Explore the natural and created beauty of the Central Island.
This is latest evolution of the Central Island Studio Tour – now in its 6th incarnation since May of 2015. Transitioning to a year round cultural tourism attraction, the Arts Guide features the tour as a barrier-free opportunity for visitors.
More than 100 studios of the 150 participating artists and businesses in the 2018 guide are open on May 26 and May 27 (10am-6pm). Many are open year-round, too, and available to visit by appointment just about anytime.
There is no fee to visit the studios, and many will have surprise treats to share on Studio Tour weekend, as well as great in-studio pricing for their work.
Artists will be in attendance at each studio, to share their work and their process with you, answer your questions… and happily sell you their wares! Many studios feature multiple artists, too!
Visit active, professional artisans in their natural environments, find new and beautiful works of art for your home, garden, office or personal adornment, share the beauty of the region by carpooling with friends.
No need to call head on Studio Tour dates. Map out your route and go for it! Carpooling is encouraged! Pack a picnic or stop at any of the great restaurants or food trucks along the way.
We recommend taking time to explore the artists in more detail on our website – CentralIslandTour.com – and save your faves so you can plan your tour route. But by all means, wing it! Many artists accept credit cards, but bring some cash just in case, for those small impulse buys you just can’t resist.
To discover all the artists, get a copy of the Central Island Arts Guide! Pick up a copy of the print guide starting April 1 throughout Vancouver Island, BC Ferries and beyond.
All studios highlighted in green are OPEN FOR THE TOUR – May 26 & 27, 2018 – 10am-6pm each day.
The Central Island Arts Guide is a new year-round reference of creative producers from Parksville to Campbell River. It includes short descriptions and photos, including full contact details, simple maps and an interactive Ondago® mobile map app!
The guide includes both well-known and emerging creators of many genres – from classic realism and abstract acrylics to upcycled metal & glass sculpture. You’ll find master crafters, jewelery-makers, wood sculptors, oil & acrylic land and seascapers, fused and kiln-fired glass makers, furniture craftsmen, potters and ceramicists, photographers & photo-collagers, weavers, abstract & modern painters, pyrographers, traditional and contemporary stained glass designers, even a florist, a lamp maker and a figurine sculptor!
Full details, downloads and more are available at www.centralislandtour.com
Come celebrate with us – We are 25 years old!Food For Thought
This is an exhibition presented by the Potters Place Gallery in celebration of their 25th anniversary, will be held June 1-30. Featured, will be unique dinnerware place settings hand crafted by past and present gallery members.
An opening will be held Friday, June 2, 4:00-7:00 pm in the Gallery at the corner of 5th and Cliffe in downtown Courtenay.
Sweet Surprise Gluten Free Bakery and Sushi Jo will provide sweets and savouries.
Art for sustainable living is about the conscious act of choosing local, sustainable, ethical, earth based, beautiful pottery, for our homes, our daily lives and our souls.
2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the Potters Place Gallery with many events planned to celebrate the occasion.
- During the month of May, the members of the gallery are honoured and excited to be presenting an exhibition of the wonderful ceramic art of Robin Hopper, recent recipient of the Order of Canada, internationally known ceramist, author and art activist. Robin past away in April, 2017. So many tributes have come in and been written about Robin. Here is one that we think really helps to give us a sense of just who Robin was and just how much he added to the world of clay. – read more
Celebrations continue in June with “Food for Thought” an exhibition of dinnerware place settings by past and present members of the Potter Place Gallery.
RED DOT SALE
January 13-21, 2017 at The Potters Place Gallery
Potters and the Creative Process
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 what worked, what didn’t quite meet
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? I think not. I 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 is just not what the potter was aiming for.
At the Red Dot Sale you will find the actualization of these stages of growth. The 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. Sometimes a potter needs to clear out items that simply don’t fit into their new style, or did not work out quite as expected. 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.
What a wonderful successful Yana Chilli Bowls Fundraiser.
You’ll find bowls bowls and more bowls at Market Days in Courtenay at The Potters Place July 16/16. Buy a bowls of chili for 20.00 and keep the bowl. All proceeds go to YANA
RED DOT SALE – LET’S TALK TURKEY!
Every Year in January
After the holidays, January is the perfect time to trim the fat! January 11th – 31st, 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.
For more information,
|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 5th Street Courtyard.
|maeva collins||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.||joe stefiuk|
|jaime willms||cori sandler|
|See more about last years sale here||
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