Birds flying Air Canada

Once again I have packed jugbirds into a smaller-than-carry-on-size box ready to take to the airport with me tomorrow. I think the allowable size is now smaller so some will have to go in my hand-bag too. Good thing I only want a book and passport besides them.             While I am travelling to Cambridge, Berlin briefly, London and Salisbury – all to visit family members, I won’t be able to blog. So I’d like to post photos of the nine jugbirds ...

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TriCity Potters

It was a clay-packed weekend! On Friday evening Linda took June and me over to the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts for the latest in the NorthWest Ceramic Foundation’s series of lectures. Nora Vaillant had studied Leach apprentice and sometime BC resident John Reeve and his influence on West Coast potters for her MA thesis. This talk was a somewhat extended version of the presentation she made at the most recent NCECA conference.  Many of the evening’s large audience had worked with  John ...

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Bird Vessels, a Conure and Culture Days

  Now that the latest firing is done I needed to get some of the work packed up. The three vessels intended for Victoria’s Alcheringa Gallery were carefully wrapped in paper and bubble wrap and secured in a box with a handle. Wednesday morning saw me braving the 2nd Narrows bridge to meet up with Robert, who has taken said box on to the sea-bus, sky train, buses and the ferry over to his home in Victoria. I feel so much better having a friend do the transportation rather than the post ...

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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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