Author Archives: Canadian_Studio_Pottery

Removing grease pencil marks

on pottery — Sometimes — perhaps often — we collectors and dealers come across grease pencil marks on our studio pieces. This is the simplest method I have come across for removing them — WD 40. Doesn’t always give perfect results particularly on stoneware due to that clay’s coarseness but enough to erase the marking […]

bad pottery — worth learning from

This collection up in Toronto’s Junction is part of Design Off Site a counter balance show to the gigantic Interior Design Show – IDS at the City’s downtown convention Centre. The Collection like Design Off Site itself is just a punch-in-the-nose to the monied effort of TO design houses and corporate swilling that takes over […]

By way of explanation…Lorraine Herman.

By way of explanation for the lapse in postings here’s a small treasure by long careered Ontario potters, Lorraine and Jack Herman. The accompanying fresh asparagus — Mary Washington — comes from the thirty or so feet that I planted last year.  When you love home-grown produce, early Spring just disappears into all manner of […]

An artist orphan – Scottie Wilson

A thing that crops up in various disciples — pottery is no exception — is categorization and hierarchy. You can tell from my Gallery titles I am pretty much less interested in the usual pottery viewing lens  i.e. Artist, Form, Period, Style, Region,  than I am in understanding our usage of pottery — what it […]

Modernism redux — Bob Bozak

It might seem obvious to others but I have never been quite sure what Mid-Century Modernism was actually meant to cover. To my mind it’s an attempt to both catch a period (ca. 1940 – 1980) as well as a way to both engage and view the origins of our contemporary culture. After 60 short […]

Ceramique de Beauce – Flowerdale Classic

To my mind one of the inspired productions by Ceramique de Beauce (1940 – 1989) was its Chinese styled teapots. These were produced in the 1970s for the Flowerdale Tea Company, also known as Hayhoe Tea.  A well known Toronto company along side competitors Thomas Lipton and Mother Parkers, the Flowerdale trade name was active […]

The Mug — the intimate pot – Robin Hopper

One of the first pieces of studio pottery I ever picked up — and which I still own — is this simple stoneware coffee mug by B.C. potter Robin Hopper (1939 –    ). It still feels like a splash of cold water in the face when I hold it or look at it. How could […]