALL
throughout October 2018
An Exhibition of Drinking Vessels
from all over British Columbia
ART FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING is about the conscious act
of choosing local, sustainable, ethical, earth based, beautiful pottery,
for our homes, our daily lives & our souls.
October 1-27, 2018
Opening Reception October 4, 4-7pm
This is very special event, in that a call for entry went province wide, and there will be some absolutely amazing hand made cups and mugs and tea bowls etc. etc. from all across this province.
British Columbia is well known as a hot-bed of ceramic talent. The local pool of ceramic artists right here in the Comox Valley is so wonderfully rich, as you likely know if you have ever visited The Potters Place Gallery.
We celebrate and introduce a different local potter each month as our featured artist, or we have a special event such as this exhibition where we showcase handmade pottery in our featured window.
We wanted to introduce you to the wide variety of artists who work in clay, living in Canada's magical west coast and thought what better way than to have an exhibition and sale of something that each of us use on a daily basis... The drinking vessel; The favourite mug. This biennial event is our 2nd exhibition of OFF THE WALL. The first was a huge success and you, our gallery goers have asked for it's return. We listened.
Come celebrate the beauty in the everyday with handmade pottery drinking vessels hand-crafted by very talented British Columbian Potters through October 2018 at The Potters Place Gallery in Downtown Courtenay, Comox Valley.
If you are able to come to our opening on October 4 from 4-7pm, not only will you enjoy all the cups
on display, but you will also enjoy appetizers and treats and beverages served up in handmade pottery mugs and cups by local potters from The Potters Place Gallery.
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.
The Exhibition is open to all residents of British Columbia 18 years of age or older. We hope this exhibition will encourage potters to exhibit their work and help market the artistic creations of potters to the public in B.C. and across Canada.
Come and see a host of ceramic mugs, tumblers, beer steins, yunomis, wine cups, whiskey sniffers, chawans and tea bowls.
A TEA POT FILLED WITH LOVE at The Potters Place during February 2015
What is really in your Tea Pot?
The latest survey results have just been published and the findings are absolutely, undeniably the most unexpected results from the research team comprised of Canadian, European, Asian, South Asian and American researchers, just to name a few. The survey was an analysis of Teapots in almost every country in the world, and it is very clear, though never documented or disclosed until now… The main ingredient contained in a Teapot is … Are you sitting down?
Okay, maybe the Potters at The Potters Place in Courtenay are telling only a half-truth here. You are right, there was no recent study conducted, nor article or findings published with regards to Teapots, but… nonetheless… We all know that LOVE IS exactly what you find in every handmade Teapot.
During the month of February at the Potters Place, Teapots will be exhibited in our FEATURES window. We are having our annual Teapot Show.
Close your eyes for a moment, imagine your grandmother and you sitting down and sharing a cup of tea together, telling her some important news, or asking her some important question and watching her sip her tea. She takes a quiet breath in, then looks at you with loving, knowing eyes and says… it’ll all be okay my dear. When did you last do that together? Was it last month, or last year, or perhaps it was over 60 years ago. Remember her looking at you with all that love, and just sharing that perfect moment with her and a pot of tea.
Keep your eyes closed for another moment and see yourself with your best friend, or your neighbour, your partner, husband or wife. See yourself taking time from the busyness around you to boil the water, steep the tea, pour it and prepare it just the way you like. Sharing a pot of tea often includes an act of “connection”; of taking a moment for yourself and for each other. How many smiles have you shared over a cup of tea. If you skype or facetime with friends and family far away, do you make a pot of tea first so you can settle in for a ‘long one’?
Now… all that love has to be held in something that functions well too.
There is a lot that goes into the making of a handmade Teapot. It is quite a lengthy process and there are many components that have to work together in order for your teapot to feel good and pour well. Below are just a few:
1. Wedge several pounds of clay together the way you kneed dough. Separate the clay into 3 sections – the body, the lid and the spout. Wedge more clay for the handle… more on that later.
2. Throw on a potters wheel or hand-build the body with an appropriate seat for the lid to rest in or on. This body must not be too thick or weighty, because once filled with hot liquid, it will be even heavier and uncomfortable to handle hot.
3. Make a lid that will not fall off the pot when you tilt/pour your tea. There may be a deeper inset on the lid, or a tab to secure the lid under the seat of the pot to catch the lid from falling off, or there may be point of contact like a knob or touchstone for the user to hold onto to keep the lid in place. Cut a hole in the teapot lid for aiding the ease of pouring.
4. A handle may be attached on the side of the pot opposite the spout or may be attached overhead. The handle may be made from clay, or from bamboo, or other woods. The placement and size of the handle must be very carefully considered. An ill designed handle can make a teapot very uncomfortable to hold and pour. A potter needs to consider the fulcrum – or find the balancing point so that the teapot is comfortable to hold and pour. Wedge the appropriate amount of clay, “pull’ a handle until it is the desired thickness and length – (PULLING is a technical pottery term and it can resemble letting a dog or cats tail pass through your hand in an almost fist position many many times)
5. The attachment of the handle is a whole other piece. If it is an overhead handle, there must be consideration, making certain there is enough space for the lid to fit without touching the handle, enough space to get both a hand in to remove the lid, and free access to fill the teapot with water and enough space for your hand to clean the interior of the teapot. A clay handle may be a coil, a slab, extruded, or “pulled”.
6. There may be a choice by the potter to add a ‘balancing lug’ or mini handle near the spout so that both hands may be used to help balance and pour hot tea.
7. The spout – This can be thrown or hand-built. If thrown on a potter’s wheel, the placement on the teapot must take into consideration the torque or spin that occurred during the throwing process. During the firing process in the kiln, the spout will continue to twist slightly as if it were still going round and round on the potter’s wheel. This will show up after the firing with the end of the spout being in a slightly different position than it was in when it was originally attached to the pot. This can be confusing, and something that a potter needs to take into consideration when attaching a spout to a teapot. The potter needs to make allowances for the continuation of the spin. The spouts opening or end, also must be positioned high enough above the “fill water mark” so that the tea pot doesn’t start pouring, before you do. Several holes or one large hole needs to be cut through the body at the spout connection to allow for an easy flow of water, but also needs to take into consideration tea bags, tea leaves, and the turbulence of the water stream. You want the tea to pour out nicely, not glug glug glug out. You also don’t want the tea bags or tea leaves to stop the flow of water out. The inside of the spout must be crafted in such a way as to encourage free flow.
8. The attachment of the spout to the body may be obvious with something that may look like a seam where the spout and the body meet, or it may be blended together making it look like one piece.
9. The lid and the seat of the body where the lid sits need to be waxed in order to repel any glaze or the two parts will fuse together during the firing.
This is only a brief summary of what goes into making a handmade teapot.
As always, we thank you, our community for your ongoing support. We at the Potters Place are committed to bring you and your visitors, beautiful handmade local pottery at affordable prices.
If you heard Stuart McLean of the Vinyl Café recently here at the Sid Williams theatre, you know that he absolutely loves The Potters Place and knows what an amazing treasure we have right here in the Comox Valley!
Come see “A Tea Pot Filled With Love”. A beautiful assortment of teapots made by local potters right here in the Comox Valley, as our FEATURE throughout February 2015
The Potters Place is located at the Potters Courtyard, in the cultural heart of Downtown Courtenay. 10 – 5 pm Monday-Saturday.
Parking located at rear of the building along the fence.