Exhibition booths: 8 core members of Fired Up! Samantha Dickie, Sandra Dolph, Mary Fox, Gordon Hutchens, Cathi Jefferson, Meira Mathison, Kinichi Shigeno, and Pat Webber.
Special guest artists: are Sarah Leckie, Charmian Nimmo and Cathy Terepocki
Our annual show is a much-anticipated tradition eagerly awaited for by Ceramic enthusiasts and collectors. It is held on the last weekend of May, yearly, at Metchosin Hall, on the outskirts of Victoria.
Metchosin Community Hall 4401 William Head Rd Metchosin, BC V9C 3Y6 Phone: 250-590-5744
Over the past 36 years, there have been a total of 23 members of the Fired Up! group. The current core group consists of people who continue to produce and exhibit exciting and innovative work.
A self taught potter, inspired by a deep love of animals and nature, I’ve been making functional work for many years and have recently ventured into sculpture. I work as part of the Kingsmill Pottery on Granville Island and maintain my own home studio in Vancouver as well.
Throughout my life I have been fascinated by the design process. My experiences as a child making tree forts, dress-up costumes and mud pies, in many ways influences how I pursue ceramics today. I use clay like a seamstress uses fabric, cutting patterns with curves and darts to change the shape and form. I envision my pots as pieces of architecture, always striving to create stable structures out of the pliable material all the while finding a balance in function and form. Each time as the clay is transformed from lifeless slabs to volumetric forms there is an excitement, a breath, an inhalation that I find nowhere else.
I began my exploration of ceramics in high school in small town St. Clair, Michigan in an independent study program. Through this program I discovered a love of clay that led me to pursue the arts at Eastern Michigan University. Looking back at my youth I see the influences of creative people all around me. My father, a finish carpenter, is a precision craftsman. My grandmother created slip cast porcelain wares and dolls. My Mother was always pursuing one craft project after the other. It was inevitable that I would become a maker of some kind.