Can a Bird be a Mug?

With encouragement from staff at the Gallery of BC Ceramics I have made some bird mugs. Earlier this year I made a few mugs which were not any specific bird, just a jolly combination of greens with white chest and red spots. They have a little beak which is not a spout but otherwise take just as long to make and paint as my jugbirds do. I wondered if anybody would buy them if I priced them similarly. Now I have produced just two each of my popular Pileated Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers and ...

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Last Cone Standing

When I was in Circle Craft Co-op last Wednesday I saw that Friederike Rahn had just finished setting up a display of work by those Shadbolt Centre instructors and staff who have fired their work in the wood and soda kilns there.     Last Cone Standing is one of many ceramic shows all around the Lower Mainland which have been organized to coincide with the Shadbolt’s R:evolution Canadian Clay Symposium on March 18th.   I was particularly taken with little wood-fired flasks ...

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New Jugbirds.

My local galleries have been neglected lately so I’m pleased to have fired another group of jugbirds in with all the plates painted by my ‘Raiders’. Most of the birds will be delivered to the Gallery of BC Ceramics and to Circle Craft Co-op this week and I’ll drop off the plates at Eric’s home in the Western Front. But taking the time to go in to town is another day away from my studio and, oh no! the Vancouver Airport Crafthouse has ordered another ten! I mustn’t ...

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Seven new jugbirds

    There were seven of my jugbirds in that firing of all the plates. As Don Hutchinson and I chatted at the opening of ‘Two for Joy’ I asked him how he could be giving up making pottery after all these years. But after a career teaching at Langara and then continuing as a partner in Bob Kingsmill’s pottery shop for another decade after that, I think he feels his work is out there. He plans to continue with the less equipment-demanding pursuit of painting. Then I confessed ...

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August jugbirds

    Here are the other jugbirds that were fired in August. I’ve taken the Flicker, RB Sapsucker, little Blue jb and the taller dark grey one to Circle Craft, with the promise that I’ll get more to them soon! Then a staff member asked if I plan on making some more salty ones. Oh dear, now I’ll feel guilty taking my trip to England instead of throwing some more stoneware.         The English Green Woodpecker, the Puffin, Eagle and Kingfisher are planned ...

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