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Inspiration for JoVic Pottery in the Garden

Many potters will talk about the inspiration of previous master potters when it comes to the direction of their own work. They follow the examples set by such notable masters as Shoji Hamada, Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie and others who have had tremendous impact on the development of the modern potters following in their footsteps. But there are also potters who live in surroundings that inspire their lives and their work. We count our blessings to be among these.

White Camellia Blossoms
White Camellia Blossoms

We have also relied on the masters to hone our skills over the past 35 years, but we find that nature continuously offers us a palette that finds its way into much of what we create here at JoVic Pottery. We borrow from it to add beauty to our glazes and the textures of our work.

We have the amazing fortune of working and living in one of the most beautiful areas of British Columbia on Vancouver Island. In fact, we could say that it’s our honest belief that we live in the best part of Canada. With its temperate climate, spring always comes early to our island, erupting with colors and birdsong each new day, and constantly bringing new delight. From the red current blossoms so favored by hummingbirds, to the rhododendrons with their massive blooms, our garden brings joy.

Our studio is on our property, a 3-acre parcel which has a small creek running through and alongside of it. A wonderful right of way on one side provides tall trees that aid in creating a tranquil space, and our front yard boasts a circle of giant trees that within their midst offer respite from the heat in summer, as well as providing a contemplative oasis that practically hides us from the world. The boaters who come to Page Point Inn especially enjoy this area as a break from bright summer days, and we’re just a two-minute walk from their marina.

We are always happy to welcome visitors to our studio and property. And many of our visitors, especially those who don’t have the fortune of making their home here in the Ladysmith area, find delight in taking the time to wander through and enjoy both nature and our clay garden ornaments.  Come and see for yourself–we’ll welcome you.

 

The Garden at JoVic Pottery

While our pottery studio always makes its primary claim on our time, we also have a 3-acre property that demands attention. This year, as members of a local tour of studios and the gardens artists use for relaxation and inspiration, we’ve given our place a little extra loving attention. The rhododendrons have now finished blooming, and they’ve even been dead-headed (not something I always manage in such a timely fashion).

Arbor by grapevine
a walk in fragrance

honeysuckle flower

delicate fragrant blooms

 

Right now it is our gorgeous honeysuckle that is spreading its intensely fabulous fragrance all through the yard, especially in late afternoon and early evening. We have it right near the grapevines, and work to keep them from getting completely entangled.

vase with magnolia blossoms
the influence of nature

The blooms aren’t large, but they are many and they’re elegant and truly lovely.

Our garden provides ample opportunities for shade, light, fragrance, sunshine, and even allows us the joy of entertaining. Just last week we were able to host a house concert for one of Canada’s celebrated award-winning singer-songwriters.

Barn concert
backyard concert with Ian Sherwood

 

Ian Sherwood started his 8:00 PM concert in sunlight, and finished as we finally began to enjoy the paper-bag lanterns with their tea-light candles adding a magical quality to this sure-to-be annual event in our backyard.

Sherwood Concert
Ian Sherwood

His music and personality, his ability to layer sound was absolutely perfect for a garden that has layers of appeal, from rustic to elegant, it suits Ian’s approach.

What a wonderful evening of beauty and music. My garden sculptures with their solar lights, freshly weeded flower beds with a lovely layer of mulch. Yes, this year our garden is as deeply loved as our studio. Come take a look for yourselves. We’ll gladly tour you through the studio and around the property.