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With ‘clay’ at the centre of my journey, the unique and sometimes bizarre education opportunities that have presented themselves to me over the years have allowed me a freedom of expression in all that I do creatively. It has kept the joy and passion of exploration first and foremost to this day. My Art Education comes not from a formal institution but from a lifetime of serendipitous encounters.
(Marshall-Inman Gallery and Studios)
Living in our wonderful new studio space, overlooking the Chilliwack River, I am so fortunate to be able to work in a studio surrounded by inspiring mountain views and gardens, hawks, eagles and herons. With the noise of the river flowing through the studio, and family always close by, this time spent with clay brings great joy and fills my heart.
Gillian McMillan combines a true love for birds, a fine eye for colour, hands which have learnt to mould clay, and a free-flying imagination ready to form a bird into a jug, or a jug into a bird. Either way, the combination of bird form and jug shape is without pretence.
2012 BFA, Emily Carr University.
My name is Madelaine Mongey and I am a ceramic artist based in Vancouver, BC. I graduated from Emily Carr University of Art & Design in 2013, where I studied drawing and never touched clay. I began making pottery in 2016 and I haven't stopped since. All of my forms are designed to have contemporary profiles and are finished with simple yet intriguing glazes. The handmade individuality of my pots makes each one a pleasure to use on a day to day basis.
Margit Nellemann creates one-of-a-kind functional and sculptural handbuilt ceramics.
There have been many hobbies, passions, and obsessions that have come and gone during my lifetime, but the clay has always been, and I hope will continue to be, a common thread.
I first discovered pottery in 1983 in Tokyo, attending a one-day workshop. I immigrated to Canada in 1995 and 4 years later I joined a pottery club (Aberthau Potters) And ever since I have been potting regularly. I enjoy making shapes using a wheel and sometimes by hand building. My pottery is mostly functional as I like to use them every day in the kitchen and on the table. I will be happy if many people enjoy using my pots as I do. Normally I fire my pots using an electric kiln (cone 6~7), occasionally I do gas firing (cone 10). Simple beauty, functionality and user friendliness are my motto.
I create high fired finials for the garden and home. My finials are inspired by bird and fish images I've imagined. Each finial is unique. They are stained with a red oxide and fired in a reduction gas kiln which gives them a slightly organic metallic finish. They are weather hardy but look at home whether in the garden or by the fireside. My collection is called Wings for Angels and is dedicated to children born with Angelman's Syndrome. These children, born with a variety of developmental disabilities, display a wonderful sense of happiness which infects all those lucky enough to know them. Hence "angels". $10 from the sale of each of these hand crafted finials will be donated to the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics.
Creating modern heirlooms for a handmade lifestyle. Focused on making simple, detailed wares with a vintage modern feel in hopes of injecting the mundane tasks of everyday life with a little warmth & mindfulness.
Jean Paull is a ceramic artist from the south coast of British Columbia. An explorer and experimenter with ceramic materials and processes, her work features narrative surfaces emphasizing text and imagery.
My clay art consists primarily of wheel thrown vessels. My search for a ceramics aesthetic revolves around using geometric primitives as form generators and the contrast between rough naked clay and smooth glossy glaze. I use Raku and cone 5 stoneware firing methods for my work as each provides unique opportunities for final colour and texture.
Eugene V. Radvenis
Tessa is a queer artist creating cute cat themed ceramics. They currently live and work in Vancouver, British Columbia, and can sometimes be found working behind the counter at Kingsmill Studio Shop on Granville Island. Coming from the flat prairies of Saskatchewan, Tessa journeyed to Vancouver in 2012, and attended Emily Carr University. During this time, they also apprenticed under the Poplar Studio, and worked at Catfé - Vancocuvers first Cat Cafe. In combining their love of clay and cats, Tessaramics was born! After graduating with a BFA in 2017, they journeyed to Nova Scotia and built their business for 3 years before returning to the West Coast late 2021 to continue to pursue their dreams.
Vancouver is located on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Emily Sheppard is an interdisciplinary artist and transplant from South Western Ontario. She is a proud graduate of the Beal Art Program in London, Ontario and has received a diploma in fine arts from North Island College as well as a BFA from Emily Carr University. A degree in the school of hard knocks likely too.
Pia grew up in the country and spent many hours exploring the outdoors where she came to appreciate the shapes, forms and textures found in nature. Though she always had an interest in working with clay, Pia did not take her first pottery class until high school. Following school, however, pottery was set aside in favor of travel. For the next 15 years, Pia traveled widely observing the use of clay and mud in the everyday life of cultures around the world, from architecture to vessels used to store water and food.
In the early 1990′s, Pia returned to pottery. Within a few years, she established a co-operative studio where the potters work independently but share equipment, materials, enthusiasm and support. Pia’s pottery is fired in a wood kiln, which creates unique effects that cannot be achieved or duplicated in any other way.
I developed an interest in playing in the mud as a child and in my early teens discovered that working with clay was intensely more satisfying.
Clay is a superbly malleable medium for creativity; its inherent nature inspires an interactive dialogue which can guide the direction of the work. I begin with a general concept and as I become involved in the making, this dialogue takes the lead. Most of my current work is completed through the combined techniques of hand building and wheel-work.
Kennedy Snider is a ceramic artist, jeweller, and creative. Recent works focus on using relief sculpture on functional vessels to tell stories of a fantastical, natural landscape. Kennedy holds a BFA from Emily Carr University where she focused in ceramics, and hopes to continue her clay education with an emphasis on atmospheric firings.
Kennedy creates in her studio in East Vancouver. New works can be found online, and in person at markets around the the lower mainland. Her website is www.WeMumbleshop.co for both jewelry and ceramics.
We Mumble Studio
Cheryl Stapleton is an artist, educator and pottery studio technician based in Vancouver and an alumna of Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She has managed the Roundhouse Pottery Studio since 1999 and the studio at West Point Grey since 2002. For over 20 years Cheryl has taught ceramics classes to both children and adults at Kwantlen University, the Surrey Arts Centre, the Vancouver School Board, and the Roundhouse and West Point Grey community centres.
Clay Addiction Studio
Marks of Fire