New Jugbirds

This week’s glaze firing contained 48 glaze tests. I am looking for a reliable clear glaze which will be suitable for both my favourite D’arcy’s Redart and a white earthenware. So I had made 12 testers in each of: D’arcy’s, Plainsman F100, SPS LF06 and Georgie’s Wonder White. Of each 12 I left 4 plain, painted 4 with underglazes and 4 with slips and then glazed those samples with 4 different glazes. As recommended by Tony Hansen of Digitalfire I shocked the tests ...

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More BC Pottery

After we’d had a good look at this month’s show, From Ashes to Art, at the Gallery of BC Ceramics, we took a good look around the rest of the gallery and Melissa pointed out some of the new artists who’ve been juried in. Sorry, I didn’t get them all recorded but here are some that caught my attention. Amelia Butcher has an intriguing collection of space ships and angry girls drawn on white hand-built forms. Dave Dobie is introducing more and more colour to his mugs and ...

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From Ashes to Art

June, Linda and I attended the opening of the latest show at the Gallery of BC Ceramics “From Ashes to Art” on Thursday May 4th. Luckily for you it will be up until May 27th but if perchance you can’t get in to Granville Island, take a look at some photos here.         Four artists who have been firing their work in Shadbolt Centre’s Wood kiln have assembled their best examples of this labour-intensive process: David Lloyd, Cheryl Stapleton, Dorothy ...

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David Robinson

A few weeks ago Vancouver ceramic artist David Robinson was the presenter for our April TriCity Potters’ meeting. David is a wildly popular teacher of children’s clay classes at Place des Arts, in Coquitlam and he says that working with children is a real pleasure. Adults, not so much. He gave us a charming presentation on his life so far, from a hippie childhood in then-remote Powell River, a first-in-his-family degree from Emily Carr U to his current shared studio in Vancouver’s ...

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April’s Raid

After a rather long gap, due mainly to my having a lingering viral throat something-or-other, we finally had three ‘Raiders’ here on Thursday. It was so good to spend the day catching up with artist friends. Mina Totino had three square plates to work on, Philippe Raphanel requested some large platters and new guest, Mina’s friend Michelle Normoyle chose to paint some oval plates and a couple of little triangular dishes.            Here are two photos to ...

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