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Fired Up! – Postponed to 2022

Studio Visit Pre​view for Fired Up! Ceramic Artists: Contemporary Works in Clay, The Shape of the Wild.

Postponed due to Covid, come see us  May 28th & 29th, 2022 from 10 am – 5 pm.

​When Fired Up! core group and special guests reinvent the Shape of Wild. The 36th annual show and sale at Metchosin Community Hall, 4401 William Head Road.

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Exhibition booths: 10 core members of Fired Up!  Samantha Dickie, Sandra Dolph, Mary Fox, Gordon Hutchens, Cathi Jefferson, Meira Mathison, Kinichi Shigeno, Sandy Harquail, Vin Arora 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.

Our Core Members

Charmian Nimmo

Charmian Nimmo

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.

Sandy Harquail

​​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.