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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“Two for Joy !”

Keith Lehman and Carole Henshall are an item, have shared a studio and a home, are both potters and are in fact, married. They’ve worked together for Craft Fairs, as a team when it’s their turn to staff the Kingsmill Pottery shop and side by side in their shared studio space behind the Gallery of BC Ceramics, on Granville Island. But this is the first time they’ve planned a show in which every piece is a collaboration. We’ve seen Keith’s extraordinary wheel thrown ...

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Latest Jugbirds

Alan took photos of my most recent jugbirds when I took them out of the kiln last week. There is one brand-new design and some others have slight changes. Three were commissioned by someone from North Vancouver. She had seen that I made a Kingfisher to take to England and wondered if I had ever made a local version. I was pleased to find that our Belted Kingfisher is a fine teal colour with contrasting white breast and a band. Here is my Belted Kingfisher jugbird and a photo I used for inspiration.                 She ...

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NCECA in Seattle March 28-31

Now that the Christmas season is over and other people are back at work or school I’m quite content to be back in the studio. I’ve read the same sentiment from several artist friends on facebook. We look forward to family and celebrating time but actually enjoy solo time doing our chosen passion just as much.  My one photo was taken on Granville Island on New Year’s Eve. Alan and I were there to take in a matinee of the show ‘Blood Brothers’ at the Arts Club. Did not ...

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Granville Island

Yesterday was my day to deliver pots. Even though it was raining really hard I drove to the airport first. Normally I park near a Skytrain station and use transit to get to YVR but this time I needed my car to get on to Granville Island as well. I’m glad to have the airport supplied again – they’ve waited too long! These heavy suitcases were lying unclaimed in US Departures.. On Granville Island I was so pleased to meet up with Margaret Hsu in the Gallery of BC Ceramics. We met ...

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