Upcoming Events

03May10

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

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