Gallery Closing Party, and a Rooster

Life seems to be ‘on hold’ today, mainly because the forecast snowfall is happening. We were warned.. yesterday was a gorgeous sunny cold day and I made good use of it. This week’s creations dried over the previous night and I carefully transported all the finished plates and my jugbirds out to the kiln shed. It’s a bit of a worry because there was snow on the slope and the pots would not survive a slip! I turned the kiln on low and trundled out to buy groceries and bird ...

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Thomas Kakinuma

‘Tommy’ Kakinuma taught some of the founding members of the BC Potters’ Guild in the fifties and sixties, in the UBC Pottery Huts. Recently collectors have been finding his pieces in antique shops in Vancouver and wonder who he was. It seems very little has been known about him. Blogger Stacy Reynaud bought a bird pot from John Lawrence of Doda Antiques. John has a huge collection of early BC pottery and a wealth of knowledge about the artists. After Stacy mentioned her find on ...

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My Playtime

After Christmas I wandered into my studio and noticed that I still had the remains of experiments with blue, red and white earthenware clay. I decided to just enjoy throwing with no need to embellish the surface of the few pots I made. Only now, after trimming to reveal the striations, bisque-firing and then glazing with the new, all-forgiving clear glaze can I see what I did. With only a hint of blue remaining in this mix, the strata remind me of holidays in Arizona and New Mexico. The wide-mouthed ...

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Practical Plates

For those who read my February 4th blog, I can now show you how the plates painted that day turned out. Philippe Raphanel’s two exuberant pieces are rather different from his previous ones. He applied bold colours in a careful pattern and then asked for wax resist as he’d done before. But this time he took a less random approach, with circles of dashes and then little dots. The grey underglaze subsequently poured over the whole was of course resisted by the wax but lots of his colour ...

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A ParRaid of Painters!

Five artists were here the week before last and that’s about enough people to work around my table so on Friday another three Raiders arrived for a day of painting. While I had been potting and glazing during the week I managed to prepare some more plates for this group. Luckily for me, potter Robert Shiozaki teaches at Totally Ceramics and at Port Moody Arts Centre so was kind enough to bring some more ‘Wonder White’ cone 04 clay from TC in South Surrey to me, two blocks from PMAC. ...

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