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Guest Artists 2023

Ayal Heinrichs

Ayal grew up on the west coast of BC, and her pottery is influenced by her love for the outdoors and a desire to make beautiful objects for daily routines. In 2020 she moved to Nelson where she completed a Certificate in Ceramics and apprenticed with local artists. She is currently pursuing a BFA at the University of Regina.

           Ellen Statz

Ellen was born and raised in the small coastal community of Campbell River. As the daughter of a commercial fisherman, she has a long and direct connection with the sea and with nature.

Sarah Leckie

Sarah is a ceramic artist living on Vancouver Island. She loves clay and designing pieces that tell stories. Each of her cups is thrown from porcelain on the wheel, and hand-painted with black slip. The fine line details of the characters and creatures are made by carving through the black to the porcelain underneath. While Sarah repeats many of her characters, each piece is individually painted and is unique. She is curious to know what is even going on for each of these characters that come from her brush


Fired Up! 2024

Fired Up! 2024,  “Honouring 40 Years” 

May 25th and 26th, 2024 from 10 am – 5 pm.

2024 is a very important year for the Fired Up! show; as the longest running ceramic exhibition group in Canada, this spring they celebrate their 40th anniversary. In recognition of this impressive milestone, this year’s theme is “Honouring 40 Years” and will feature contemporary work from the current artists, as well as showcasing that off former group members.


Exhibition booths: 10 core members of Fired Up! plus showcasing that off former group members.

Vin Arora, Alan Burgess, Samantha Dickie, Sandra Dolph,  Peter Flanagan, Sandy Harquail, Gordon Hutchens, Cathi Jefferson, Meira Mathison, and Kinichi Shigeno.

For 2024, in honour of the anniversary, the group is adding a month-long show in the Cowichan Valley from April 5-May 2, as well as the usual weekend show in Metchosin, May 25-26.

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

Our Core Members

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.

Vin Arora

Vin Arora

Vin Arora
Vin Arora

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.

Techtonic Plate Series-Stoneware-2″x 11″x9″-2017

Vin Arora