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

HOLIDAY CRAFT at the COURTYARD

holiday craft at the courtyard

Holiday Craft at the Courtyard.

our first ever Christmas Craft Fair.

We know how hard it is to plan getting to a craft fair that’s only on one day of the year…

So we decided to hold our Christmas craft fair for a month and a half. It will run until Dec. 31.
We are known as the largest all clay gallery on Vancouver Island with over 25 Amazing potters local to the Comox Valley, but this year we decided to invite a number of our favourite local artists who work in other mediums to join in our amazing art and craft community and display their art for a special Christmas art fair.

Among the works you find at the gallery specifically for this explosion of craft include fused and blown glass, wooden inlaid treasure and wood turned bowls and the most magical of turned ornaments, woven scarves and blankets and tea towels and other gorgeous fiber art, silver jewellery, recycled jewellery from bicycle parts (talk about unique), art cards, paintings, all of which are exquisite and great as a gift all by themselves or as an accompaniment to another gift and of course a huge assortment of handmade pottery, both functional and decorative for every budget in the Comox Valley. There are so many truly wonderful gift options for friends, family and don’t forget yourself this year at our Holiday at the Courtyard Craft Fair! It’s an art show and craft sale that will take you right through to next year.

When you walk into the gallery, you’ll smile at all the amazing possibilities you’ll find for unique gift giving under one roof; ALL LOCAL and ALL HANDMADE.
It’s a great way to support local artists, buy local, and give something this year that is truly individual and special that won’t be duplicated or mass produced in a foreign country.

We are always finding ways to be involved in giving back at The Potters Place Gallery, and this year we also have the sweetest angels and gnomes made by local artists and 100% of those purchases go directly to a community fundraising project. You can’t go wrong this season, when it comes to finding something perfect and special and unique here, during our first ever Holiday at the Courtyard event at The Potters Place Gallery in downtown Courtenay.

This year think SUSTAINABLE ART.

We’re at the corner of 5th and Cliffe with easy parking at the rear of the building off 6th street in downtown Courtenay.

Katy Fogg and Patsy O’Connell are Featured Artists through October 2019

We are so excited to have Katy Fogg and Patsy O’Connell showcased throughout October at The Potters Place Gallery. 

Katy Fogg

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)

Patsy O’Connell

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.

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.

 

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!

Ellen Statz  Pottery Egg Wall Sculpture 2 Ellen Statz - Pottery Egg Wall scultpure 1

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.

Sylvia McGourlick & Elizabeth Raynor – Featured Artists November 2017

Sylvia McGourlick & Elizabeth Raynor – Featured Artists November 2017

The Potters Place Gallery Feature Artists for November 2017

The Potters Place Gallery feature artists for November are Sylvia McGourlick and Elizabeth Raynor.

Sylvia was introduced to pottery while living in Haida Gwaii in the mid- 1980’s. Today, she focuses on producing functional pottery for daily use. She believes that there is something special about hand-made pottery. Maybe it’s the familiar feel of a well-used piece, or the unique way that the clay’s body and glaze combine to catch the light, that rewards the user and their senses.    

Her glazes are earthy with reds, browns, white and silver that flow into one another creating a new palette where they overlap. While most of her work is done on the wheel, Sylvia likes to experiment with hand building and new glaze combinations to keep the craft new and fresh.

Elizabeth is a founding member of The Potters Place and has made functional pottery for over 25 years. While working in Edmonton she became interested in clay and was fortunate enough to be taught and mentored by Naboro Kubo a fourth generation potter from Japan. The influence of his ideas are still present in her work.

Simplicity of form, softness of colour and a peaceful calm are the inspirations for Elizabeth forms and approach to glazing and decoration of her pottery. 

Come in and check out Sylvia’s and Elizabeth’s work at the Potters Place Gallery just in time for the Christmas season.

The Gallery is located at the corner of 5th Street and Cliffe Avenue in downtown Courtenay and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information visit www.thepottersplace.ca or call 250-334-4613.

Sue Emerson – Featured Artist for September 2017

Sue Emerson – Featured Artist for September 2017

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

10am-5pm Monday-Saturday

 

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.