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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.
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.