Culture Days

While I have been waiting for my kiln to be cool enough for me to empty I’ve been out in the garden. It’s time to cut off all those huge hollyhock plants. I couldn’t help myself but harvest oodles of their seeds. So if you join us for ‘Pottery in Port Moody’ next weekend you may take lots of those seeds and we’ll have a colourful city the year after next!   The last few weeks have been spent making jugbirds to take to England soon and dreaming up some bird ...

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Gargoyles and Improvisations

  For many years senior artist Eric Metcalfe has been spending each day drawing and meticulously painting with gouache, adding to an ever-growing series of works. Now West Vancouver Museum’s curator Darrin Morrison has chosen just some of these wildly colourful graphic paintings for a show which also features reference to Eric’s earlier performance and collaborative work as Dr Brute. This link will take you to the museum’s biography of Eric and explanation of the selection ...

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Blue Clay, Japan and ‘Clay in my Garden’

September is here and suddenly there are masses of activities in the calendar. The Raiders were mostly still away on holiday so we haven’t got together recently. I have plates ready for them but have mainly been trying to concentrate on making as many of my own pots as I can and have a firing soon.               Linda Doherty gave me some old dried-out earthenware clay that she had had made up for a special project years ago. It’s blue, like Wedgwood ...

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Courtney Visit

On our last evening on Vancouver Island Alan and I stopped in Courtney. We found ‘The Potters’ Place’ gallery just as it was closing so had a quick look around and met that day’s volunteers Joe and Helen Stefiuk. Thanks for staying open a bit late for us, Joe and Helen. We drove to the outskirts of the town to find Lesley Norris’ charming rural retreat. She had invited us for supper and the chance to see our tile project installed, over a year since it had been fabricated ...

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August Plates

The latest plates are now out of the kiln and photographed. The glaze has behaved itself and the latest four Raiders can now see how their designs worked out. I think they should be pleased.                 Eric’s two plates are a continuation of his design explorations but the palette remains the same. He is interested in balancing the importance of each colour and angular pattern. At the moment he is much more focused on his upcoming solo show in ...

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