This year, the annual Cedar and Yellow Point Artisans’ Christmas Tour will start at JoVic Pottery. The tour starts on November 19th and runs for a full five days through to and including Sunday, November 23rd. We’ll have lots of extra brochures for those of you who have yet to get your hands on one. It’s an exciting tour, and the brochure provides a terrific map to assist you on this self-guided foray into the studios and gift shops of the members of this arts association.
Whether you’re looking for art to add to your own collection or some gifts for those lucky recipients on your Christmas gift list, you’re bound to find something special. There’s fabulous variety available too: amazing First Nations art by Noel Brown, whose artistry can be found in galleries around the globe and includes hand carved copper, silver, gold and platinum jewelry as well as traditional cedar carvings; glass work created by Ted Jolda, including his collectible Christmas: paintings, prints and more by the talented Kathy Barnson; and more paintings by Lauren Kent; furniture and wood works painted by the award winning Claudia Lohmann; furniture and jewellery from Yonder Wood; up-cycled funky functional furniture and natural art at the Fern and Feather. But that’s not all, there are wonderful studios that specialize in plants, seeds, herbs and herbal products for your home and garden, including: Hazelwood Herb Farm, Fern Gully Garden, and Seeds of Victoria. Foodies will find special gifts and delicious ingredients at Fredrich’s Honey and Yellow Point Cranberries. There are some quilts, and special Christmas temptations at some of the other locations as well from quilts to iron works, and of course you’ll find our stunning functional and decorative stoneware and raku pottery here at JoVic Pottery, and more pottery at the Blue Ox too.
Plan to make the tour into a few fun days. With some terrific dining choices, from the Crow and Gate, the Wheatsheaf Pub, The CoCo Cafe, to The Cottonwood Golf Club, and some outstanding Bed & Breakfast choices in our area, you’ll be on a holiday getting ready for the holidays to follow. Check the map for yourself, and enjoy a great stay in our beautiful community on Vancouver Island.
Stz’uminus Senior Secondary School now has a new course, and we feel so proud because we know that this has come about because of our work with the school over the past 5 years. There’s now a Ceramic Art 10 Class!
There is a fair bit of work to do to prepare for these classes… and yes, there are three tables running almost the length of the studio to accommodate them, and all the lawn chairs we possess too.
We sure enjoyed the students who arrived to work in our studio yesterday, and it wasn’t long before each and every one of them was smiling as they worked making the first of their pieces this term.
We’re starting them with a basic coil pot… though we may have to change that to “noodle pot” thanks to Alan who was quickly requesting more noodles in order to start a second pot.
The students will be smoothing the exterior walls of these pieces in preparation for a slip coating through which they can then carve a Coast Salish First Nations design.
They will also be creating “war canoe” vessels and tiles with First Nations motifs. But that’s jumping ahead a little and we’ll be needing to work on these noodle pots some more before we’re ready for those next projects. Mind you, we’re likely to jump back and forth between projects to allow for drying time.
We’re really delighted to know that for the next few months our Monday and Wednesday afternoons will be spent with students who we have come to know and love over the last few years.
Students like these add such joy to our own studio time. And every so often, we discover one that we know will continue to find a special connection to clay.
I would not be surprised to see Marshall wanting to continue to explore this medium. Like Alan, it wasn’t long before he was asking to start a second piece.
While we have two brand new students in this class, the rest have been here before as part of either their co-operative education or First Nations Art courses. We even get to be called Auntie and Uncle by a select few. As always, we’re truly pleased and honored to work with Stz’uminus First Nations and thank them for accepting us as members of their community.