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JoVic Pottery–More Than A Pottery

Josee and Vic Duffhues
Potter Vic, Painter Josée

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.

Vic and Josee with their work
Beautiful Pots, Beautiful Paintings, Happy Couple

 

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.