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Maeva Collins and Sue Taylor are Featured Artists throughout August 2018

Maeva Collins and Sue Taylor are Featured Artists throughout August 2018

The Potters Place Gallery is thrilled to be able to highlight two of our amazing potters throughout the month of August.  Come on in and check out our featured windows to see beautiful examples of both wood firing by Maeva Collins and Soda firing by Sue Taylor.  We are truly lucky to have such stunning representations of both kinds of firing, right here in our valley… and at The Potters Place Gallery throughout the year, but we thought you should really get to know these two artists, up close and personal, so we are featuring them both throughout August.  Come in and enjoy this feast for your eyes and your soul.

 

MAEVA COLLINS
The creative process has always been an important part of my life. In the past, I have danced, taught classical ballet and contemporary dance, painted, ridden in dressage competitions, coached dressage and have been an Equine Canada dressage judge.
Although quite different, they all require an eye for good form and an appreciation for beauty and movement. Clay for me has been a truly free form of creativity.  It’s mesmerizing to watch a ball of clay transform into a beautiful vessel. Throwing on the wheel is my favourite part of the process and the amazing sensation is still with me every time. During the first few years of creating with clay, I enjoyed making tableware but now I love to create large pieces that are somewhat sculptural.
Throughout my experience with clay, I have never felt the need to save a pot but instead have felt that the next one will be better. Because of that, I have been able to push the envelope; take one more pull, trim closer and not worry about the chance of losing it and with that comes better understanding and better skill.  Inspiration comes from my surroundings. I live in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island surrounded by the ocean, rivers, mountains and rain forest. I have always felt a deep connection to the ocean and find the ocean a spiritual, emotional and physical inspiration. Living on a small acreage allows me the freedom to pit fire and wood fire my creations. In both cases I rely on the firing process to produce dramatic patterns that draw the viewer in; nature never leaves the same mark twice.  Both pit firing and wood firing give me the opportunity to have an intimate  experience in the process from the beginning to the end. Following a firing, I have
found, in spite of the careful planning and preparation, there are always more  questions than answers.
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. I derive great joy in creating my vessels and my hope is that others will find as much pleasure in viewing and touching these pieces as I have in the making of them.

SUE TAYLOR

Sue is a long time valley resident and a co-founding member of the Potter’s Place Collective. She lives and pots on her rural property in Merville. Sue and her husband have built a sprung arch gas fired salt kiln which she uses to achieve the traditional “orange peel” effect on her porcelain work. Sue creates both functional and one of a kind carved pieces.

Her work reflects her many years of making pots in Canada and her degree work at the University of Western England with work displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

Maeva Collins: Featured Artist throughout July 2016 at The Potters Place Gallery

Maeva Collins: Featured Artist throughout July 2016 at The Potters Place Gallery

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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.wood-fired-(1)-web 

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. mc-pit-fired-lidded-(2)-web

 

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

Featured Artist Shirley Phillips throughout June 2016

Featured Artist Shirley Phillips throughout June 2016

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.Shirley phillips wall

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.

Feature Artist Joe Stefiuk – December 2016

Feature Artist Joe Stefiuk – December 2016

Feature Artist Joe Stefiuk – December 2016. Joe Stefiuk has created a new batch of work, functional and sculptural with new themes for this month’s Feature Window.

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He has introduced some new glazes and has used old ones in a different way.
This holiday, we encourage everyone, to think local – supporting local economies, local artists, and handmade/handcrafted works for your gift giving.
Come into the Potterss Place Gallery for Mugs and bowls with a west coast theme, and the most wonderful soda fired animal and bird masks.
You will find Joe’s ‘One of a kind’ tea bowls, Japanese beer mugs, owls, bears (like the one in this image), wolves and of course whales tails.
Now… Don’t fret, included in Joe’s holiday work, will be some old crows, fish, and cows. He has even made the perfect stocking stuffers… shooters (lots of them).

The Potters Place is located in the 5th Street Courtyard, 5th and Cliffe, Downtown Courtenay. 10 – 5 pm Monday-Saturday.

Parking located at rear of along the fence.
www.thepottersplace.ca

 

 

JUNE 2015 FEATURED ARTIST JAIME WILLMS &  Guest Artist, Fibre Artist Pat Simpson.

JUNE 2015 FEATURED ARTIST JAIME WILLMS & Guest Artist, Fibre Artist Pat Simpson.

Bountiful Beauty at the Potters Place during Elevate the Arts and throughout the month of June.

Wonderous Wood Fired Pottery from Local Potter Jaime Willms and Fabulous Fiber Art from Local Weaver and Fiber Artist Pat Simpsonjaime-portrait-web

It’s hard to find a place more ARTFUL and more LOCAL than the POTTERS PLACE at the 5th Street Courtyard in Couirtenay. A perfect place to visit anytime, including during Elevate the Arts.

This month we are doing something a little different for us, and we have invited guest artist Pat Simpson, who makes beautiful art for the table such as woven tea towels and runners (and more) and thought what a perfect fit as so much of the wonderful pottery you will find at the Potters Place is fully functional and perfect for any table.

Jaime Willms is our featured potter for June and her recent kiln load was sensational. She put it best…

“ The crackle of the fire is getting quieter. The kiln is telling us that it’s time to stoke again. We stoke, and a six foot flame shoots straight up into the air, lighting up the dark night. The kiln crackles it’s thunderous, happy song, as the flames lick their way through a maze of pots, and out the chimney.”

jaime throwing large vase 2015 webWood firing is a process that goes back to the fifth century from Asia. When Jaime travelled through China, she saw old, abandoned, wood fired kilns that had been used in years past to fire such simple things as bricks and roof tiles. The old potters would fire their pots inside protective vessels called saggars, jaime-wf-vase-dany-2015-webso that the wood ash would not disturb the glaze surface. However, modern day wood fired potters such as Willms, happily encourage as much of the
fly ash” and fire marks to decorate their pots as possible. Kiln kisses, patterns from supports keeping the pottery from sitting and sticking directly to the kiln shelves knows as wadding, wood ash deposits, directional flame marks and warm colours such as ochres, rusts, and toasty cinnamons are achieved in part by ‘reducing’ the oxygen in the kiln at specific temperatures and for specific durations. These colours and effects are all coveted by modern day wood firers. The kiln is stoked round the clock for over 4 days with approximately 4 -5 cords of wood and ​the ​temperature​ reached is​ around 2500 degrees F​.

Jaime’s display at The Potter’s Place throughout June, will feature pottery fired in an anagama wood fire kiln. This is a traditional 5th century ​​Asian designed kiln. The vases and vessels in our FEATURE window are highly decorated, some by Jaime, and some in collaboration with artist husband, Dany Fortin.
Not to worry, we’ll be sure to also have available, Willms’ functional work, ranging from plates, teapots, mugs and bowls. If you don’t have a Jaime Willms pot yet, you will want to start your collection with a piece this month!

jaime-wf-vase-leaves-brushed-webCome see sculptors and a variety of other artists in the 5th Street Courtyard during Elevate the Arts from June 3 – 6,2015