JoVic Pottery represents two very different people. A couple in life, and a couple in their need to create beauty, Josée and Victor continue to count themselves fortunate to make a living working together. Their creativity isn’t only related to their studios: they’re also deeply involved with the local community theatre: Ladysmith Little Theatre in Ladysmith, BC. In fact, they’re currently working together to mount a comedy that Josée is directing with Vic as her Stage Manager. Be sure to catch The Kitchen Witches when it opens in February 2018.
Vic Duffhues concentrates solely on clay work, creating ceramic vessels for ceremonial use, including urns and decorative vases and platters. Vic also enjoys making dinnerware, mugs, goblets, steins, tumblers, and all the assorted pieces customers can use in their living rooms, kitchens, dining rooms, and bathrooms. He still enjoys the rhythm of the wheel, feeling that he centers himself as he centers the clay. Vic loves layering his glazes, creating texture and depth and taking the time to add extra firings so that his functional ware as well as other vessels celebrate the art of glazing. The process is as important as the finished piece.
Josée has turned to painting in the last two years, seeking a different outlet for her artistic drive. She has qualified as an AFCA–an active member of the Canadian Federation of Artists. This required jury approval of submission of images of 10 of her paintings. So perhaps it’s understandable that her potter’s wheel is currently in storage–at least for the time being. Her work in acrylic abstract art may owe something to years of feeling texture with clay: she often uses textures on her canvases. This year certainly confirmed her decision to explore abstract art when she was accepted by juries for two fine art shows. Three paintings went to and sold at the Sooke show, and she has two paintings heading to the Nanaimo Federation of Canadian Artists’ Fine Art Show opening on November 4, 2017. She is also part of a group show, ABOUT US – 16, that will open on November 18 and run through to and including November 26 at the Ladysmith Waterfront Arts Centre Gallery. And Vic was just recently part of an outstanding show with 9 other ceramicists at this same terrific Gallery.
All in all, it’s turning out to be a very creative year for this couple, and they could not be more excited about their ongoing endeavors with clay and paint.
The Art of Kiln’n It will provide collectors of Vic’s amazing, textural stoneware with a glimpse at the pots he most likes to make–the ones that stretch his ideas for form, function, and glaze techniques. Here’s a little preview of a very pretty bowl.
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.
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.
Vic Duffhues (JoVic Pottery, Ladysmith BC) has added a few more spray guns to his collection, making the options for creating greater depth and color on his final work much more fun, and definitely more interesting.
Each application is allowed to dry carefully before another application takes place, but in this particular approach, with less glaze being applied in the way it is sprayed, the waiting time is not extreme as it is with multiple dipped applications.
He’s clearly enjoying the work with this series of teapots and vases on the previously bisqued ware.
It will be fun to see the final results and I’ll be sure to post more pictures.