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Fired Up! 2023

Fired Up! 2023,  Smoke & Fire. 

May 27th and 28th, 2023 from 10 am – 5 pm.

A collaboration of crafted design and the effects of wood and smoke firing will be on display this year at Fired Up! Members are embarking on a four day firing at Gordon Hutchens’ Denman Island Pottery to bring you their latest creations caressed by the flames of the firing.  We look forward to seeing everyone again this May.


Exhibition booths: 9 core members of Fired Up! plus 3 guest artist.

Vin Arora, Alan Burgess, Samantha Dickie, Sandra Dolph,  Sandy Harquail, Gordon Hutchens, Cathi Jefferson, Meira Mathison, and Kinichi Shigeno.  This years guest artists are Ayal Heinrichs, Sarah Leckie, and Ellen Statz.

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

Samantha Dickie working in her studio in Victoria.Over the past 37 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

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.

Tea Bowl Anagama
Tea Bowl Anagama
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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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
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
Tel: + 01 (250) 539-5814
Website: www.sandradolph.com
Email: sandradolph.1@gmail.com


April-October:  noon-5

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

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