Another successful firing

Last week’s glaze firing took care of all the Raiders’ plates and my jugbirds and yunomis. Mina’s huge round red plate is rather splendid. It needed a shelf all to itself.     There was an oval dish by Michelle and a tall, mould-made vase, painted with similar soft colours.       Renée brought out two round dinner plates that she’d painted at home with just black and white. Nice contrast.   One of her little sculpture maquettes features ...

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“Flower Vases with Flowers in a Vase” Paul Mathieu

  ‘I have a show up now at the new ECU campus of my “Flower Vases with Flowers in a Vase”, ceramics and large digital photos. Until Sunday Dec. 3, 1st floor Faculty space, open everyday.’ This was the invitation I received from Paul Mathieu. Last Thursday, on a beastly rainy day, I first took plates to Mina’s Strathcona home and then found my way to the brand new Emily Carr University campus. Parking in front of Equinox Gallery I discovered that the ECU Ceramics ...

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True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada

On Saturday, while my recent glaze firing was cooling, Al and I sky-trained in to Vancouver for a gallery day. Our primary destination was Coastal Peoples Gallery in Gastown but I hadn’t seen the current shows at Vancouver Art Gallery so we spent some time there first. Our son Mike joined us as he’s particularly interested in Mid-Century Modern Design. True Nordic is on the third floor and has two sections, Scandinavian influenced designs from mid twentieth century, and work in a similar ...

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Plates and Platters

Yesterday I unloaded a full kiln load of painted plates, Alan took photos and I loaded the kiln again, this time with pots for bisque-firing. Some plates didn’t get into the earlier firings, my jugbirds weren’t finished and Renée brought two more round dinner plates that she’d painted at home. That firing ended this morning so tomorrow will be another glazing day. The finished plates are from two recent ‘Raids’. Eric Metcalfe, Monique Fouquet and Renée van Halm came ...

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November Weekend

This was a packed weekend! Another group of Raiders had asked if they could come out on a Saturday so we booked this one, but I didn’t realize that the East Side Culture Crawl was also on. Alan and I like to go, and I’d missed at least the last two so we decided to see some of it on Friday evening and Al would go again for much of Saturday. We chose to go to the densest area of studios, Mergatroid Building and 1000 Parker, partly to avoid the incessant wind and rain. Our son Mike and ...

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