Category Archives: Artist Profile

Gordon Hutchens

Denman Island, BC

Gordon Hutchens

Gordon’s work shows a long developing exploration of form texture and colour. He mixes together natural minerals and chemical elements and thru the art of complex firings, where subtle nuances in the character of the flame can make a dramatic difference, he brings these glazes to life.

Organic Iridesence
Organic Iridesence

Here is an expression of balance, not just physical, but the balance between control and spontaneity, traditional and contemporary, technique and creative thought.

Vase
Vase
Lustre
Lustre
Tea Bowl Anagama
Tea Bowl Anagama
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Fired Up 2014

Gordon Hutchens
4031 Wren Road
Denman Island, BC V0R 1T0
Phone: 250-335-2409
Email: hutchens@telus.net
Website: http://www.gordonhutchens.com/

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Meira Mathison

Victoria, BC

 Meira Mathison

Meira Mathison has maintained a studio, Dancerwood Pottery in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada for over 35 years. For the past 30 years she has conducted workshops throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Canada, U.S.A., England and Mexico.

Nestled teapot
Nestled teapot

Meira exhibits her unique high-fire altered porcelain though art shows, Dancerwood Pottery, and galleries throughout Canada and the United States.  Her work has been featured in many magazines and publications including:

  • “Clay and Glazes” – Daniel Rhodes
  • “500 Bowls”, “500 Cups”, “500 T-Pots”, “500 Pitchers” – Lark Publications
  • “Pots in the Kitchen” – Josie Walter, England
  • “Making Marks” – Robin Hopper
  • “Ceramic Spectrum” – Robin Hopper
  • “The T-Pot Book”, A & C Black – Steve Woodhead, England
  • “The Spirit of Ceramic Design” – Robert Pipenburg
Woodfire Cruet Set
Woodfire Cruet Set

Meira was the Executive Director for the Metchosin Int’l School of the Arts for over 22 years, recently stepping down to spend more time in her studio.  She still coordinates the ceramic program for the school.

Rabbit Dish
Rabbit Dish

Victoria is known as “The Garden City”. The temperate climate of mild year round temperatures and westcoast rain forest humidity provides a perfect medium for the green lush gardens, abundant with flowers.  Meira grew up surrounded by flowers and a large expanded family. These three baskets reflect this influence – closeness, abundance, dance, lushness.

Rain Dancers
Rain Dancers, 35cm 15cm x 75cm

Meira Mathison
Dancerwood Pottery
Website: www.meiramathison.com

Sandra Dolph

Galiano Island, BC

Cedar Grove Pottery

Sandra has known since she was 17 that she wanted to spend her life working in clay.  To that end, she obtained a BS in Art Education from New York State University College, and when she graduated she taught ceramics at the Adirondack Center for the Arts. As well, she owned and operated a pottery gallery in upstate New York where she sold her first ceramic wares.

Sandra Dolph's gallery
Sandra Dolph’s gallery

After immigrating to Canada in 1974 and “living the dream” of building a back-to-the-land homestead in the Rockies near Jasper, Sandra taught and ran a clay studio specializing in salt/woodfired pottery.

In 1989, she relocated to Galiano Island, British Columbia, where she has spent the last two decades making a home for her small family and establishing her studio and gallery set within beautiful red cedars. She has also hosted and presented numerous workshops which have focused on various pottery techniques such as throwing, handbuilding, raku firing, and most recently, ceramic wall landscape/seascape reliefs.

Panel Box
Panel Box

Currently, an important aspect of her work in the ceramics field has to with apprentices: Each summer she hosts a new student, to whom she can pass on her knowledge of clay, business, and gardening.

Standing Stone
Standing Stone, 24″ Tall

Sandra’s visits to Japan began in 1998, where she studies, makes pots and meditates in a Zen Buddhist temple.  Her ongoing studies with her teacher, Shodo Harada Roshi, is an extremely important part of her life, offering her the foundation for all her artistic undertakings.

Lichen glaze teapot
Lichen glaze teapot
Fired Up, 2014
Fired Up, 2014
Fired Up, 2014
Fired Up, 2014
Sandra Dolph seascape
Seascape
Cedar Grove Pottery
Cedar Grove Pottery

Sandra’s work is presented in various galleries throughout Northwestern Canada, the US and Japan.

As well, each summer on the August long weekend, she hosts a major show at her own Cedar Grove Gallery during Galiano’s Annual Art Tour.

Cedar Grove Gallery

9720 Porlier Pass Drive
Galiano Island, BC V0N 1P0
Canada
Tel: + 01 (250) 539-5814
Website: www.sandradolph.com
Email: sandradolph.1@gmail.com

Hours

April-October:  noon-5

Off-season:  call ahead to make sure she is there

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Alan Burgess

Fanny Bay, Vancouver Island

 Alan Burgess

In the process of making his pots, Alan Burgess contemplates the grace of line, the elegance of form and the intrinsic beauty of ancient Greek, Chinese and European ceramics.

 Ancient Series 1
Ancient Series 1

Never being comfortable with relying solely on the glaze to enhance the work, he feels compelled to interact with the surface. He applies bold brush decoration, or draws into the surface designs and patterns which speak of ancient mythology and symbolism.

 

Ancient Series 2
Ancient Series 2
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Fired Up 2014
Blue vase salt
Blue vase salt
Fired Up 2014
Fired Up 2014

 

Alan Burgess
S-5, C-15A 6621 Walker Road
Fanny Bay, BC V0R 1W0
Email: alburgpotter@yahoo.ca

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