We are so excited to have Katy Fogg and Patsy showcased throughout October at The Potters Place Gallery.
Katy loves the interplay between science, art, and craft that goes into the creation of her work. Her pieces are lightweight and refined and utilize fluid crystalline glazes or wax resist techniques to bring life to her pots. She has been making pottery for over 23 years and draws her inspiration from her family, community and our beautiful natural environment. She seeks out simple low toxicity ingredients and creates all her glazes in the studio. She strives to create the simple things of life with intention and integrity. (photo credits Nokomis Rhodes)
Get ready for some colour. After a lifetime of working with Clay, it occurs to me that my work evolves in a way that allows me to use colour in all the phases of making. The intoxicating joy of colour, the tactile pleasures of clay, and the creative process (basically making decisions and then making them happen) keep me in the studio – a heady concoction indeed!
This year there have been some diversions from my well-trodden clay path. A series of pots resulted from my interest in the life and work of J.M.W. Turner, ‘The Master of Light. His paintings of the sea carried me away. Lately, I’ve attempted to make pots that appear to have a history with marks and a patina attesting to years of use though they are newly made. And now I’m using commercial underglazes (ceramic paints), tentatively.
No matter what one chooses to pursue in clay, it’s endless!
Both of these wonderful potters are local to the COMOX VALLEY and their works will be featured in our Picture Windows at the gallery during October.
We are open 10-5, Monday – Saturday. There is ample parking at the rear of the building off 6th street.
Bring a friend. We love to share our enthusiasm about pottery.
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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