A closer look at Vin’s artwork will reveal that it contains the spirit of an urban environ yet is fused with a profound respect for nature and the logic and mystery in materials. Any single work could reflect various energies like that of a folk festival, a hip-hop show, drag pageant, cartoon realities, dreamscapes, a political rally, or a silent retreat. His work derives colour, shape and texture from walks in the downtown east side as much as it does from contemplative hikes into the forest with his dog.
Vin Arora is a Vancouver based artist working and teaching in ceramics, exploring material as means of social cohesion and community building as well as a means of inward reflection. Vin attended the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (Now ECU) starting in ’96 and has worked in clay in Vancouver ever since. Vin has worked with many great teachers, artists and potters in Vancouver and also takes influence from travels in India and Britain.
Beth McMillan’s work, hand built in porcelain and earthenware, uses various techniques to achieve surfaces that are pleasing to touch or hold in the hand. Her pieces remind us of well worn pebbles collected on the beach or artifacts found on an archaeological site. She works out of her studio in Victoria, BC.
Pat Webber’s pottery shouts out her love of animals and narrative. Her beautiful pot forms are classic, functional, but altered to feature her storytelling creatures. The glazes range from intense greens and turquoises to earthy wood fired, ash wrapped russets and terra cottas.
She is currently working on a series called The Hare and The Hound, which explores this unlikely friendship. These days Hare and Hound deliver pots down river and across the ocean in boats. The frogs are the potters, amongst other things.
Pat Webber Pottery
425 Stewart Road
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2C4
“Original Artwork that Will Stand the Test of Time.”
Mary Fox’s innovative creations have established her reputation as a dedicated and exacting craftsperson in her field. Fox’s focus is on creating contemporary works based on classic lines and expressing the beauty and strength of pure form. She then creates unique glazes for her decorative works that can imbue the work with the look of unearthed antiquities. Beautiful form, exquisite balance and a sense of contained energy are hallmarks of her work.
She has received critical acclaim for her works that have been exhibited nationally and internationally.
This is one of my favorite pieces. It is decorated with a crawl glaze applied over a terra sigillata slip. I first started developing my crawl glazes in 1996, and what a learning curve it was! Crawl glazes are loaded up with a lot of extra clay. Clay shrinks as it dries and then shrinks even more when it is fired. This glaze beads up in the firing to reveal the slip underneath. The pieces with more than one colour of crawl glaze have been fired several times and had an additional application of glaze after each firing to create the multiple layers of colour.
“Pursuit of beauty is a constant in my life. It infuses everything I do. When working on vessels created to adorn our tables I derive pleasure from knowing that, through the subtle intimacy that grows from their daily use, these pieces will become treasures in people’s lives.”
Mary Fox Pottery, Gallery
Fox’s Gallery and studio are open year round to the public. She is prolific and exhibits regularly so there is always a large selection of both the functional and the decorative works to choose from. She walks her dog in the mornings, so mornings are by chance.