obvara-fired pot

Help us celebrate Arts & Culture days by coming to our Obvara firing demonstration on Sat., Sept 27, 2014 at the Vernon Community Arts Centre, Vernon, BC 10 – 3.  On Friday Sept 26th we will also be making bowls for the Arts Centre’s Empty Bowl fundraiser in March 2015.


Woohoo!  We’ve solved the mystery of the beautiful-glaze-gone-ugly!  Thanks to some sleuthing, detective work and trial and error done by Jenny and David, we’re happy to say we’ve got our OR glaze back!  All we had to do was substitute the Potash Feldspar for Soda Feldspar.  That’s it!  You can read the original post on this problem here.

So here’s a huge sigh of relief to getting one of our favourite glazes back.

CALL TO ARTISTS in the Vernon, BC area.

The Vernon Community Potters, a member group of ACNO, is hosting an exhibition at the VCAC, February 7-March 4, 2011 entitled Dishes for Dishes.  Potters will be working with local chefs to produce dishes to meet their specific menu requirements.  We are inviting other artisans and artists to join us in this BC Festivals event.

We are inviting you all – painters, woodworkers, glass workers, textile people, all media – to help us to fill the Arts Centre with a wealth of art and craft to celebrate the theme of Dishes for Dishes and local food.  There will be a fancy opening reception.  Most works will be for sale.  Many other events and shows will take place in the Vernon area during this festival month.

We have received funding for advertising and promotion and expect this to be a premier event.  This is a major opportunity for all of us so please keep this event in mind when planning your new works.  All media are welcome and must be checked into the Centre NO LATER THAN February 4th, 12:00 noon.

The opportunity is open to artists in the Vernon area.

The reception will be held on Wednesday, February 16, 6:00-8:00 pm.

We posted this on the Ceramics Daily forum, but have posted it here too, in case someone who has a good idea comes across it.  Please feel free to comment!

Our Orange Red – OR cone 6 glaze recipe is now turning out a very sad, plain brown.  The recipe is
Potash Feldspar – 46.7%
China Clay – 4%
Bentonite – 2%
Bone Ash – 15%
Lithium Carbonate – 4%
Talc – 16.9%
Fling – 11.4%

Red Iron Oxide 11.5%

Does anyone know if the make-up of any of the ingredients has changed or what might be the problem for us?  The firing is taking almost 15 hours and we are allowing a natural cooldown.  The cones (5, 6 & 7) were all totally bent.  Someone told me that this may not actually be an overfire but is possibly that the firing took too long.  May timing be the problem?  In the last firing we had one piece that was sprayed with an old mix of the glaze and it turned out ok but the new mix did not

June 29th, 9:30-12:30 at the Vernon Community Arts Centre in Polson Park, Vernon.

Burt Cohen, executive director of Potters Without Borders, will give a slideshow on the PWB and also do a demo on the Japanese style of throwing.

$20 (members)

$30 (non members)

More information on Burt Cohen and PWB can be found at http://www.potterswithoutborders.com

Upcoming Events


Well, it’s been a while since we posted last… So, in the spirit of catching up, here are two events we think any visitors to our site would be interested in knowing about.  Gale Woodhouse, one of our members, will be showing the work she produced during her residency at the Vernon Community Arts Centre for the month of May.  The opening promises to be a great time (and I can tell you that the exhibition is engaging, exiting and inspirational!). The special workshop is definitely of interest to our members, too. It’s through the VCAC, so get in touch with them to sign up.

  • Recollections; Artists in Residence Gale Woodhouse and Robin McDonald show work produced during their residencies all through the month of May in the Centre Gallery @ VCAC.  This exciting and engaging show consists of a collection of textured landscape images in clay by Woodhouse and mixed media assemblage by McDonald. The opening reception will be held Friday, May 7th, 6:00-8:00 pm.  All are welcome and the artists will be in attendance.
  • Special Workshop @ VCAC ~ Don’t miss out! Simple Pleasures in Clay with Jim Etzkorn. June 7-11, Monday-Friday 9:30 am -4:30 pm. Mem $365/ Non $375.  An intensive and interactive week-long workshop full of demo, discussion and hands-on practice, focus will be on form, decoration and technique.  Covering cylinders, vertical forms, lidded containers, plates and bowls, students will examine the relationship between surface and form while experimenting with decorating techniques, altering forms and assembling component parts.  Experience the joy of making functional pots with Jim Etzkorn. As this is a special workshop, we require registrations by May 21st. http://www.vernonarts.ca

About Jim Etzkorn Jim has been a studio potter and educator for more than 30 years. He is a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design. In addition to his formal education he participated in the residency programs at the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. For more than 20 years Jim has lectured and taught at numerous colleges and art organizations throughout Canada while maintaining a busy and successful studio practice. His work is represented nationally.

Jim Etzkorn’s Bio I have been making functional and decorative pottery for more than 30 years. Within my studio practice I am able to express personal, artistic, and intellectual concerns. During my formative years my psyche was shaped by a daily ritual Catholic routine, as well as a variety of childhood experiences with nature. Ceremonial vessels used in the mass created a subtle awareness that is unconsciously infused throughout out my years of creativity. Patterns, textures, and forms derived from nature bear direct influence during my years of forming objects.  I make both symmetrical and asymmetrical forms from stoneware and porcelain fired in a gas reduction atmosphere to 1300 °C. All the work is thrown on an electric potter’s wheel. The asymmetrical pieces are altered in various ways with hand built elements added. The forms are simple to allow pattern, texture and colour to define the surface. These elements compliment, exaggerate, and embellish the form of the vessel. Carving or using a resist between layers of glazes are techniques that enhance the surfaces. Influences from ceramic antiquity, and ideas arising from the process and contemporary thought contribute to the formation of work as well. I make work that I want to embrace, enhance, and celebrate the rituals of daily living. The integration of handmade pottery in the preparation of food, service, and decoration honours and elevates the common routine. www.etzkornpottery.com

The Vernon Community Potters is a brand new group for everyone and anyone interested in pottery near Vernon, BC, Canada.  We meet at the Vernon Community Arts Centre in Polson Park.  Interested in joining us? We’ll have contact info up soon.  We hope to meet you!

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