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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!

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.

Don’t Cry Salty Tears – Featured Artist May 2016: Sue Taylor

Don’t Cry Salty Tears!

Sue Taylor is our Featured Artist at The Potters Place Gallery throughout the month May/2016.  

Her work is an extraordinary display of SALT FIRED pottery.  Delicate wine cups, illuminated luminaries, bountiful bowls and the like are all fired to about 1300 degrees centigrade.  As the kiln burns red hot inside,  she adds salt to the fire at specific temperatures.

This method of firing and glazing is a traditional method dating back centuries.   The salt vaporizes practically immediately as it hits the flame in the kiln, and then those vapors travel around the pots in the kiln, weaving in and around them, over and even under each piece, leaving it’s own glaze on each pot.  The flame and traveling vapors are able to kiss the underside of the pottery because each pot is placed in the kiln on what we potters call WADDING.  These are little bean like shapes of clay that elevate the pot up off the shelf, allowing the bottoms of each piece to be kissed by the flame.  This is a very unique firing method and the results are … Beyond Beautiful.
The Potters Place Gallery is located at the corner of 5th and Cliffe in downtown Courtenay in the 5th st. Courtyard.  10 – 5pm Mon-Sat. 250-334-4613.