Joe has been playing with clay for over 60 years. Following his retirement, after 32 years as an art teacher right here in the Comox Valley, he was able to concentrate on this art form with a focus on pieces fired in gas and soda kilns.
Joe Stefiuk returns with a new batch of work, functional and sculptural with new themes. Indigenous animals and plant forms. Some new glazes and old ones used in a different way. Mugs and bowls with a west coast theme, soda fired animal and birds and unique masks using human and animal forms. He has also developed his own versions of Vancouver Island wildlife including bear, cougar, owls, whales and wolves.
You’ll find “One of a Kind” tea bowls, Japanese beer mugs, owls, bears, wolves and of course whales tails. Some old crows, fish, and cows. He has even made the perfect stocking stuffers… shooters (lots of them). Come on by and you’ll see Joe’s work in the Gallery Windows and be sure to come on inside to see just how amazing these works of art actually are up close and personal.
Studio Potter / Cori’s Clay Class Pottery Teacher
Cori moved to the Valley from Toronto eight years ago. She is a functional potter which means she loves to make pots that can be used for every day food preparation and serving. While she enjoys making all kinds of pottery, she most adores mugs as they are the most personal pieces a person will ever own.
Her work is both meditative and highly decorative. She spends a lot of time considering and working on glazing her pieces in order to achieve unique and special pots. Her use of white clay and multiple layers of glaze produce truly unique colour combinations. read more about Cori
The Potters Place Gallery is located at the corner of 5th Street and Cliffe Avenue in downtown Courtenay. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information on the Gallery see us on Facebook, or call (250) 334-4613.
Mark your calendars. January 15-31 That amazing annual RED DOT sale is here again.
You’ve been waiting for this sale since last year!
As always, partial proceeds from this sale will go to various valley charities.
This sale is our way of saying thank you for your support all year.
We love our community and our customers who choose handmade over big box stores, local over shipped in, and handmade over factory produced when it comes time for yourself and your gifts.
Our way of saying Thank You Comox Valley, for another great year. Don’t Miss This Once A Year Event!
A little background for you about… Potters and the Creative Process
The Potters Place is a not for profit society and part of our mandate is educating and supporting our community about the ceramic arts.
There is a movement a foot around the world – “Less Plastic More Clay” and over this next year, we at The Potters Place are hoping to spread the word through education and example, we hope to help the ComoxValley move away from plastic in their kitchens replacing everyday items with pottery instead. Even… your colanders.
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 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? We think not. We 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 may however, not be exactly what the potter was aiming for.
At the Red Dot Sale you will find the actualization of these stages of growth.
– You will find 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.
– You will find pots that are ends of lines
– You will find pots that are styles that a potter is no longer creating
– You will find pots similar to what you found last month, only reduced to make room for more pots.
You get to benefit from this by finding perfectly good pots at reduced prices at The Potters Place Gallery at 5 th 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.
We invite you to cross the road at Cliffe and head over to the courtyard.
There is also parking at rear
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.
Parking is at the rear of the building.
Whatever you had planned for this weekend, may 27,28,29 – HOLD ON!!!!
You’ll want to revise your plans to include the Central Island Artisans Studio Tour.
This is our first year participating and well, doesn’t it just make sense? The Potters Place Gallery is opening up shop with wheel demo’s and if you are so inclined … and don’t mind getting ‘mud in your eye’, then why not try your own hand at the wheel. You’ll soon see just what skills went into making that beautiful hand made mug that you drink your coffee and tea out of everyone morning.
Here are just a few samples of the kind of mugs you’ll find at the Gallery this weekend by just a few of our artists.
If you are not doing that already, then this weekend will be your opportunity to find the perfect mug, or bowl, or vase or… you name it, the wonderful potters at The Potters Place Gallery at the corner of 5th street and Cliffe Ave., in the heart of downtown Courtenay make it.
There will be a wide array of artists on the studio tour and there is no need to fret… you can pick up your brochure with map and studios right here at our gallery. See you this weekend.
Be sure to bring a friend along. This is the kind of thing you’ll want to share.