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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.

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”. 

John Shauer is Featured Artist for March 2018

John Shauer is Featured Artist for March 2018

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.

Patsy O’Connell Featured Artist – February 2018

Patsy O’Connell Featured Artist – February 2018

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

Sylvia McGourlick & Elizabeth Raynor – Featured Artists November 2017

Sylvia McGourlick & Elizabeth Raynor – Featured Artists November 2017

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.

Sue Emerson – Featured Artist for September 2017

Sue Emerson – Featured Artist for September 2017

We are delighted to have Sue Emerson as our featured artist throughout September. 

Her pottery is every changing and though known for wall sculptures and installations using steel and clay, she also creates beautiful handmade pottery and functional work with hand-building methods and an array of textures.

Her current body of work has taken on a new direction.  Well new it is actually a method that Sue has re-purposed for clay from a previous time in her life.  She says it best:

As potter may things influence our work and the influences can be from various times in our lives. Having said that my new work is having a strong influence from my days as a silk screen artist. The difference is that now I am screening slip on clay and years ago it was ink on paper or fabric. Regardless of how the images are finding their way on the clay the themes are almost always inspired by the same things – natures textures, flora and fauna of every description, select iconic images and earthy colours and feels. This is just the beginning of a collection of ideas I have had in mind for some time and your guess is as good as mine where it will go. I hope it speaks to you!”

Come see her work and more throughout September on display in our Featured Window at The Potters Place Gallery located at the corner of 5th and Cliffe in downtown Courtenay, BC – Comox Valley

10am-5pm Monday-Saturday

 

Muddy Duck Pottery Featured Artist and Fireworx Glass Guest Artists Throughout August 2017

Muddy Duck Pottery Featured Artist and Fireworx Glass Guest Artists Throughout August 2017

Together again – Muddy Duck Pottery and Fireworx Glass. You may have seen this dynamic duo sharing a booth at markets throughout the Valley. They will once again share space. This time it will be the front windows at The Potters Place Gallery for the month of August as featured and guest artists. Come see Dawn Hansons’s functional pottery, inspired by nature and Sabine Arends’ bright and cheerful fused glass.

Together Again
The Potters Place Gallery is proud to present Muddy Duck Pottery and Fireworx Glass.  They will be our featured and guest artists and will share our front window space for the month of August.  
You may have seen Dawn Hanson and Sabine Arends teamed up at various markets around the Valley.  They enjoy working together and take pleasure in each other’s art.

Dawn enjoys cooking and eating and finds no greater pleasure than to make functional pottery that will play a part in people coming together over a meal.  Lately she is having fun making large serving platters that can go from oven to table to dishwasher.  
Dawn is inspired by all the beauty that the Comox Valley has to offer and you can see this inspiration in her warm, earthy green glaze; “forest floor” and her fresh, cool white and green glaze combination that she calls “glacial waters”.

A mainly self taught artist, Sabine achieved her skills by experimenting, taking workshops and working with other artists and students.  Sabine enjoys working with dichroic glass because of its magical effects and colour impact.  You will find this extraordinary glass in her wall art, garden art, plates and jewellery.  
Her small farm with many birds inspires much of her work.  You can’t look at her funky, colourful glass birds without breaking into a smile.  Sabine also keeps busy with the many classes and workshops she offers.
 
 

 

July 2017 Featured Artists – Anne Marie Veale & Jason Marlow

July 2017 Featured Artists – Anne Marie Veale & Jason Marlow

EARTH AND WOOD
Anne Marie Veal and Jason Marlow Featured Artists July 2017

The Potters Place Gallery, in downtown Courtenay, is delighted to present Anne Marie Veale as our Feature Artist for the month of July together with her husband, Jason Marlow, an internationally recognized woodturner. This husband and wife team share a studio gallery at their home in Qualicum Bay.

Anne Marie’s work features her designs developed over a 30 year career as a studio potter. Platters, plates, teapots and jugs alike are comfortably weighted, solidly built for daily use and can go from oven to table with ease. What sets them apart from other functional pottery, is her colourful and whimsical decoration. Whether it be cats curled on a windowsill, pansies in a garden or a lovely country landscape, there is no doubt that Anne Marie Veale is an artist whose work will touch you.

Jason is one of Canada’s most distinguished studio woodturners, recognized internationally for his innovative and original pieces. He uses sustainable indigenous woods of British Columbia. He produces wall pieces to architectural scale as well as a wide range of smaller objects inspired by Vancouver Islands forests, rivers, mountains and wildlife.