I have only one sale a year… but it’s a good one.
This year’s sale is not far away, on Saturday and Sunday, November 2nd and 3rd, from 11am till 5pm on both days.
All year long, I hide away any slightly-flawed pieces, saving them for the studio sale weekend. As I need to make room for all the new work I’m going to create, I also go through the gallery and pick out pieces for clearance. Needless to say, these are all screaming deals! On top of that, everything else in the gallery is 25% off for the weekend. I am prolific so there will be a lot of pieces to choose from.
The sale opens at 11 am and there is always a lineup as people come year after year to see what amazing finds there will be and this year there will be lots.
From my ever-popular functional ware like coffee mugs and casseroles to the one-of-a-kind decorative vessels that I am known for.
Looking forward to seeing you.
I will be exhibiting at the Out of Hand fair in Victoria from Friday, November 29th, to Sunday, December 1st. It will be held at the at the Crystal Garden, 713 Douglas Street, Victoria.
Victoria’s most prestigious artisan fair, the Out of Hand Fair has a well deserved reputation for presenting fine crafts, artisan food and one-of-a-kind fashions. The Crystal Garden, once a salt water pool under glass, provides a spectacular backdrop for this professional show.
Exploring the Creative Process and Developing your Style
Below is a description of the type of workshops I offer along with some testimonials. Contact me for availability and rates.
In this workshop, we will be exploring the creative process and how an artist’s personal style is developed. Our own personal road blocks will be up for discussion and time will be spent talking about what we can do to jump start ourselves when we’re jammed up and frustrated.
I like to help people with whatever they are struggling with, be that personal development, glazing, marketing their work, throwing, pulling handles or any other issues they’d care to work on with me.
I have been throwing full time since I was a kid and find that I really enjoy helping people to grow their throwing skills. I will want people to throw for me so that I can spot their weak points and help move them forward. Please don’t be intimidated by this part of the workshop, remember, I was a beginner once too.
Participants are encouraged to bring pieces they are having trouble with to work on during the workshop. For example, if you are struggling with Tea Pots, come with all the parts ready to put together. If its handles you’re having trouble with, bring mugs and we’ll work on the handles together.
There will also be a critique session; I have found that once people get over their fear of being “critiqued” that this can be the most exciting part of the workshop. I see critiquing peoples work as a process that can help people grow, not bring them down. Have no fear…put it all on the line and see how far you can go in your process of learning about yourself and your work.
Workshop Line Up
- Power Point presentation: I will be showing examples of my work from the age of 13 to what I am working on today. Through this I will show you how my personal style developed and talk openly about some of the problems that I encountered on the road to becoming the potter/artist that I am today.
- I will throw for the group and then we will work on growing your throwing skills. There will also be time spent learning about pulling handles as I find a lot of potters can use help with this.
- I have a DVD of me creating 2 large vases thrown in 2 sections that I will share with you.
- Critique session and discussion around fostering creativity
- More wheel time and whatever else the group would like me to focus on.
Shaping Dharma through Creativity at Red Door Yoga, Lantzville, BC
It was about a journey into finding and handling your passion in a way that allows your dharma to take shape! I addressed the questions: “Passion, how do we find it?”, “When we do find it, how do we handle it?”, “Do we embrace it fully, dive into it and go where it leads? Or, are we intimidated by its power and scared to embrace it?”
In this lecture, I shared how I have learned over the years to follow my creative passion and where that has taken me. And with honesty and enthusiasm, I shared some of the creative and personal challenges I have met along the way.
“The willingness of the presenter to be transparent, vulnerable, and personal enabled me to make an emotional heart connection.”
“I knew of and had seen Mary’s work, but had no idea of the story behind it. It was as if she spoke directly to my own struggles as a small business owner and artist.”
TriCity Potters: Lecture 2013
Thank you so much for the excellent lecture given to Tri City Potters last Wednesday. Your talk was packed full of ideas and interesting stories. You spoke clearly and with humour. Your attention to our members’ questions was also appreciated. Great evening.
I heard you at Tricity Potters the other night. Loved your presentation especially your sharing of details of your work. I’m a late bloomer although I went to art school in Vancouver in the 1960s. I particularly liked your approach to hand building flowing forms. I like to start with a block of clay and claw away. It was encouraging to see how you developed your style through non-stop trying. And I know we should all strive the same way. Your pictures told so much.
Mary has been featured in the June/July issue of Homes & Living magazine, which is on stands right now.