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

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Cheryl Coture Campbell River Potter

Featured Potter Cheryl Coture

Cheryl Coture, is a local potter from the Comox Valley who has been creating since 1998. Her work can be found in galleries throughout Vancouver Island including the Crow’s Nest in Campbell River.

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When did you first start creating pottery?
I started in my grade 12 year in high school in 1998, we had a brand new school (Timberline) with a brand new studio and Jack Jackovich teaching. I went on to get my fine arts diploma in Vancouver and then did it on and off for many years till I finally got set up with a home studio 8 years ago.

Do you have a studio?
Yes, it’s my home garage and it’s not fancy but it does the job and I keep doing little things to make it more pleasant…I have french doors instead of garage doors now and a gas fireplace.

Do you at times open it to the public?
No… maybe one day but it’s not very big and still has garage things in it like tools and hockey gear.

Will you be selling your pieces at any markets or galleries this year?
The odd market, I’m signed up for the downtown street market in Courtenay but I mostly display and sell in stores now. My work can be found in: The Crows Nest in Campbell River, Be in Courtenay, Alcove in Qualicum as well as locations in Parksville, Nanaimo, Tofino and Ucluelet.

What do you enjoy about being a member of the Comox Valley Potters Club?
Well up till now I haven’t been able to be as active as I’d like since I still have a kid at home, I make a few meetings a year and the sales but having a little community is great and I’m looking forward to this coming year when my youngest is in school. I hope to make more meetings and take finally take advantage of workshops and the salt kiln.

What would you say to someone considering purchasing your pottery as a gift for someone?
Regardless of it being mine when you buy a local piece of art you’re supporting a person, promoting the arts and buying a piece of someone’s time. In the time of dollar stores artisans appreciate those who choose to shop local and pay for the amount of work that has gone into each piece.

Don’t expect too much from yourself too soon, it can be a slow learning curve. Appreciate the process and nice pieces will happen eventually.” ~ Cheryl Coture’

Cheryl Coture
Campbell River, British Columbia

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Throwing Skills workshop

Algys, John and Craig have agreed to mentor a throwing workshop for club members on April 17 at the college. They will be available to help with what ever members want to work on, or can demo if folks are wondering how specific forms are made.

The shifts, depending on participation, will be :
10 am to approx. noon
Break for lunch until 12:30
12:30 to approx. 2:30.

If members can please contact Leah ( directly with what you might be wanting help with, I can group like minded people together, and can prepare the mentors.

Also let me know first and second choice for time slots. It will be first come first reserved.
Hoping to have up to 10 people per shift.

Silent auditing will be allowed.

Thanks all

Robin Hopper Bursary for Ceramic Arts

Robin Hopper Bursary for Ceramic Arts

The Potters Place Gallery began this bursary for students and makers of Ceramic Arts in March 2017 in honor of Robin Hopper.

Each year a bursary will be awarded to a qualified recipient for use in ceramic studies, workshops & research & development etc.,  all in the realm of clay/ceramics.

You can donate to this bursary or learn more about how to apply at the Potters Place Website.

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