October 7, 2015 The Potters Place Gallery

Katy Fogg was our Featured Artist in October, 2015.  From Earth To Table.Katy Fogg is our featured artist at The Potters Place in Downtown Courtenay throughout October 2015.

Katy has created a beautiful bounty of pottery for our Featured Artist’s Window. This body of work is rich in earthly tones.

Katy Fogg has been creating pottery that is artistically unique and aesthetically striking for over 17 years. Dedicated to integrity and detail, she carefully crafts each piece by hand. Her business is based on principles of sustainability, community, and environmental sensitivity. Creating functional, durable art from raw clay and minerals, Katy aims to infuse some of the simple things of life with care and intention. She prepares her own glazes, ensuring that they are long-lasting and non-toxic. The intricate glaze patterns, inspired by mandala designs, are created using a batik-like process. Mimicking natural earth processes, she also grows willemite and iron crystals within the surface of her glazes. These intricate flower-like forms and subtle shimmers of light offer their own beauty, adding depth and complexity to the glaze surface. Lightweight and refined, Living Earth feels magical to the touch and adds a simple beauty to everyday rituals.

“I love seeing my pots in action and I get to do this everyday at our Coffee Bar Red Tree Coffee in Tin Town. Both myself and my partner are very focused on creating the simple things of life locally (with intention and integrity), that includes my pottery and my partner Simon’s Coffee. We serve up artisan coffee from locally roasted, responsibly sourced coffee beans at his coffee bar ‘Red Tree” in Tin Town and… We serve it in my handmade pottery – talk about a perfect fit.
It’s really worth a trip into the gallery to see Katy’s delicate and graceful work.

We also have a display of some of the tools and processes employed in making the pottery you see in the shop.

Katy will be featured throughout the month of October at The Potters Place at the corner of 5th and Cliffe at the 5th Street Courtyard, in the cultural heart of Downtown Courtenay. 10 – 5 pm Monday-Saturday. Parking at the rear along the fence.

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August 2, 2015 The Potters Place Gallery

AUGUST 2015 FEATURED ARTIST ELIZABETH RAYNOR; FORM AND FUNCTION

FORM AND FUNCTION

Featured Artist Elizabeth Raynor is at The Potters Place during the month of August. Elizabeth is a founding member of The Potters Place and has made very useable functional pottery for over 25 years which can be found in many homes in the Comox Valley and beyond.

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. 

Raynor taught school in Saskatchewan and Alberta and it was during her time in Edmonton that she became interested in clay and j oined the local Potters Guild. It was also there, that she 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. Since moving to the Comox Valley, she has been very involved in the Potters Club and has attended N.I.C. pottery classes and manay workshops. The process of learning never stops.

Elizabeth will have many of her new designs on displayed in our FEATURED ARTIST’S WINDOW during this wonderful month of artistic expression. You don’t have to only see art at the wonderful festivals in the valley, you can come any day Monday through Saturday from 10-5pm and see some of the valley’s best potters and ceramic artists under one roof.

Her new work will be displayed in our FEATURED ARTIST’S WINDOW during this wonderful month of artistic expression. You don’t have to only see art at the wonderful festivals in the valley, you can come any day Monday through Saturday from 10-5pm and see some of the valley’s best potters and ceramic artists under one roof.


Open Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Potters Place is at 180B Fifth St. on the corner of Fifth and Cliffe in the 5th Street Courtyard, in downtown Courtenay.
Parking is available at the Rear of the building along the fence. For more information, call 250-334-4613, go to www.thepottersplace.ca


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June 28, 2015 The Potters Place Gallery

NO ONE WAS NAKED IN THE MAKING OF THIS POTTERY… EXCEPT FOR THE PIGGY!

Featured artist at The Potters Place throughout July is Laurie Davis, along with guest artist and Comox Valley Potters Club president-elect Dawn Hanson.

Get ready for our annual CHILLI bowls in front of The Potters Place for Y.A.N.A during Market Days in Courtenay on July 18th.  Come and support Y.A.N.A. , set donation will get you a beautiful bowl filled with chili and you keep the bowl… and see some wonderful new work by 2 of our valleys very gifted artist/potters.

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    FEATURED ARTIST LAURIE DAVIS

It wasn’t until Laurie Davis saw a potter sitting at a potter’s wheel throwing mounds of clay while she was in Germany in her thirties, she realized what she was missing.  “To find a passion in life, which is unexpected, is a true gift to the spirit” says Davis.

 

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On moving to Comox in 1970 she found a community that was open and accepting of everyone who had an interest in clay.  She attended ceramic courses, joined the local ‘Potters Club’ and began the long process of learning to work with clay. The support received from these talented potters and both the number and assortment of workshops that she and others in the local clay community attended, satisfied her need for sharing, creating and learning.   “The feeling of throwing with clay, centers and calms me with a deep sense of completeness.”

At the age of 69, Davis entered the Fine Arts and Design course at N.I.C. and graduated. North Island College has produced a wonderful foundation for the wealth of potters who make this valley home and Laurie Davis is certainly part of that bedrock. She found it a joy to mix with other artists and teachers in the many fields of art. Having traveled to Greece, China, Germany, Peru, Italy, France, Turkey and the southern States, it was exciting to study all the different types of pottery and art from the last 6000 years.

Laurie’s creates both functional and decorative pottery. For instance, Naked Raku.  Now, don’t get your knickers in a knot.  No human was naked in the making of these pots!  Naked Raku gets its racy name because during the process of firing, the outer shell of slip that

was applied falls off and the surface of the pot returns to the original clay exterior, revealing a unique one time only design on the vessel.  The pot is then “naked,” without a covering of glaze.

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If it is purely functional ware you are looking for, well of course she will have her lovely teapots and mugs and bowls etc. available as well.

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GUEST ARTIST DAWN HANSON

We are thrilled to have the Comox Valley Potters Club’s President Elect, Dawn Hanson join the Potters Place Gallery as a guest artist for July.  Dawn is a studio-trained potter.  She was born and raised on the west coast of British Columbia.   Dawn grew up surrounded by many beautiful pieces, as her mother is a lover and collector of pottery.

She took her first pottery class when she was eight and was enthralled by the silky feel of the clay sliding through her fingers.  In her late twenties Dawn decided it was time to try playing with clay again.  She has done so, on and off ever since.  While living in Moose Jaw, Dawn became very involved in the Moose Jaw Potters Club, taking and teaching several classes.

Since moving (back) to the Comox Valley, in 2010, Dawn has focused her energy on her pottery.  She joined the Comox Valley Potters Club and has taken several classes and workshops at North Island College.  You can now find Dawn on numerous weekends throughout the year selling her wares at markets and fairs.  She also enjoys sharing her love of clay with children and adults throughout the valley and finds a beginner’s joy of the tactile experience of clay nothing short of inspiring.

If you happen to know a potter personally, then you must also know that there is an unwritten law, which states all potters enjoy cooking and eating.  This is true for Hanson and she also loves to make functional pottery that people will use and enjoy in their kitchen every day like bowls, plates, mugs, casseroles etc.  Come and see her large serving platters that can go from oven to table to dishwasher.  Her beer steins/ice tea mugs are a must in any household.  When whimsy strikes, she makes piggy banks.  Not so practical in the kitchen, but still a practical vessel that someone will use regularly.

Dawn constantly experiments with combinations of glazes using an electric kiln. I fire most of my functional ware in an electric kiln, always seeking and finding combinations that compliment her many forms.

“I am so grateful that the Comox Valley is home to such natural beauty and so many amazing potters – both of which inspire me daily.”

Come see Laurie Davis and Dawn Hanson, as our FEATURED AND GUEST ARTIST during the month of July 2015
The Potters Place is located at the 5th Street Courtyard, at the corner of 5th and Cliffe in the cultural heart of Downtown Courtenay.  10 – 5 pm Monday-Saturday.
Parking is located at rear of the building along the fence.
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June 12, 2015 The Potters Place Gallery

Bountiful Beauty at the Potters Place during Elevate the Arts and throughout the month of June.

Wonderous Wood Fired Pottery from Local Potter Jaime Willms and Fabulous Fiber Art from Local Weaver and Fiber Artist Pat Simpsonjaime-portrait-web

It’s hard to find a place more ARTFUL and more LOCAL than the POTTERS PLACE at the 5th Street Courtyard in Couirtenay. A perfect place to visit anytime, including during Elevate the Arts.

This month we are doing something a little different for us, and we have invited guest artist Pat Simpson, who makes beautiful art for the table such as woven tea towels and runners (and more) and thought what a perfect fit as so much of the wonderful pottery you will find at the Potters Place is fully functional and perfect for any table.

Jaime Willms is our featured potter for June and her recent kiln load was sensational. She put it best…

“ The crackle of the fire is getting quieter. The kiln is telling us that it’s time to stoke again. We stoke, and a six foot flame shoots straight up into the air, lighting up the dark night. The kiln crackles it’s thunderous, happy song, as the flames lick their way through a maze of pots, and out the chimney.”

jaime throwing large vase 2015 webWood firing is a process that goes back to the fifth century from Asia. When Jaime travelled through China, she saw old, abandoned, wood fired kilns that had been used in years past to fire such simple things as bricks and roof tiles. The old potters would fire their pots inside protective vessels called saggars, jaime-wf-vase-dany-2015-webso that the wood ash would not disturb the glaze surface. However, modern day wood fired potters such as Willms, happily encourage as much of the
fly ash” and fire marks to decorate their pots as possible. Kiln kisses, patterns from supports keeping the pottery from sitting and sticking directly to the kiln shelves knows as wadding, wood ash deposits, directional flame marks and warm colours such as ochres, rusts, and toasty cinnamons are achieved in part by ‘reducing’ the oxygen in the kiln at specific temperatures and for specific durations. These colours and effects are all coveted by modern day wood firers. The kiln is stoked round the clock for over 4 days with approximately 4 -5 cords of wood and ​the ​temperature​ reached is​ around 2500 degrees F​.

Jaime’s display at The Potter’s Place throughout June, will feature pottery fired in an anagama wood fire kiln. This is a traditional 5th century ​​Asian designed kiln. The vases and vessels in our FEATURE window are highly decorated, some by Jaime, and some in collaboration with artist husband, Dany Fortin.
Not to worry, we’ll be sure to also have available, Willms’ functional work, ranging from plates, teapots, mugs and bowls. If you don’t have a Jaime Willms pot yet, you will want to start your collection with a piece this month!

jaime-wf-vase-leaves-brushed-webCome see sculptors and a variety of other artists in the 5th Street Courtyard during Elevate the Arts from June 3 – 6,2015

May 2, 2015 The Potters Place Gallery

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FLORA & FAUNA

Introducing a new pottery line by Ramona Gregory.

As a potter and painter Ramona has long admired forms in nature, which has translated into her work in various ways. Her most recent pottery line, Flora & Fauna, uses scientific illustrations to delve into the world of biology and anatomy, with images of everything from sea creatures, to insects, to a biological heart. Flora & Fauna began years ago when Ramona stumbled upon the beautiful illustrations of Ernst Haeckel and knew she had to incorporate them into her work. Ernst Haeckel (16 February 1834 – 9 August 1919) was a German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor, and artist who discovered, described and named thousands of new species, mapped a genealogical tree relating all life forms, and coined many terms in biology.

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After some experimenting, Ramona devised a way to add the images to her wheel-thrown stoneware pieces using a printer and decal transfer process. Each piece is thrown using a white stoneware clay, fired and glazed to cone 6. Vessel interiors are a variegated blue like the depths and layers of the sea, which contrast beautifully with the pale white and sea-foam green exteriors.

 

Ramona’s functional work calls on us to contemplate the intersection of science and art while we sip coffee from an octopus mug. Her pieces inspire the user to marvel at the beauty, mystery, symmetry and strangeness of the natural world.

Come see Ramona Gregory’s “FLORA AND FAUNA”. A beautiful show of nature inspired hand-crafted pottery, as our FEATURE throughout May 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.

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February 27, 2015 The Potters Place Gallery

This month at the Potters Place is… wellif you must know, it is a bit of a surprise.

Every month as you may well know by now, we have a special feature.  Either one of our local artist puts on a special display of pottery in the front window, or we have a guest artist from some wonderful out of town potter.  Well this month we are inviting you to come by and see some new work by many of our resident potters.

There are new designs and pottery bursting out of our kilns, inspired by spring.  Here in the Comox Valley, the daffodils are standing tall and the trees are even starting to show signs of leaves beginning.

We are all in our studios making wonderful new works and we’d just love you to come by, bring a friend and enjoy what we are up to.

See you in March – And come back and visit here for updates about next months feature artist Anne Marie Veale.

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February 13, 2015 The Potters Place Gallery

 ​A TEA POT FILLED WITH LOVE at The Potters Place during February 2015
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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?

LOVE.
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.beardsley2_small

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.Sheffelbuhl_teapot

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.

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This is the right page…. No, you didn’t hit the wrong button!!! Featured Artists and News and Events are right here.

 

At the Potters Place gallery and shop in downtown Courtenay, B.C., Canada we have a very unique and special thing we like to do…. We like to share some of our wonderful potters with our community.  Each month a different artists has solo show at the front of the gallery in our large windows.  It is a great way for each artist to make a bit of a statement about anything they make like to create and it is a great way for you to see new and exciting works from some of the best potters on Vancouver Island!!!  Right here in the Comox Valley – The Potter Mecca of Vancouver Island!

RED DOT SALE  –   LET’S TALK TURKEY!

Now Until The End of January

Not Exactly ONE Featured Artist, but a whole bunch of ‘em!

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After the holidays, January is the perfect time to trim the fat! January 5th – 30th the Potters Place holds their annual HUGE January sale with prices that’ll make your jaw drop. This is our way of saying thank you to this wonderful valley, which continues to be so supportive of local artists like those potters of the Potters Place. We love that you have made us your GO-TO gallery and shop when you have gifts to give or when you have visitors visiting from away and want to show them the wonderful local art available in the valley.Local potters trim their studio shelves of all sorts of pots ready for the new season of making ahead.
The Comox Valley is the pottery mecca of British Columbia and in appreciation of your support, we wish to invite you to this very special sale. Many potters will bring new works into the shop and place sale prices between 10-75 percent off.  All these pots are perfect, no seconds.  A beautiful selection of pottery will be dramatically reduced during January with partial proceeds going to some of our favourite charities in the valley.  We continue to support our local food bank, Y.A.N.A., Potters helping Potters and others.This once a year special event at the Potters Place is when potters clear out older stock or items that are made of a glaze that they may no longer be using. Sometimes a potter just wants to clear shelves of inventory to make room for the next set of pottery to be made. These are all wonderful pieces from t-pots to mugs, to butter dishes, to vases to platters and everything in between. When you come in, feel free to bring with a non-perishable food item so that we can help our local food bank to continue to help put food on the table – even after the turkey dinner holidays.The Potter’s Place is at 180B Fifth St. on the corner of Fifth and Cliffe in the cultural heart of downtown Courtenay in the Potters Courtyard.
It’s open Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is available at the Rear of the building along the fence.
For more information, call 250-334-4613
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