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33rd Annual Denman Island Pottery Studio Tour

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Saturday, May 21st, 2022
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

1 Island. 2 Days. 10 Studios.

One of BC’s only pottery-specific studio tours, the Denman Island Pottery Studio Tour has been an annual event since 1987 (but for the past two years!).

The free self-guided tour gets you behind the scenes where the art happens, the opportunity to meet the artists and learn about their techniques and processes, and a chance to explore the idyllic countryside, forests and shores of Denman Island.

Many of the potters have been creating on Denman Island for more than 30 years, and a few are brand new to the tour! This year, you can view the work of 12 diverse potters at ten island studios (three locations have two potters each!)

1. Hanne Christensen Pottery

2. Tom Dennis Pottery

3. Gilded Petunia Pottery, also featuring Patty Osborne Pottery

4. Gordon Hutchens Pottery

5. Kim Taylor Co

6. Le Baron Studio (adjacent to Vasilia Clayworks)

7. Lilac Sun Pottery

8. Raucous Raven Pottery (featuring the work of Barb and John Mills)

9. Sandra Shaffer Pottery

10. Vasilia Clayworks (adjacent to LeBaron Studio)

These artists’ work ranges from simple, functional pots, to fantasy sculpture, to museum-quality pieces, and of course, handmade mugs to suit every taste.

You can preview samples of each potter's work on the website, or @denmanislandpotterytour on Facebook and Instagram.

What’s a pottery studio tour?

It’s a once-a-year-only opportunity. The artists prepare for the pottery tour months in advance and often their latest work is being unveiled for the tour on the May long weekend.

While some of the studios on the tour are open year-round, some are seasonal, some are by appointment only, and some artist’s work is only available at art fairs, so this is the best time of year to ensure you get into several studios.

How does a self-guided studio tour work?

Get the free Denman Island Pottery Studio Tour map (either online, at the ferry booth in Buckley Bay or at the Denman Craft Shop in downtown Denman Island) and choose your route.

You’ll need a car or a bicycle to take in the 51 square kilometres of rural beauty as you travel cliffside roads above the coast and through towering trees to discover art in its natural environment. Some studios are perched on hilltops with ocean views, others are tucked down woodland lanes.

Plan carefully and it’s possible to see them all, if you spend half an hour at each and allow about 15 minutes travel time in between.

You can plan your route based on location or on specific artists you want to visit.

Allow extra time if you plan to visit parks, beaches or other Denman shops while you’re here. If you’re on foot, there are two studios and the Denman Craft Shop within walking distance of the Denman West ferry terminal.

Part road trip, part art show, part treasure hunt, the 33rd Annual Denman Island Pottery Studio Tour on the Victoria Day long weekend is a free, self-guided adventure for pottery lovers.

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Cost: Free Event
Category: Arts | Entertainment
    Craft & Hobby
    Gallery | Exhibition
Everything Else
    Craft Fair
Location: Denman Island
Various Locations, Denman Island
This event is for Everyone
More Info: Trish Weatherall
[email protected]
Event Website
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