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Holiday Profile – Jo Ryan

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In her own words: “I was an Arts Educator for 33 years. I have honed my craft both in the classroom and in workshops under the guidance of many gifted potters. I work in slab, treating the clay like a piece of paper where I manipulate shapes, textures and eventually colour to create surface tension, rhythm and for the most part, informal balance.  At that point I consider function and complete the vessel.”

Jo will be joining our other potters at our Holiday Sale.  Come visit us and find out why our sale is a Peterborough tradition.

Green divided chip/dip platter - Jo RyanDk blue oval tray with handles - Jo RyanSquare green textured plate - Jo Ryan

Holiday Profile – Ginny Clark

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Ginny’s Practical Pots

“I have been admiring and collecting pottery for over 45 years. Three years ago, I decided to try my hand at creating my own pottery. I quickly realized that it’s not as easy as it looks! I am following a journey of learning, creating and experimenting. I have gone from being completely surprised at how well something has turned out, to becoming more confident at designing and decorating my own pieces. I am having a great time crafting unique, functional items for everyday use.

I am looking forward to learning more decorating techniques, experimenting with new designs and skills, and incorporating them into my own creations.”

3 mugs decorated with queen anne's lace imprint in different coloursyellow glazed tablet holder

three legged plant potlace imprint sink brush holder

Holiday Profile – Dan Hill

My current focus as an artist/craftsperson in the 21 st century is to act as a counterbalance to the sterile, poorly designed machine made products that surround us in our daily lives.

With my functional pottery I combine contemporary design and decoration within a historical context in an attempt to bring a sense of ceremony and humanity into the
user’s everyday life. My One-of-a-Kind vessels push the boundaries of form and function but as with the functional work retain the marks of the maker, the process and the fire.

Soda Firing highlights all of the handcraft processes and leaves a visual imprint of flame and soda vapour movement within the kiln. When all goes right in this potters
world the imprint of the fire animates the ceramic surfaces and breathes life into my
work.”

We love Dan’s soda fired pottery! You can find his works and those of other potters at our upcoming Holiday Pottery Show & Sale starting Nov 30th!

 
Rectangular tray with colourful glaze painting - Dan HillDan Hill painting a teapotCanoe shaped boat in light green - Dan Hill
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Holiday Sale Profile – Brenda Sullivan

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Brenda’s creations are based on natural elements that pre-date recorded history. Dragons, Mythology,
and a touch of Art Nouveau are found in a variety of pieces that Brenda creates. She has both feet firmly
planted in the ceramics world, one in funk-tional, the other in sculpture.

Brenda continues to expand her repertoire , testing new forms and ideas. She will continue to grow her
new series “Jelly Bean Row Pots” based on the colourful houses from her Newfoundland origins. Nature
inspired sculptures are always on the horizon of possibilities.

You will find Brenda’s and 27 other potters’ work at our Annual Holiday Sale, November 29 – December 1, 2019 at our Talwood location.

 

East Coast Dory by Brenda SullivanBlue dragon teapot by Brenda SullivanFish painted on a platter by Brenda Sullivan

Brenda Sullivan

brenda sullivan teapot

Brenda’s new line of pottery was inspired by the “Jelly Bean Row” houses from her home town, St. John’s NF. The pots are sturdy, functional and fun , just like Newfoundlanders!

 

Tanya Couch

Tanya Couch white mug with blue elephant

Tanya loves to travel and often finds inspiration in the exotic patterns and vibrant colours of South East Asia. Her most recent works fuse textile designs from western India with traditional glazes from Vietnam and Cambodia.

Helen Vanya

Helen Vanya's burgundy raku fired pot

A graduate from Sheridan College, majoring in ceramics and design, Helen Vanya has her studio under the name of Forma Pottery.  It is located in Havelock, Ontario.

She works with Cone 10 Porcelain, and her Raku, functional and decorative pieces are fired in a reduction kiln.  She is a popular potter at our annual shows.

Melanie Daniels

Melanie Daniel's white covered casserole dish

Melanie Daniels loves handmade items and after touching clay was hooked. Clay has certainly been the most challenging and exciting medium that she has worked with. The idea of starting with a piece of clay and ending with a teapot, bowl, or other piece of pottery is very appealing. 

Pottery lends itself beautifully to someone who wants to try new things.

Jetta Schega

Jetta Schega brown sculptural piece

Jetta Schega has been a member of KPG for a few years now and entered her first Christmas sale with us in 2017.  This was one of the sculptural pieces she had available for sale that year.

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