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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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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Rooster in Victoria

One of the highlights of our recent holiday on Vancouver Island was being invited to lunch with Cheryl Rimmer and Robert Mewburn at their splendid Samuel Maclure-designed house in the Oak Bay area. Cheryl has, bless her, being watching my explorations in salt-firing and owns a couple of my favourites. After a number of years she has persuaded me to part with my one and only salty Rooster. So he flew over on the ferry with us and now lives in Victoria. Cheryl pointed out that she has been a potter ...

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Summer Flock

On the morning after we returned from an eventful holiday on Vancouver Island I happily unloaded the latest glaze firing. For once the kiln contained only my work!               Now most of these new jugbirds have been delivered to Granville Island, to Circle Craft Co-op where I had NONE left, and to the Gallery of BC Ceramics. I’ll post photos of them all here – partly for my own records but also so that others can make suggestions for other birds ...

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Soda Pots

It’s time to post the results of my part of the recent soda firing at Shadbolt Centre. Just today Al took photos of the latest earthenware, electric-fired jugbirds so those will appear very soon, but I like to keep my notes chronological.                         Since I got to see the new salty-like pots we have been very busy with important things like family birthdays and a much-anticipated holiday on Vancouver Island. I even ...

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