Gallery Closing Party, and a Rooster

Life seems to be ‘on hold’ today, mainly because the forecast snowfall is happening. We were warned.. yesterday was a gorgeous sunny cold day and I made good use of it. This week’s creations dried over the previous night and I carefully transported all the finished plates and my jugbirds out to the kiln shed. It’s a bit of a worry because there was snow on the slope and the pots would not survive a slip! I turned the kiln on low and trundled out to buy groceries and bird ...

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My Playtime

After Christmas I wandered into my studio and noticed that I still had the remains of experiments with blue, red and white earthenware clay. I decided to just enjoy throwing with no need to embellish the surface of the few pots I made. Only now, after trimming to reveal the striations, bisque-firing and then glazing with the new, all-forgiving clear glaze can I see what I did. With only a hint of blue remaining in this mix, the strata remind me of holidays in Arizona and New Mexico. The wide-mouthed ...

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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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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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