Jan Formby

Jan’s professional career in pottery began immediately after graduating from Kootenay School of the Arts in 1998. The school is now known as Selkirk College The Arts.

Coffee drinking and the art of coffee crafting was a big part of her college experience so it was a natural progression to start making mugs to sell in the Nelson coffee shop Oso Negro. Popular images include Canadian wildlife and sports themes inspired by the freshness and excitement of the Kootenays and Rockies of British Columbia’s pristine wilderness. From the bear came the moose, then a biker was requested, then a downhill skier and from there blossomed over 40 different images that fit so well into the Canadian nature market.

These mugs are made of high fired porcelain, glazed with nontoxic studio made glazes and for these reasons they are light weight and durable. Over 20 years of mug production from her solo studio lays claim to this. These personalized and often coveted mugs are also dishwasher and microwave safe.  These pieces are elegantly simple in form, with glazed surfaces in gloss and matt finishes.  High firing the porcelain body make these mugs durable and light weight.
For over 20 years these mugs have been welcome on kitchen tables across Canada and the globe.

Artist’s Hometown: Salmo, BC

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Muck About Pottery

I have been creatively “muckin’ about” in clay and stuff for about 20 years. My home studio allows me to operate in an environment that literally feeds me energy and now in my muckabout studio at the shop feeds another part of me i didn’t even know was there. Influenced by my garden, I am regularly inspired by the landscape around me and my love for cooking. I describe my work as mostly functional stoneware pottery with an eclectic style. Every piece is unique and contains hints of knowledge I’ve gathered at local art centres, classes with other ceramicists and even a touch of what I like to call “YouTube University”. I remain a dedicated member of both the Tri-City Potters Group and the Fraser Valley Potters Guild.

Artist’s Web Sitehttp://www.muckabout.ca/muckabout-pottery.html
Artist’s Hometown: Burnaby, AB

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Teresa Wyss Pottery

I create ceramic objects that reflect my love of nature, and items that give beauty to function in everyday life.

I am a self-taught potter for the most part; having taken the odd class to supplement my independent learning. I am currently a full-time studio potter.

The pots I create reflect the enjoyment I have for throwing, embellishing, creating and using. All of my pieces are wheel-thrown and altered in some way. I embellish my pots using the sgraffito method; I cover my pots with a coloured slip and then carve the colour away, leaving behind the pure clay texture – revealing the image. My inspiration for surface treatment comes from a love of nature.

I currently work from my studio in Calgary, where I live with my husband Nick, our son Rowan and two
daughters Charlotte and Samantha.

Artist’s Web Sitewww.teresawysspottery.com
Artist’s Hometown: Calgary, AB

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Stillpoint Pottery

Our pieces are thrown or hand-built, or a mixture of both. We take pride in making our own glazes; a mixture of pulverized feldspar, clay, silica, a flux and an oxide. Our work is high-fired to cone ten, or 2380° Fahrenheit, so that the finished object is unique, as well as kitchen and food safe. In an age of disposability we strive to create a product that will last for a lifetime and beyond.

We work individually and collaboratively often inspiring each other in new directions. We love what we do and It gives us great pleasure to know that others are able to use and enjoy the things we create.

Our studio and gallery are right next door to our home in the heart of the West Kootenays in the beautiful Slocan Valley of British Columbia, Canada.

Artist’s Web Sitehttp://www.stillpointpottery.ca
Artist’s Hometown: Slocan Park, BC

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Pridham Studio

Pridham Studio was founded by Nancy and David Pridham in the mid 90s. Now their daughter and son-in-law are continuing and expanding the business.

Jeremiah and Micah produce their distinctive line of pottery full-time at Pridham Studio. Owners since 2011, they have established themselves as a creative production team with Jeremiah as the potter and Micah as the painter.
Jeremiah throws a variety of shapes on the wheel including mugs, bowls and vases, with his mugs being their top selling items. He also makes a wide range of hand built slab pieces from small side plates to generously large serving bowls working in both earthenware and stoneware bodies. His pieces demonstrate his sensitive attention to detail and technical precision. He is keen to experiment as well as do production; a classic working artist.

Micah then paints each piece with beautiful glazes following the worldwide tradition of descriptive hand-painted pottery. Her patterns spring from their BC roots and feature landscapes, animals, and local scenes. Her “Community Pride” series is well known throughout galleries in western Canada—you will recognize the Big Orange Bridge in her Nelson patterns, the SS Moyie for Kaslo, and the snowy drifts and chairlifts in Whistler. She also does commissioned designs for individuals or corporations in her personal artistic and heartfelt style. Micah and Jeremiah also have a love for the subtlety of abstract design and simple colour and fill their gallery with these pieces as well.

Artist’s Web Sitehttp://www.pridhamstudio.ca
Artist’s Hometown: Creston, B.C.

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Caraway Pottery

Alice Hale, long time valley potter is largely self taught over thirty five years through reading and some wonderful workshops with “greats” like David Shaner, Joe Bova, Robin Hopper, Ed Bamling, and Les Manning.

Alice’s work is fired primarily in reduction, but she also works extensively with the Raku process, and on occasion, fires with sawdust smoke, in an electric kiln, or in a saggar in her gas kiln.

The reduction ware is mainly functional. She enjoys making pieces that will be used for years, becoming part of daily life and ritual. The forms are simple in style and simply decorated-if at all. Alice uses many glazes and is forever experimenting in colours and finishes. Patterns are frequently carved geometrics, or a leaf motif. Sometimes the work is finished only with slips and/or stains. The Raku pieces are one of a kind, decorative works-interpretations and reflections of her world.

And where does the inspiration come from? Alice has spent much time exploring the world around her. She has climbed and skied mountains, canoed rivers and lakes, hiked trails in all directions. The land has offered infinite textures and colours, patterns, and forms. Her travel in Britain, Europe, Turkey, Asia, South and Central America, the USA, and across Canada and the Arctic have brought her the rich world of art and culture. This has been a great inspiration.

Alice has solo shows at Pynelogs Cultural Centre, The Gallery Café and Meadowlands. Her work has won awards with the BC Festival of Arts and has traveled the East and West Kootenays with the Basins Best. In 2005 a sculptural work, “The Pearly Gate,” was juried into the 50th Anniversary of BC Potters show “Transformations” at the Burnaby Art Gallery.

Artist’s Hometown: Invermere, B.C.

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