Ceramics News

Just the other day BC potters received very sad news from the BC Potters Guild board’s president, Laura Carey. It has been decided that, due to falling numbers of customers at our gallery and ever-increasing rent, the Gallery of BC Ceramics will close at the end of February. The same email invited us to last Thursday’s opening for past-president Jinny Whitehead’s solo show. It will be the last show there, and it’s fitting that Jinny’s work is featured. Sadly I had a ...

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Raided Again!

There hasn’t been a ‘Raid’ in my studio since December but I knew there were folks just waiting for me to get some more slab plates made for another painting get-together. During January I enjoyed myself throwing some off-the-hump yunomis, some three-colour pieces and half a dozen stoneware pots. The latter were triggered by Fredi Rahn’s January talk to Tri-City Potters when she discussed clay, slips and process for our scheduled soda firing in April. But I did also start ...

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Baskets in Mud

  Back in 1973 Alan and I hiked with our newborn son Steve three miles out to Ozette Archaeological site and camped there with the crew. Ozette is on the remote North-Western tip of Washington State, on the Pacific Coast of the Olympic Peninsula. Al had met one of the crew members, Dale Croes, when they were on a dig in Prince Rupert, BC in 1969 and Dale had invited us to come and see the amazing year-round work that was taking place at Ozette. What impressed me was the fact that the excavation ...

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‘Meatspace’ & ‘Paraphernalia’

For the last three months local ceramics whiz-kid Brendan Lee Satish Tang has been an artist-in-residence at Burrard Arts Foundation, as well as teaching Foundation Ceramics at Emily Carr U. He is currently showing the resulting work in the BAF Gallery at 108 East Broadway, Vancouver along with fellow artist Lucien Durey. The Opening Reception was on Thursday January 11th, one of those truly dreadful rainy Vancouver Winter evenings, so I opted instead to go to a talk given by the two artists on Saturday ...

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Vancouver Mural Festival

            After I had attended the two artist’s talks at Burrard Art Foundation on Broadway last Saturday I noodled around Main Street for a while. I’ve been looking for a chance to see some of the local murals. They really are a charming way to brighten up bare brick or concrete walls. IMG_5114 IMG_5113-4 Some are almost a block long so I used the video capability on my iPhone to capture a couple of them.               Now ...

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