Spring is here and we are celebrating. We think it’s a BIG DEAL!
Maeva Collins – 2 woodfired dancers
We all love when the sun begins to shine more that the rain begins to fall. Spring in the Comox Valley is spectacular with blossom on trees in bloom and flowers beginning to paint a beautiful pallet of colour in our gardens and along the roadsides.
Do you have a love of large floral displays in your home or office? Do you have a dining table or coffee table that could use a really lovely statement piece? The potter’s of The Potters Place Gallery have decided to make a splash this spring, with some wonderful large pots and pots that depict spring.
Come on by the gallery and take a look at what we’ve been up to.
We are at the corner of 5th and Cliffe ave. in the heart of downtown Courtenay, BC Open 10am-5pm, Tuesday though Friday. Parking is available at the rear of the building, access off 6th st.
The Candyman makes Everything he bakes Satisfying and delicious Talk about your childhood wishes You can even Eat the Dishes!
But wait. You can’t eat the dishes. At least not ours.
We welcome visitors to enjoy a delicious feast with their eyes. A gallery filled with beautifully decorated ceramic plates and platters of all shapes and sizes, made in studio by gallery members and featured artists.
What kind of dishes do you serve your favourite meals on? In partnership with the 100-mile food movement, we encourage community members not only to support local farmers and food growers, but to also support local makers.
Mealtime can easily be a mindful, pleasurable event and practise, and the time and effort put into the preparation of a meal can also be reflected in what the meal is served on. A special place setting, plate, or food dish can become a treasured part of the family dinner.
Do your tastes lean towards a matched, complete set, collected over time, or more eclectic, with different vessels made by several ceramic artists? Family members, friends and guests often have favourites drinking vessels, bowls, and dishes.
How food is presented, what it is presented on, can easily be paired to compliment the dish served. A big decorated fish platter, serving fresh caught salmon just off the BBQ. Sushi served on a traditional tray. A work-of-art terrine, set centre-stage full of seafood chowder, or hearty beef stew. Or how about a great, big, rustic stoneware bowl, teeming with steaming spaghetti and meatballs?
“Plates and Platters” will be on display in the Potters Place Gallery at the corner of Fifth Street and Cliffe Ave. for the month of March.
Hope to see you there!
We are located in the 5th Street Courtyard at across from the Sid Williams theatre in the heart of downtown Courtenay, BC. Parking is easily accessed at the rear of the building off 6th street.
Anne Cubitt and Corry Lunn are featured and guest artists throughout September 2015
Anne Cubitt’s elegant forms and the perfect canvas for her crystalline pottery. These very beautiful bowls and vessels are like constellations in the sky, or the frost first thing in the morning as the sun just begins to come up.
The surface glaze treatment of her pottery glistens under the light as each crystal reflects the light in many different ways. The chemicals she uses in her glazes along with a very precise ‘cooling’ method help to produce these varying sizes of crystal. The colours are soft and muted, and yet so vibrant.
We are so lucky to have such a beautiful representation of this very unique decoration on pottery.
Do make your way in during the month of September so that you can see this wonderful work.
The ocean outside her front door and the forests behind are the inspiration for artist Corry Lunn’s ceramic sculptural work.
The ever-changing mood of the water and life that inhabits the environment along Union Bay are the soul of Lunn’s work. Ravens, otters, eagles and salmon all come alive in vessels, wall pieces and sculptural forms.
She has managed to breathe life into her Raku and burnished works through fire and flame. She manages to capture the essence of the subject she is sculpting through respect and admiration of the natural world.
You may have noticed Sculptor, Corry’s Lunn’s studio, along the old island highway right across from the shores of Union Bay. Outside, it is filled with wooden sculptures filled with beautiful garden accents and found objects upcycled into wonderful pieces of art. Inside, is where you will find Lunn’s ceramic pieces; sculptures, wall plaques, and sandstone carvings. We are thrilled that throughout the month of September, The Potters Place gets to have Corry Lunn’s clay work on display and for sale here in Courtenay.
Her work incorporates driftwood, slumped glass, and found treasures, within her clay and enamel wall pieces. The clay elements in her sculptures are burnished with very smooth stones and then pit fired. She utilizes various techniques including Raku, sawdust firing, pit firing, burnishing, and mixed media. Lunn’s work is inspired by nature her immediate surroundings and natural objects.
Corry has said that she doesn’t separate her living from her work. A series of sculptures includes ravens, eagles, seals, fish, otters, and both creatures and women of the sea. You’ll want to touch her work, to feel the maker’s hand as it pressed and smoothed and molded the clay. “When they come out of the pit fire I clean them up with clear Kiwi shoe polish. This also protects and adds to the warm luster of the finish,” Lunn says.
The sculptures are mounted on beach/drift wood rough from the elements and a contrast from the smooth coolness of the clay, she says.
Her work is captivating. Just to know that another wonderfully gifted artist like this lives in our community is what helps to make this valley so rich and special.
It is really important that we all get to see artist’s interpretations of what beauty we live with each day, right outside our front doors. The Potters Place at the corner of 5th and Cliffe provides the perfect opportunity to do so.
Lunn is well known around B.C. for her beautiful clay sculptures and copper enamel hangings. The Comox Valley is definitely the Potter Mecca of Vancouver Island!
Open Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Potters Place is at 180B Fifth St. on the corner of Fifth and Cliffe in the 5th Street Courtyard, in downtown Courtenay.
Parking is available at the Rear of the building along the fence. For more information, call 250-334-4613
Katy Fogg was our Featured Artist in October, 2015. From Earth To Table.Katy Fogg is our featured artist at The Potters Place in Downtown Courtenay throughout October 2015.
Katy has created a beautiful bounty of pottery for our Featured Artist’s Window. This body of work is rich in earthly tones.
Katy Fogg has been creating pottery that is artistically unique and aesthetically striking for over 17 years. Dedicated to integrity and detail, she carefully crafts each piece by hand. Her business is based on principles of sustainability, community, and environmental sensitivity. Creating functional, durable art from raw clay and minerals, Katy aims to infuse some of the simple things of life with care and intention. She prepares her own glazes, ensuring that they are long-lasting and non-toxic. The intricate glaze patterns, inspired by mandala designs, are created using a batik-like process. Mimicking natural earth processes, she also grows willemite and iron crystals within the surface of her glazes. These intricate flower-like forms and subtle shimmers of light offer their own beauty, adding depth and complexity to the glaze surface. Lightweight and refined, Living Earth feels magical to the touch and adds a simple beauty to everyday rituals.
“I love seeing my pots in action and I get to do this everyday at our Coffee Bar Red Tree Coffee in Tin Town. Both myself and my partner are very focused on creating the simple things of life locally (with intention and integrity), that includes my pottery and my partner Simon’s Coffee. We serve up artisan coffee from locally roasted, responsibly sourced coffee beans at his coffee bar ‘Red Tree” in Tin Town and… We serve it in my handmade pottery – talk about a perfect fit.
It’s really worth a trip into the gallery to see Katy’s delicate and graceful work.
We also have a display of some of the tools and processes employed in making the pottery you see in the shop.
Katy will be featured throughout the month of October at The Potters Place at the corner of 5th and Cliffe at the 5th Street Courtyard, in the cultural heart of Downtown Courtenay. 10 – 5 pm Monday-Saturday. Parking at the rear along the fence.
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Each month we highlight one of our wonderful Potters. Our Front Window Gallery is where our monthly "Featured Artist" will have their work on display.
Be sure to come by the shop to see what and who is new!