250-334-4613. Corner of 5th and Cliffe, Downtown Courtenay, B.C. ~ parking at rear of building off 6th st. ~
Jane Murray Smith February 2020 Featured Potter

Jane Murray Smith February 2020 Featured Potter

Jane Murray Smith

February 2020 Featured Potter

We are so delighted to be able to introduce you to Jane Murray -Smith.  She  has been a familiar voice in the pottery world here on Vancouver Island for many years, being a integral member of the Comox Valley Potters Club for many years. 

This month, we are welcoming Jane to join us in the gallery on a full time basis and are we ever lucky!

Her work is dsquisite, well crafted and unlike other pottery you have seen in our gallery. 

Jane is a lifetime British Columbia resident and a lover of the west coast. She was born in Kamloops B.C. and graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Victoria in 1972.
While employed at various jobs within the helping professions, she explored watercolour and life drawing. As much as she loved watercolour, the call for more texture in the surfaces led eventually to clay. Jane took her first course in clay in 1990, and became intrigued with the potential of clay as her new medium. Further studies included courses offered by fellow potters in guild situations as well as at the Metchosin Summer School of the Arts.
The mentorship and generosity of professional potter friends continued to encourage her growth and in June of 2002, Jane quit her day job in order to pursue pottery full time.
The summer of 2003, she joined with a group of potters in a thriving storefront gallery, which led to many hours spent practicing and refining all aspects of my work.

“I create raku pottery, as well as naked raku, horsehair and feather as well as saggar fired decorative work. My functional pieces are gas fired.

The focus of everything I make begins with the form speaking to me when it is complete. With all of the decorative work, I use several different processes that rely on the kiln gods responding to my ongoing exploration. I particularly love creating lidded jars, incorporating driftwood from the rivers and beaches of the island.”

Be sure to stop by the Potters Place Gallery this month when we will be showcasing a lovely selection of Jane’s work and welcoming her to participate in our gallery as a potter you’ll be able to see the work of in regular rotation thorughout the year. 

Featured Potters

Each month we highlight the artistry of a different potter here at the gallery. The artist / potter may create works of art in stoneware or porcelain. They may create functional pottery such as mugs and teapots and bowls and vases or they may create sculptures, perfect for your home and garden.

We invite you to come by the gallery at least once a month to see the new feature artist.

The gallery is always changing as new artwork is delivered to the gallery ongoingly. Our potters are working away in their studios and then bring their new pieces of art in, so there is a constant visual story that shifts, and grows and changes all the time.

We’d love to see you and your friends or visitors at the gallery any time. Come on by, ask us a questions, inquire about pottery lessons in the Comox Valley.

We’d love to see you

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Address

Corner of 5th and Cliffe Ave.
Downtown Courtenay, BC

180B 5th Street, Courtenay, BC  
V9N 1J4

Call Us

(250) 334-4613

Joe Stefiuk – A Whale of a Time.

Joe Stefiuk – A Whale of a Time.

A Whale of a Time by Joe Stefiuk

Joe has been hard at work in the studio making these awesome whale tails. 
They are representative of our west coast whales.   Orca and humpback whales are often   seen in these waters off the east coast of Vancouver Island.

Joe has captured their beauty perfectly in these sculptures which can be free standing, or hung on a wall.

 

About Our Gallery

The Potters Place Gallery is a one of kind find herein on Vancouver Island. We are the largest all clay/ceramics gallery here on the west coast of Canada.

We don’t mean to be boastful, but we have been called by many, the pottery mecca of British Columbia. We have over 20 potters and ceramists under one roof, with both functional and sculptural pottery to choose from.

We are a not for profit society and as such, we have our hand in the community, participating in fundraising events for local charities, and support for education for future generations of potters.  We are able to do this, through a bursary that we grant to a qualified applicant each year through our
Robin Hopper Bursary.

Featured Potters

 

Each month we highlight the artistry of a different potter here at the gallery. The artist / potter may create works of art in stoneware or porcelain. They may create functional pottery such as mugs and teapots and bowls and vases or they may create sculptures, perfect for your home and garden.

We invite you to come by the gallery at least once a month to see the new feature artist.

The gallery is always changing as new artwork is delivered to the gallery ongoingly. Our potters are working away in their studios and then bring their new pieces of art in, so there is a constant visual story that shifts, and grows and changes all the time.

We’d love to see you and your friends or visitors at the gallery any time. Come on by, ask us a questions, inquire about pottery lessons in the Comox Valley.

We’d love to see you

Are You On The List?
Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Address

Corner of 5th and Cliffe Ave.
Downtown Courtenay, BC

180B 5th Street, Courtenay, BC  
V9N 1J4

Call Us

(250) 334-4613

HOLIDAY CRAFT at the COURTYARD

HOLIDAY CRAFT at the COURTYARD

holiday craft at the courtyard

Holiday Craft at the Courtyard.

our first ever Christmas Craft Fair.

We know how hard it is to plan getting to a craft fair that’s only on one day of the year…

So we decided to hold our Christmas craft fair for a month and a half. It will run until Dec. 31.
We are known as the largest all clay gallery on Vancouver Island with over 25 Amazing potters local to the Comox Valley, but this year we decided to invite a number of our favourite local artists who work in other mediums to join in our amazing art and craft community and display their art for a special Christmas art fair.

Among the works you find at the gallery specifically for this explosion of craft include fused and blown glass, wooden inlaid treasure and wood turned bowls and the most magical of turned ornaments, woven scarves and blankets and tea towels and other gorgeous fiber art, silver jewellery, recycled jewellery from bicycle parts (talk about unique), art cards, paintings, all of which are exquisite and great as a gift all by themselves or as an accompaniment to another gift and of course a huge assortment of handmade pottery, both functional and decorative for every budget in the Comox Valley. There are so many truly wonderful gift options for friends, family and don’t forget yourself this year at our Holiday at the Courtyard Craft Fair! It’s an art show and craft sale that will take you right through to next year.

When you walk into the gallery, you’ll smile at all the amazing possibilities you’ll find for unique gift giving under one roof; ALL LOCAL and ALL HANDMADE.
It’s a great way to support local artists, buy local, and give something this year that is truly individual and special that won’t be duplicated or mass produced in a foreign country.

We are always finding ways to be involved in giving back at The Potters Place Gallery, and this year we also have the sweetest angels and gnomes made by local artists and 100% of those purchases go directly to a community fundraising project. You can’t go wrong this season, when it comes to finding something perfect and special and unique here, during our first ever Holiday at the Courtyard event at The Potters Place Gallery in downtown Courtenay.

This year think SUSTAINABLE ART.

We’re at the corner of 5th and Cliffe with easy parking at the rear of the building off 6th street in downtown Courtenay.

Jack Jackovich featured artists December 2019 – From Painter to Potter

Jack Jackovich featured artists December 2019 – From Painter to Potter

Jack Jackovich

The pottery of Jack Jackovich will be featured in our front window.  His pottery is a representative of the ocean and natural settings found on the west coast of Canada.  The bottoms of his bowls find swimming orca, and shells and other sea life can also be found adorning his work.

His interest in the art world has been a life long affair beginning with a passion for painting. That interest led to art school, then a degree in Art Education at U.B.C. majoring in painting and ceramics.

jack jackovich bowl

1972 brought a teaching appointment at the Banff Centre and an interest in clay.
This led to further studies and a Master’s Degree in three-dimensional art.

Retirement from 30 years of teaching in the school system allows Jack to work full time in his Oyster River Studio.

Retirement from 30 years of teaching in the school system allows Jack to work full time in his Oyster River Studio.
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Holiday Craft at the Courtyard is in full swing until December 31/19.

Be sure to stop by and check our very special Holiday/Christmas Craft Fair. 


Unlike your average craft fair, which lasts only one day, we at The Potters Place Gallery have invited some of the most wonderful non clay artists from the Comox Valley to join us for over an entire month.  We are holding our own month and half long craft fair. Now until the end of December. 
You”ll see woodturned bowls and ornaments, paintings, art cards, blown and fused glass, silver jewellery and jewellery made from recycled bicycle parts.  There are candle makers, and beautiful weavings.  We are so excited to be able to share our gallery with these local artist / makers.  This is the one stop shop for your christmas gifts this year.

 

We are open Monday – Saturday form 10-5 pm
extended hours closer to Christmas 

call for details. 250-334-4613

There is ample parking behind our building
access off 6th street.

Katy Fogg and Patsy O’Connell are Featured Artists through October 2019

We are so excited to have Katy Fogg and Patsy O’Connell showcased throughout October at The Potters Place Gallery. 

Katy Fogg

Katy loves the interplay between science, art, and craft that goes into the creation of her work. Her pieces are lightweight and refined and utilize fluid crystalline glazes or wax resist techniques to bring life to her pots. She has been making pottery for over 23 years and draws her inspiration from her family, community and our beautiful natural environment. She seeks out simple low toxicity ingredients and creates all her glazes in the studio. She strives to create the simple things of life with intention and integrity.  (photo credits Nokomis Rhodes)

Patsy O’Connell

Get ready for some colour. After a lifetime of working with Clay, it occurs to me that my work evolves in a way that allows me to use colour in all the phases of making.  The intoxicating joy of colour, the tactile pleasures of clay, and the creative process (basically making decisions and then making them happen) keep me in the studio – a heady concoction indeed!

This year there have been some diversions from my well-trodden clay path.  A series of pots resulted from my interest in the life and work of J.M.W. Turner, ‘The Master of Light.  His paintings of the sea carried me away.  Lately, I’ve attempted to make pots that appear to have a history with marks and a patina attesting to years of use though they are newly made.  And now I’m using commercial underglazes (ceramic paints), tentatively.  

No matter what one chooses to pursue in clay, it’s endless!

Both of these wonderful potters are local to the COMOX VALLEY and their works will be featured in our Picture Windows at the gallery during October. 

We are open 10-5, Monday – Saturday. There is ample parking at the rear of the building off 6th street.

Bring a friend.  We love to share our enthusiasm about pottery.

Anne Cubit and Carmen Calleson are featured throughout September 2019

Anne Cubit makes exceptional crystalline pottery. Each of her pieces is like a wild and wonderful science experiment. Each piece has the most amazing crystals that have formed on the surface. It is a very delicate process with quite a lot of attrition. The pots that make it through the firing are even the more special, for having made it through. We are delighted to be able to showcase Anne as our featured artist.

Carmen Calleson of Funky Fungus Creations creates work that is carved and colurful. She illustrates imagery of mushrooms and other fungus. Looking at her work, you can’t help but feel like you are walking through a fairy garden.We are thrilled to have Carmen as our guest artists this month.

Don’t miss out on seeing these 2 very different, and wonderfully talented potters throughout the month of ‘September at The Potters Place Gallery. Be sure to stop by our windows next time you are at 5th and Cliffe in downtown Courtenay. Be sure to cross the road to the “OTHER SIDE”.

Parking is at the rear of the building.

Sylvia McGourlick – Featured Artist throughout August 2019

Sylvia McGourlick – Featured Artist throughout August 2019

et local island potter Sylvia McGourlick

Sylvia began her pottery odyssey in Haida Gwaii in the mid-1980s and has been developing her skills and style ever since. While she primarily focuses on functional pottery for everyday use, she enjoys taking breaks to explore other clay forms and styles.

For her August show,  she has both groups on display: functional ware prepared with her classic blue ash and red glazes, as well as a selection of pieces drawing inspiration from her travels to Italy, Japan and Morocco.

 

 

 

In the Mediterranean, you can’t visit archaeological sites or museums without seeing amphorae used by early societies to transport and store products. In Japan Buddhist temples with their Bonsho bells and Shinto shrines with their Torii gates dominate, and if you are a tourist, there is no escaping reproductions of the “the Great Wave off Kanagawa”.

 

 

 

 

 

In Morocco the cooking tagine is everywhere, most often seen as an unglazed red clay cooking pot, but also in an elevated form with the classic blue and white glazes of Fez or multi-coloured Berber patterns.

 

Come and check out Sylvia’s new work at the Potters Place Gallery located at the corner of 5th and Cliffe to 5 P.M. Monday through Saturday. For more information on the Gallery see us on Facebook; go to www.thepottersplace.ca; or call (250) 334-4613.

 

Dawn Hanson  and Cheri Lamb

will be in our featured window until the end of July, so be sure to make your way over to see this excellent display of great pots.

Dawn Hanson and Cheri Lamb – Featured Arists throughout July 2019

Dawn Hanson and Cheri Lamb – Featured Arists throughout July 2019

Dawn Hanson – Making Meals Memorable

Dawn makes beautiful functional, contemporary ceramics.
Her pallet is quiet and calm in shades of muted white, blues, greys and greens.
Making your dining experience exceptional, is at the heart of Dawn pottery practice.
They are truly beautiful pots.

dawn hanson platter and casserole dish
dawn hanson platter and casserole dish
dawn hanson casserole dish
dawn hanson casserole dish
dawn hanson bowls
dawn hanson bowls

dawn hanson air plant pods
Dawn Hanson

Cheri Lamb – Always Experimenting

Cheri has been a staple in the pottery community here on Vancouver Island for over 20 years. He work is always going through some sort of new design and color shift. Her mugs and teapots and platters and bowls can be found throughout the Comox Valley and are in many kitchens and homes. Perhaps even in yours.

cheri lamb pottery
Cheri Lamb
cheri lamb pottery
Cheri Lamb
cheri lamb pottery
Cheri Lamb
cheri lamb pottery
Cheri Lamb

Come visit us throughout July and be sure to bring your guests.

Remember to stop by before the end of June as well. There is always some very interesting feature in our courtyard windows.

Don’t miss Leah Bland’s current display in our featured window until the end of June. We’re so proud of her, a relatively new potter who is making her ‘”mark” in the clay community righ there in the Valley.

Parking is easy, right behind the gallery, off 6th Street.

10-5pm Monday – Saturday
Corner of 5th and Cliffe Ave.,
Courtenay, BC in the Comox Valley

Love is in the air throughout June at The Potters Place Gallery – Guest artist: Leah Bland

Love is in the air throughout June at The Potters Place Gallery – Guest artist: Leah Bland

The month of June is often filled with love, laughter, and wedding bells.

 

ceramic goblets by Leah Bland
Are you looking for the perfect wedding gift? 

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The makers of the Potters Place Gallery have prepared beautiful teapots, baking bowls, and platters, mugs, tea bowls, and goblets, just for such occasions.  There are choices to accommodate all budgets.  A gift of pottery is made with love and care.  Our ceramic works are really a marriage of many things.  An idea, even a dream, comes to fruition with intention, care, and experience. 

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The relationships of the raw clay, several elements, and fiery heat are bonded and unified after time, work and care.  Eventually each has the opportunity to reach full, glorious potential with the support of the other.  Kinda like love between people? So we get it.  And of course, the gift of a beautiful pot can be a wonderful contribution to the excitement of a couple building a new life together.  Handmade pottery makes a most memorable wedding gift of love.

Please join us on Saturday,  June 1st, from 3 until 5
for tea and biscuits.

The Potters Place Gallery is pleased to present
Leah Bland
our guest artist for the month of June.

Be sure to check out our featured window as you stroll by the gallery.

Leah Bland guest artists at the Potters Place in June, 2019

Leah has been busy building towards her new relationship, with clay.  Her pots are fresh, mindful, and created with love.

Below you can see some of Leah’s work.

There will be an opportunity to meet Leah and discuss her journey and process, and perhaps fall in love with a special pot. Please refrain from throwing rice.

blue pottery bowl by leah blandsoda fired cup by leah bland


 

 

2 Great Happenings at The Potters Place ‘Gallery in May.

2 Great Happenings at The Potters Place ‘Gallery in May.

An Ice Cream Giveaway & “Always Exploring” – a group show of 3 Emerging Artists

Join us at the Opening Reception - May 2/19, 4-7pm 
Light Refreshments 
and a celebration of 3 very talented new artists

The Potters Place Gallery - Ice cream giveaway with every bowl

I scream ~  You scream ~  We all scream !

Hey, what IS all the yelling about?  Ice cream, of course.  Free ice cream!  

This May, the Potters’ Place Gallery is celebrating Spring with a tasty and generous offer, along with our neighbour, Blue Spruce Ice Cream and Yogurt.  Come visit and treat yourself to a FREE scoop of delicious and delectable Blue Spruce gourmet ice cream with the purchase of a hand made pottery bowl.  

And yes….there’s even more to celebrate.  The work of our three local, very talented guest artists, Rod Heitzmann, Sarah Kerr, and Sandra Shaffer from NIC (North Island College) will be featured in the “Always Exploring”  ceramics show beginning May 1st.

Opening reception May 2nd from 4 until 7pm. 

Please join us for light refreshments and meet the artists, and explore their work with them. There might even be ice cream! (We will try to keep our voices down).

always exploring poster

Rod Heitzmann

Rod Heitzmann

Rod Heitzmann

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Rod Heitzmann has been creating both sculptural and functional ceramics for almost 15 years. He started with evening programs in Calgary. After moving to the Comox Valley in 2007 he began taking Fine Arts classes at North Island College. He is also an active member of the Comox Valley Potters Club.

Rod enjoys making masks from clay. Each mask tells a story that possesses and expresses a spirit’s emotional character. He frequently draws on his knowledge of ancient cultures to express these spirits but without direct duplication. Because clay is a medium that is highly malleable when soft it allows him to use a variety of techniques in the creation of form and expression. However, when clay hardens and dries it becomes inflexible. In the kiln, these objects are transformed through the forces of heat and chemistry to attain their final forms. During firing, he turns over control to these forces, and allow the primal elements to work their wonders!


Sandra Shaffer

ABOUT THE ARTIST

I discovered throwing in Kingston Ontario in 1971. Since then clay has been a foundational thread throughout my life. At times I’ve been able to teach and work as a potter, at other times pursuing ‘a real job’ to support my family. Now that I’m on my own I have enjoyed focusing on my growth as a potter and been fortunate to explore my love of clay in the communities of Denman Island, Jasper Alberta and St. John’s Newfoundland. I’m happy to be back in the Comox Valley and look forward to working in my own studio.


sarah kerr

Sarah Kerr

ABOUT THE ARTIST

I am a child of a potter, so clay has been around me all my life and my love for it has grown over time.

Over the last few years, I have been experimenting with under-glazes and slips and focusing on carving and sgraffito work on my pieces. I find the time I get to spend on carving is very meditative for me and a place of creativity and calm in my life.

Sandy Shaffer, Rod Heitzmann, Sarah Kerr

Sandy Shaffer, Rod Heitzmann, Sarah Kerr