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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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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Pierre’s First Raid

On the first day of August Eric Metcalfe, Renée Van Halm and first-time Raider, Pierre Coupey showed up for a day of plate-painting. As I glazed their work today, I realized that was over two weeks ago. In the meantime Al and I spent an eventful nine days over on Vancouver Island.   It was good to have two seasoned plate painters here on Pierre’s first ‘Raid’. Eric, of course, has painted tens of plates and platters over many years, and it was in Renée’s recent show ...

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