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.
parking at rear of building.
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.
Parking is at the rear of the building.
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.
Come celebrate the beauty in the everyday with handmade pottery drinking vessels created by very talented British Columbian Potters through October 2016 at The Potters Place in Downtown Courtenay, Comox Valley
Come and see a host of ceramic mugs, tumblers, beer steins, yunomis, wine cups, whiskey sniffers, chas and tea bowls.
40 Knots Winery, will be at our opening reception offering wine tasting which we know you’ll just love!
To call ceramic artist/potter Maeva Collins one of our own, is such a coo.
She creates some of the most magnificent pit fired ceramic vessels in Canada and she lives right here, among us in the Comox Valley.
Her woodfired pieces all begin on the potters wheel and then many of them are alterred in shape, either to a square, rectangle, or in some cases, just a little attidude is given, as in her tea pots.
In The Spirit of Fire, an exhibition at the Potters Place Gallery for the month of July featuring Maeva Collins’ pit fired and wood fired ceramic art. Maeva lives and works in Courtenay on 3 acres which gives her the ability to fire her ceramic art creations with wood. These methods of firing serve as a link to ancient techniques and civilizations of the past.
Pit firing produces surfaces that are warm and sensual with patterns reflecting the natural world. Wood firing is an ancient method with a sense of ritual. The wood kiln is fired for 36 hours and stoked every 5 to 10 minutes.
In our predictable world, primitive methods of firing result in a creative spontaneity. Potters make the pots and the flames that dance throughout the pit or kiln, create texture, patterns and visual magic
The Potters Place is so happy to have Shirley Phillips as our featured artist for the month of June. Please come by and see what Shirley has been up to in her studio lately.
Here is what Shirley has to say about her pottery and her process:
Clay allows me to create with texture, colour, and oodles of shapes.
I love to see where ” What If ” experimenting will take the clay.
I fire my pottery pieces using 3 separate methods:
* Smoke Firing – Layers of sawdust, pottery pieces, branches, dried plants, seaweed, along with sprinkles of salt and colourants are placed in a metal barrel. The top layer of kindling is set aflame and the contents smoulder for 24hrs. or so. Results are mottled grey to black surfaces with flashes of colour.
* Wood Firing – Placed in Gordon Hutchens Anagama firewood burning Kiln, pottery pieces will collect wood ash on their surfaces during a 3 day firing. Luscious shades of salmon, green, yellow and toasty browns will grace their surfaces.
* Digital Electric Kiln- My Stoneware pottery pieces are glazed in vibrant turquoise, green, gold, chocolate brown and other colour combos. I also fuse Beach Glass on wee dishes.
Nature always inspires with constant changes.
This month at the Potters Place we are thrilled to welcome the students of Courtenay Elementary School’s Pottery Program. Friends and family alike are invited to show support and encourage these young artists in our community who have create.
From seedlings to artists, we all join in to nurture the soil of these young art enthusiasts.
Along with the students work, you will find a breath of fresh air in the pots presented by members of the Potters Place. We bring gardens, gardening, and spring to life in our pottery.
Come and enjoy spring in the Comox Valley, the only way we know how to celebrate it. Through Clay.
We are on the corner of 5th and Cliffe Ave. in Courtenay, BC – across the road from the Sid Williams Theatre, in the 5th Street Courtyard. You’ll find lots of parking around the back along the fence behind Delicados Restaurant and Sweet Surprise Gluten Free Baking.
Courtenay Elementary school students create wonderful works in clay.