September 17, 2018 The Potters Place Gallery

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

 

Sue Taylor

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.

Maeva Collins

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.

Cori Sandler

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

Dawn Zilke Hanson

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.

 

2018 OFF THE WALL CUP EXHIBITION

 


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 30, 2017 The Potters Place Gallery


 

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

 

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.