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OFF THE WALL 2018 – AN EXHIBITION OF DRINKING VESSELS

OFF THE WALL 2018 – AN EXHIBITION OF DRINKING VESSELS

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

 


Alan Burgess Featured Artist along with Judy Weeden Guest Artist for July 2018

Alan Burgess Featured Artist along with Judy Weeden Guest Artist for July 2018

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”. 

Ellen Statz – Featured Artist for May 2018

Ellen Statz – Featured Artist for May 2018

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!

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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.

LOCAL POTTER WINS BIG! Sooke and Ladysmith both praise Potters Place Gallery Potter, ELLEN STATZ

LOCAL POTTER WINS BIG! Sooke and Ladysmith both praise Potters Place Gallery Potter, ELLEN STATZ

Local Potter Wins Again

“Best in Show” and “Design Committee’s Choice” were 2 prestigious awards recently presented to local artist, Ellen Statz.
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Best in Show was the top prize awarded at the Ladysmith Fine Arts Show this month, a multimedia juried art show.  The piece that won in Ladysmith stands about 31 inches tall, by 13”.

The Design Committee’s Choice award was a thrilling win at the Sooke Fine Art Show last July. This winner was a touching piece titled “Me & You” in memory of Ellen’s late husband.
This beautiful work is on display at the Campbell River Community Centre.

Both of Ellen’s winning entries were from her Rain Forest Series (recently featured at Impressions) using an innovative “Naked Raku” technique.

This month at the Potters Place Gallery you will also see an assortment of beautiful  pieces worthy of any international ceramics gallery…. But we have them right here.
Ellen Statz is among the potters that show regularly at The Potters Place.  You can see examples of her work throughout the year, Monday-Friday 10-5pm.

We are located at the corner of 5th St. and Cliffe Ave. in the 5th Street Courtyard.  Ample parking available at the rear of the building.

Feature Artist Joe Stefiuk – December 2016

Feature Artist Joe Stefiuk – December 2016

Feature Artist Joe Stefiuk – December 2016. Joe Stefiuk has created a new batch of work, functional and sculptural with new themes for this month’s Feature Window.

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He has introduced some new glazes and has used old ones in a different way.
This holiday, we encourage everyone, to think local – supporting local economies, local artists, and handmade/handcrafted works for your gift giving.
Come into the Potterss Place Gallery for Mugs and bowls with a west coast theme, and the most wonderful soda fired animal and bird masks.
You will find Joe’s ‘One of a kind’ tea bowls, Japanese beer mugs, owls, bears (like the one in this image), wolves and of course whales tails.
Now… Don’t fret, included in Joe’s holiday work, will be some old crows, fish, and cows. He has even made the perfect stocking stuffers… shooters (lots of them).

The Potters Place is located in the 5th Street Courtyard, 5th and Cliffe, Downtown Courtenay. 10 – 5 pm Monday-Saturday.

Parking located at rear of along the fence.
www.thepottersplace.ca

 

 

March At The Potters Place

March At The Potters Place

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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