Featured Potter: Bev Pather

BA Fine Arts-Emily Carr Institute of Art And Design

Bev Pather was born in South Africa and emigrated to Canada in 1990. For most of her life, she worked with youth, creating art programs to fulfill the creative needs of young people.  Art-making became a way of life for her.

“ creating art through exploration of cultural story-telling, opened my world of ideas and perceptions, beyond the norm. I wanted to tell my own story through art. I found clay to be a medium most appealing to my tactile and sensory experiences in the world.”


Her love for ceramics lead to the creation of the Birth series, a sculptural rendition of her experience of a woman giving birth in community with the support of her whole family.

“ giving birth to one’s children, a personal and intimate highlight of my life, also proved to be ‘political’.  A woman’s right to choose how and where she wanted to give birth, the rituals involved in ceremony of the birthing experience, all this, was a matter of life and death, hence the provocative stance I chose, to give birth with the guidance of a midwife and my family.”

Currently, she delves deeply in the physicality of the human body, focusing on the heart. She continues to push through the layers of matter, connecting metaphorically the bridge between mind and matter, reality and illusionary perceptions. The heart metamorphose into a teapot, once again bringing to the ”domestic’ table, conversations of heart-to-heart dialogue.

Her work can be accessed via her webpage:


Annual Studio Clearance Sale

Come join the Comox Valley Potter’s Club for our annual Clearance Sale! This is an opportunity for many of our members to clear out experiments, one offs, older inventory, and things that didn’t quite turn out the way we wanted. Many treasures to be found at good prices.
Come to the Driftwood Mall February 8th and 9th during mall hours and explore our ever changing stock–more will be put out throughout the sale, so you can check back to find new things!

Art Of The Fire – Mid Island Potters Annual Pottery Sale

Our mid island potter friends are having their sale this month Oct 28th please share and support.
A show and sale of a variety of pottery work. Each artist is set up and selling their own individual work. You will be amazed at the variety of glazes, styles and firing methods. Bring a friend and enter to win a select piece of pottery in our raffle.

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 11 AM – 5 PM
Parksville Community & Conference Center
132 Jensen Ave E, Parksville

Potters Place artist September is local potter Laurie Davis.

The Potters Place Gallery Feature and Guest Artists for September 2018

The Potters Place Gallery’s feature artist for the month of September is local potter Laurie Davis.

Laurie’s love of clay began over 40 years ago when she first threw on the wheel. In her work she explores our fragility as humans, as well as our need to communicate and understand each other and the Earth in which we live.  Every piece she makes is carefully thought out to be enjoyed.

The Gallery will also display the work of wife and husband Louise Card and Craig Rogers, as guest artists.

Louise uses very few tools and the simple methods of coil and/or slab building to produce thematically related vessels. Typically her pieces have many layers of washes/glazes and are fired in an electric kiln to cone 5 or 6.


Craig returned to pottery following a long culinary career. His ceramic work is thrown, functional and decorative, using multiple slip and over-glaze brushwork. His work takes a special interest in the connection between clay and food.

The Potters Place Gallery is located at the corner of 5th Street and Cliffe Avenue in downtown Courtenay. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information on the Gallery see us on Facebook, go to, or call (250) 334-4613.





Featured Potter Maeve Collins

Featured Potter Maeva Collins

Maeva CollinsPotter Maeva Collins lives in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island surrounded by the ocean, rivers, mountains and rain forest on a small acreage which allows her the freedom to pit fire and wood fire her creations.

Maeva specializes in unique burnished pit fired vessels with silky surfaces that beg to be touched. When creating her wood fired work, Maeva’s goal is to produce pieces that are unique and sophisticated in design with wonderful colour and texture when fired. In both cases she relies on the firing process to produce dramatic patterns that draw the viewer in.

When did you first start creating pottery?

Do you have a studio?

Do you at times open it to the public?
Yes, by appointment.

Will you be selling your pieces at any markets or galleries this year?
The Potters Place Gallery & The Pot Shop on Hornby Island. All other galleries are out of the Comox Valley.

What do you enjoy about being a member of the Comox Valley Potters Club?
Sharing my love for creating ceramic art.

What would you say to someone considering purchasing your pottery as a gift for someone?
I would explain the firing process and let them know how much I enjoyed creating it.

A Pottery related quote, idea, tip, or suggestion you would offer those considering learning your craft.
Don’t get attached to your creations; the next one will be better.

Maeva Collins
Courtenay, British Columbia
Studio: Flying Ash Pottery

FaceBook Page
Instagram Page