The month of June is often filled with love, laughter, and wedding bells.
Are you looking for the perfect wedding gift?
The makers of the Potters Place Gallery have prepared beautiful teapots, baking bowls, and platters, mugs, tea bowls, and goblets, just for such occasions.There are choices to accommodate all budgets.A gift of pottery is made with love and care.Our ceramic works are really a marriage of many things.An idea, even a dream, comes to fruition with intention, care, and experience.
The relationships of the raw clay, several elements, and fiery heat are bonded and unified after time, work and care.Eventually each has the opportunity to reach full, glorious potential with the support of the other.Kinda like love between people? So we get it.And of course, the gift of a beautiful pot can be a wonderful contribution to the excitement of a couple building a new life together. Handmade pottery makes a most memorable wedding gift of love.
Please join us on Saturday, June 1st, from 3 until 5 for tea and biscuits.
The Potters Place Gallery is pleased to present Leah Bland our guest artist for the month of June.
Be sure to check out our featured window as you stroll by the gallery.
Leah has been busy building towards her new relationship, with clay. Her pots are fresh, mindful, and created with love.
Below you can see some of Leah’s work.
There will be an opportunity to meet Leah and discuss her journey and process, and perhaps fall in love with a special pot. Please refrain from throwing rice.
Spring is here and we are celebrating. We think it’s a BIG DEAL!
Maeva Collins – 2 woodfired dancers
We all love when the sun begins to shine more that the rain begins to fall. Spring in the Comox Valley is spectacular with blossom on trees in bloom and flowers beginning to paint a beautiful pallet of colour in our gardens and along the roadsides.
Do you have a love of large floral displays in your home or office? Do you have a dining table or coffee table that could use a really lovely statement piece? The potter’s of The Potters Place Gallery have decided to make a splash this spring, with some wonderful large pots and pots that depict spring.
Come on by the gallery and take a look at what we’ve been up to.
We are at the corner of 5th and Cliffe ave. in the heart of downtown Courtenay, BC Open 10am-5pm, Tuesday though Friday. Parking is available at the rear of the building, access off 6th st.
The Candyman makes Everything he bakes Satisfying and delicious Talk about your childhood wishes You can even Eat the Dishes!
But wait. You can’t eat the dishes. At least not ours.
We welcome visitors to enjoy a delicious feast with their eyes. A gallery filled with beautifully decorated ceramic plates and platters of all shapes and sizes, made in studio by gallery members and featured artists.
What kind of dishes do you serve your favourite meals on? In partnership with the 100-mile food movement, we encourage community members not only to support local farmers and food growers, but to also support local makers.
Mealtime can easily be a mindful, pleasurable event and practise, and the time and effort put into the preparation of a meal can also be reflected in what the meal is served on. A special place setting, plate, or food dish can become a treasured part of the family dinner.
Do your tastes lean towards a matched, complete set, collected over time, or more eclectic, with different vessels made by several ceramic artists? Family members, friends and guests often have favourites drinking vessels, bowls, and dishes.
How food is presented, what it is presented on, can easily be paired to compliment the dish served. A big decorated fish platter, serving fresh caught salmon just off the BBQ. Sushi served on a traditional tray. A work-of-art terrine, set centre-stage full of seafood chowder, or hearty beef stew. Or how about a great, big, rustic stoneware bowl, teeming with steaming spaghetti and meatballs?
“Plates and Platters” will be on display in the Potters Place Gallery at the corner of Fifth Street and Cliffe Ave. for the month of March.
Hope to see you there!
We are located in the 5th Street Courtyard at across from the Sid Williams theatre in the heart of downtown Courtenay, BC. Parking is easily accessed at the rear of the building off 6th street.
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
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.
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.
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.
Ellen Statz was Born and raised in Campbell River, Ellen is a true Island girl.
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!
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’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.
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
We can’t be more excited. Come and celebrate with us as we ring in 25 years as the most amazing Pottery Collective on Vancouver Island. We celebrate 25 years and June is a perfect time to have a party.
Past and Current members of The Potters Place Gallery will be creating individual place settings for this event. We are going to be joined by Sushi Jo and Sweet Surprise Gluten Free Baking adding to the event with their delicious sushi and sweet treats. – wow.
JUNE 2 – 4 – 7 pm
Corner of 5th and Cliffe in Downtown Courtenay, BC.
RED DOT SALE
January 13-21, 2017 at The Potters Place Gallery
Potters and the Creative Process
The Potters of The Potters Place Gallery are clearing out their studios. The frenzy of the holiday season has passed and the potters now have time to reflect on what worked, what didn’t quite meet
their goals and where they would like to take their art in the coming year.
Every artist and designer goes through a creative process. Potters are no different. There are as many different approaches to creativity as there are artists. Some prefer to create spontaneously; some choose a more methodical approach. Are spontaneity and method mutually exclusive? I think not. I believe they work together and that every artist, no matter how spontaneous, or conscious goes through four basic steps: 1) idea generation 2) work, experimentation and testing 3) self, peer, or mentor evaluation and 4) presentation. It is work, experimentation and testing that is important here.
There are a multitude of facets of pottery, so many, so that a potter could work a life time and still be learning. Sometimes potters choose to focus on one type of firing, or forming technique for many years. Then and opportunity arises to try something new, a spark is ignited and a new tangent is explored. During this exploration and experimentation every piece created may not be exactly what the potter is trying to achieve. It doesn’t mean this creation is not beautiful and will not completely fill someone’s aesthetic; it is just not what the potter was aiming for.
At the Red Dot Sale you will find the actualization of these stages of growth. The pots that are formed from pushing limitations and being vulnerable enough to try something new can be beautiful and lead the potter on a new journey. Sometimes a potter needs to clear out items that simply don’t fit into their new style, or did not work out quite as expected. You get to benefit from this by finding perfectly good pots at reduced prices at The Potters Place Gallery at 5th and Cliffe, in Courtenay during our Red Dot Sale. It is our way of saying thank you to our loyal customers and welcome to our new customers.
What a great way to find a home for pots that are practically perfect in every way.
Come and see a collection of truly beautifully made, and wonderful to hold pottery from Hanna’s studio on Quadra Island throughout November, 2016
We asked Hanna to tell us about her pottery and her life. Here’s what she said:
I started my pottery adventure producing honey pots for my family’s beekeeping business. I can assure you, it is not an easy start, as you begin with making pots with tight fitting lids that cannot leak the honey. When I finally had time for expansion of my business, I faced a serious question: what other pottery items could I possibly make?
20 years later I have a studio on Quadra Island, where I produce the whole assortment of items from mugs to casserole dishes. Yes, honey pots are there, too. I enjoy working on the wheel, producing functional stoneware. I like to take inspiration in the nature around me, either pressing leaves into wet clay, or painting natural motives with wax resist on raw clay, or on glazes. I like a deep, saturated colour, and overlaying 2 or more glazes. I fire to cone 6 – 7 in an electric kiln. I am hoping to expand to working with a slab roller.
In a spare time (not too much of it!) I like to go kayaking or hiking with my 2 dogs.
The Potters Place Gallery is open from 10-5 Monday through Saturday
We are at the Corner of Cliffe and 5th in Downtown Courtenay, across from the Sid Williams Theatre in the 5th Street Courtyard.
Each month we highlight one of our wonderful Potters. Our Front Window Gallery is where our monthly "Featured Artist" will have their work on display.
Be sure to come by the shop to see what and who is new!