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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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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“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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