The first Fired Up! hosted by Robin Hopper and Judi Dyelle in their Metchosin garden, brought together 12 ceramic artists who shared a vision of more than just another pottery sale. It was to show the public the many diverse ways of working with clay by demonstration and exhibition.
The annual show is now a much anticipated tradition held at the Metchosin Hall, on the outskirts of Victoria.
Over the past 33 years, there have been a total of 23 core members of the Fired Up! group. The current core group consists of 11 of BC’s finest studio potters who continue to produce and exhibit exciting and innovative work.
Through the years the artists of Fired-Up! have been featured in many exhibitions across Canada and the USA, Some highlights include the 25th anniversary show at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo, Ont. which was then shown at Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery in London, Ont. In the last decade, they also exhibited at two NCECA Conferences, in Portland, Ore. and in Seattle, Wa.
Today, Fired Up! is the longest running ceramic exhibition group in Canada.