250-334-4613. Corner of 5th and Cliffe, Downtown Courtenay, B.C. ~ parking at rear of building off 6th st. ~

Anne Cubit and Carmen Calleson are featured throughout September 2019

Anne Cubit makes exceptional crystalline pottery. Each of her pieces is like a wild and wonderful science experiment. Each piece has the most amazing crystals that have formed on the surface. It is a very delicate process with quite a lot of attrition. The pots that make it through the firing are even the more special, for having made it through. We are delighted to be able to showcase Anne as our featured artist.

Carmen Calleson of Funky Fungus Creations creates work that is carved and colurful. She illustrates imagery of mushrooms and other fungus. Looking at her work, you can’t help but feel like you are walking through a fairy garden.We are thrilled to have Carmen as our guest artists this month.

Don’t miss out on seeing these 2 very different, and wonderfully talented potters throughout the month of ‘September at The Potters Place Gallery. Be sure to stop by our windows next time you are at 5th and Cliffe in downtown Courtenay. Be sure to cross the road to the “OTHER SIDE”.

Parking is at the rear of the building.

Laurie Davis is featured artist along with guest artists Louise Card and Craig Rogers

Laurie Davis is featured artist along with guest artists Louise Card and Craig Rogers

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.

 

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”. 

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.