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Creek Clayworks is located in Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia. Studio potters Elaine Futterman and Mike Allegretti are dedicated to creating pottery of the highest quality. Their work is functional and decorative, a pleasure to use and a pleasure to look at.
The environment in which I live, on the edge of a continent where the Coastal range plummets into the Salish Sea, informs the imagery I carve onto my functional ware. Those that use my pieces share in the wonder and beauty of this amazing West Coast. I work with stoneware fired to cone 10 reduction.
Suzy is an Honours Graduate in Ceramics from Emily Carr University, formerly ECUAD. She is inspired both visually and spiritually from Ancient and Contemporary World Cultures. To this end, she has travelled extensively throughout North America, Europe and Cambodia, attending and leading master workshops, visiting ancient sites, museums and all that is enchanting.
Suzy creates to the rhythms of jazz ,tango and opera greats from her ceramics studio in Kitsilano and painting/exhibition space at 1000 Parker Street. She offers workshops to all ages (6-94 years) from her studios, at Arts Umbrella and art/travel workshops.
Suzy's art is exhibited, published, and collected locally and internationally.
Born and raised on the West Coast of Canada, an uninvited guest on the traditional, stolen territories of the Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations and on the land of the 11 Coast Salish Nations that hold Lasqueti Island as part of their territory, she divides her time between Vancouver and a small, off the grid island. Brant holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, a B.Ed from the University of British Columbia and an MFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
She is a founding member of the Speculative Art Collective, on the board of Duplex Artist Society and of EartHand Gleaners, and facilitates collaborative and independent residencies at Xwe’etay/Lasqueti Island Artist Residency and Field School.
A potter for over 40 yrs, I started teaching pottery at the Richmond Arts Centre in the mid 1980’s! I studied Ceramics at Northern Lights College, and eventually taught those same courses. I attended countless workshops from brilliant ceramic artists including Robin Hopper, Meira Mathison. A member of the Dawson Creek Potters Guild since 1977, I have loved teaching all ages and continue to do so!
Paisley Earth Studios
As a graduate of The Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1986, Elaine has spent 30+ years creating in clay. From public gallery installations to commercial gallery shows, portrait commissions to wall murals, soup bowls to flower vases, she continues her romance with this versatile medium.Through the years the constant in her work is her pursuit of joy and wonder.
Sharon Bussard Grove
Amelia Butcher graduated from Emily Carr University in 2013 and is a founding member of the Dusty Babes Collective. From 2015-2021 she lived and worked out of their communal studio, built by the late great Don Hutchinson, and has recently relocated to Vancouver. Her practice is based in clay, drawing and writing. She instructs classes and workshops in ceramics, sculpture and comic-making for all ages.
I take interest in round bulbous forms, geometric lines, rough textured surfaces contrasted with soft satin glazes. I am by no means accomplished, and there always seems to be so much to know in the world of ceramics, but I am eager to learn.
Amy Li-Chuan Chang received a Bachelor of business degree in Taiwan in 1980. She found her passion for art during her eight years working for the Cloisonné Company while studying ceramics in a private pottery studio. She received a Diploma of Studio Art from Capilano University, Vancouver, in 2003 and completed a BFA from The Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2007. She was awarded a full scholarship for the 2007 summer session at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, USA. Her work has been exhibited locally and internationally in solo and juried exhibitions.
Amy Li-Chuan Chang
I produce both functional ware and sculptural forms mindful of the examples from world ceramic cultures. As a contemporary artist, I draw inspiration and direction from working the clay, following and expressing its possibilities.
I see myself as a “primitive potter.” My soul is constantly drawn to organic, unique and natural substances. Over the years, I have experimented with wheel-thrown and refine clay pieces, only to be uninspired with the results. I gravitate back to what speaks to me – hand built, rugged pieces, decorated with oxides or by Raku firing, and finished with kelp woven edges and beach-combed treasures. Each piece is a unique celebration of the natural world around us.
Klaywerk Studio and gallery is located on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, a mere 40 minute ferry ride from Vancouver's mainland . The studio and gallery are open to the public by appointment and features the clay works of Liz de Beer - a must see if you are in the area and are interested in fine pottery. You will find beautifully crafted functional pottery as well as unique sculptural pieces, all inspired by Africa and the wonderful West Coast setting in which they were created.
Liz de Beer
Vancouver, Portside Studios
I began to work with clay in second year at the Vancouver School of Art, and have continued to work with clay in one form or another throughout my entire life. After graduation, I started a small clay studio and boutique called "The Claybin" on East Hastings. Shortly afterwards, I worked as a studio potter in Williams Lake for 11 years, and taught classes for Cariboo College as well. On returning to Vancouver, I was employed part time with SD#44. After retirement, I went to Capilano University to refresh my skills, and since then, I've worked from my own home and fired with soda and wood at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. I also paint with acrylics and oils.
To view Dorothy's work you can contact the artist to arrange a studio visit, or visit one of her frequent exhibitions and her work in the Eastside Cultural Crawl.
Anthony Dunlop was born in the year 2389 on the Romulan colony of Vask, a child of parents loyal to the Star Empire. By a strange sci-fi twist of fate, at the age of 8 he was stranded in the past on planet earth. Growing up in his new home of rural Alberta, he stumbled through the intricacies of late-stage capitalism and life in the 21st century. Unable to secure a way back to the future, he relocated to Vancouver in 2013. Anthony began his ceramic practice full time in 2017. After graduating from Emily Carr Ceramics in 2020 he found a way to rebuild the functional wares he saw as a child on his home planet in the 2390’s. Through clay and fire he brings those memories back to life, creating the antiques of the future.
An award-winning ceramic sculptor, Bev is inspired by nature and its beautiful imperfections.
Her hand-built, multi-fired artwork is part of private and corporate collections around the world.
Specializing in soft product design as well as ceramic architectural design and ceramic functional ware, Diane draws inspiration from the west coast’s endlessly changing beauty.