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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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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Panel: Another China

After all the excitement of the Clay Symposium at Shadbolt Centre last month I’ve found that things have been quiet in the ceramics community lately. I’ll post photos of what I’ve been up to later. But I did go to the BC Potters Guild AGM on Monday March 20th at the Gallery of BC Ceramics and was happy to meet Ying-Yueh’s friend Juliane Shibata who teaches at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Juliane seemed to enjoy my new earthenware yunomis and purchased one ...

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Stephanie Jonsson

  When I was in the Gallery of BC Ceramics last Wednesday I was pleased to have a chance to see Stephanie Jonsson’s show ‘Spurious Synthetics’. It turned out to be the last week of her show, so this little blog will provide a glimpse of her sculptures for those who have now missed it. The next show ‘The Best of BC’ of work by BCPG members opens next Thursday.   Stephanie lives in Edmonton, Alberta now but was out here at ECU to earn her MFA and to teach ...

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