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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.

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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