To Teach, To Learn, To Share

Holiday Profile – JoAnne Connell-Northey

Promo rack card for JoAnne Connell-Northey

“I have been able to enjoy making pottery for many years.  My main focus is functional pottery, which is ovenproof and dishwasher safe.  I also enjoy making decorative raku pottery and sculpture.

Living on a farm allows me to appreciate the peaceful countryside, beautiful old barns, the wildflowers, and the many lakes in this area, which I often portray on my pottery.  Family, friends and travel are all very important to me.”

Come see JoAnne’s as well as almost 30 other potters in this coming weekend’s annual sale – Nov 29-Dec. 1.

Bowl with painted farm scene - JoAnne Connell-NortheyMetallic green raku piece - JoAnne Connell-Northey

Holiday Profile – Priya Harding

Promo rack card for Priya Harding

Priya first trained informally in the late 1970s, in high-fire porcelain. Soon after, she set up her own studio, to make wheel-thrown mid-fire porcelain and stoneware.

Throwing and working on brushwork and sgraffito designs are her pottery loves. Years and workshops later, Priya still finds much to explore. She is currently building on work she began while part of FUSION’s 2016-17 Creative Directions program to bring colour to her pieces.

Priya’s work was among those selected for the 2018 Kawartha Potters Guild juried exhibition at the Art Gallery of Peterborough. Creating functional pieces that are a pleasure to hold, look at, and use continues to be her primary goal.

Only a few more sleeps now until the sale and we know Priya and the rest of our potters are in a frenzie to get everything finished.  We look forward to seeing you next weekend!

Large white bowl with painted poppies - Priya HardingTall black and smoke blue tumbler - Priya Harding

Holiday Profile – Jo Ryan

Promo rack card for Jo Ryan

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 – Darlynne Colmer

In her own words: “Simply stated…my pieces are organic, sculptural and functional and I continue to explore this theme”.  Darlynne has been creating unique work since she first joined the Guild and her form and decorative techniques have continued to mature in really spectacular ways.  Come join us at our annual Holiday Sale and see her new work and the variety of offerings from our other potters.

3 footed pedestal bowl in light blue & cream - Darlynne ColmerTall 3 footed bowl in textured black and green - Darlynne Colmer


Holiday Profile – Darlene Malcolm-Moran

Promo rack card for Darlene Malcolm-Moran

Darlene Malcolm-Moran enjoys marbling a variety of clays and layering her glazes on the simple clean forms she throws. Beauty, form, function, and fine craftsmanship are equally important to every piece of pottery she has created since graduating from Sheridan’s College Ceramics/Design in 1976. Her functional stoneware pottery is a pleasure to use and is food, oven, and dishwasher safe.  Darlene has been involved with the Guild for many years and currently teaches a very popular advanced class.

Blue & yellow decorated plate - Malcolm-MoranCovered jar with blue glaze and cracked textured treatment - Malcolm-MoranSet of gold and amber bowls - Malcolm-Moran

Holiday Profile – Carole & John Bandurchin

rack card promo for John & Carole Bandurchin

“We make pottery that is both functional and decorative, and some pieces that are primarily decorative. Carole has been a potter since 1979 and John began making pieces in 2000.  Most pieces are thrown and we also do hand building and extruding. We were accepted into the KPG Juried exhibition at the Peterborough Art Gallery in the fall of 2018”.

Black round vase - BandurchinGreen and black lidded boxes - BandurchinBlack pitcher and matching goblets - Bandurchin

Holiday Profile – Lillian Forester

rack card promo for Lillian Forester
Joining a neighbour at a pottery class has led Lillian to a lifetime love of clay.  She works only with porcelain clay after taking a week-long workshop with renowned ceramic artist Harlan House.  She enjoys the colours achieved by using a white clay.  Adding a little texture or some carving picks up surface details when her work is glazed.  It is always fun opening up the kiln. 

Lillian also plays a vital role, as a volunteer and key founder of the guild. Last year she was recognized with a Lifetime Honorary Membership award.

grey celedon sgraffito bowl - ForesterBlue plate with cheese knife - Forester
Blue plate and mug set - Forester

Holiday Profile – Maureen Reed

holiday rack card for Maureen Reed

Maureen began working in pottery about fifteen years ago, after taking some courses offered at her local visual arts center. She enjoyed both the medium and the company of other potters. Over time, she realized that pottery was stress reducing and offered opportunities for creativity. Maureen now has her own small home-based studio where she prefers wheel work to create functional pots (bowls, plates and mugs). She has taken courses in pottery at the Haliburton School of the Arts and has taken advantage of the great workshops and courses offered by the Kawartha Potters’ Guild.

speckled bowl with rim decoration - Reedangel and bell holiday decorations - Reed









3 mugs in gold with blue - Reed

Kawartha Potters' Guild