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A Toast To Clay � Fired Up! Contemporary Works In Clay

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Monday, May 12th, 2014
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

A Toast To Clay � Fired Up! Contemporary Works In Clay - The 30th Exhibition is travelling to the Comox Valley hosted by The Potters Place.

Come join us for an ARTISTS MEET AND GREET, Saturday April 5th Fired Up! at The Potters Place .

The Potter's Place in Courtenay B. C will host a pre-Fired Up! Contemporary Works In Clay exhibition to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of this iconic British Columbia Pottery group.
Fired Up!, the longest running clay exhibition collective in Canada, has member Meg Burgess living in the Comox Valley who forged the link with the Potters Place. The entire core group will have new work on display from April 2 to Mid May, 2014

The annual Fired Up! exhibition has been held the last weekend of May in the Metchosin Hall,
Victoria, for 30 years. The mandate of this group is to show excellent contemporary ceramics,
to support and encourage young ceramists and to further educate the public on this complex art
form.

This year's 30th Anniversary Show themed "A Toast To Clay", will feature "Vessels of Celebration" by the core group. It will also include as guests six young clay artists whose talent and energy point to the future. Past Core members will also have work on display in the Theme gallery. In addition, each core member and guest will have display booths of personal new work. Fired Up! has exhibited in National and International shows, most recently at Vancouver's Potters Guild Gallery, Granville Island from March 6th to 30th 2014, and at the Fraker- Scott Gallery, Seattle, as part of the 2013 NCECA conference. They are represented in London Ontario by the
Bancroft- Snell Gallery and will show there August 7th to 30th, 2014 to further celebrate this
milestone year.

This year's Fired Up! will be a joyful event that features every glaze colour, firing method, and
forming approach imaginable. A sample of this exciting work will be on display at The Potters Place Gallery, Courtenay.

Works featured at The Potter's Place are by: Meg Burgess, Gordon Hutchens, Meira Mathison,
Cathi Jefferson, Sandra Dolph, Mary Fox, Alan Burgess, Kinichi Shigeno, Gary Merkel and Pat
Webber.

Fired Up! is the longest running ceramic exhibition group in Canada. The present core members
were invited to exhibit their 30th anniversary show at the Gallery of BC Ceramics in March and
at The Potters Place in Courtenay in April through to mid May, 2014

We've all heard the clich� "you're not getting older, you're getting better." This applies not only
to the potters of Fired Up!, but also to their work. The May 2014 Show, A TOAST TO CLAY in
Metchosin marks the 30th Anniversary of Fired Up! Contemporary Works In Clay.

Over the past 30 years, there have been a total of 22 members of the Fired Up! group. The current
core group consists of ten members who continue to produce and exhibit exciting and innovative
work. The annual show is a much anticipated tradition in Metchosin Hall, on the outskirts of
Victoria, as well as an opportunity to come together to inspire, inform and support each other,
however this year, for their 30thare �taking the show on the road!� The Potters Place is delighted to be able to host this fantastic body of work.

Exhibiting at The Potters Place will be: Alan Burgess, Cathi Jefferson, Susan Delatour, Pat
Webber, Meg Burgess, Gordon Hutchens, Kinichi Shigeno, Meira Mathison, Sandra Dolph, Mary
Fox and Gary Merkel.

Through the years the artists of Fired-Up! have been featured in venues both across Canada and
the USA. This core group of potters will have works on display and for sale at the Potters Place
throughout April and mid May, 2014.

Perhaps you have been a collector of pottery by Gordon Hutchens from Denman Island,� well,
come and meet him, ask him questions � he absolutely loves to share his passion for pottery.
Maybe you have collected Meg Burgess�s beautifully carved plates, and also studied with Meg,
or Alan Burgess who was recently the Featured Artist at the Potters Place? Mary Fox�s work can
be found in many Comox Valley homes as she was a Guest/Featured Artist at the Filberg Festival
just a few years ago. They too are among the core members of Fired UP! and will also be on
hand at The Potters Place on Saturday April 5th. Drop in for some baked treats and delightful,
insightful conversation with these amazingly gifted potters.

The Potters Place is so thrilled to be able to share the work of some of British Columbia�s most
sought after Potters. The pottery community is very special in our desire to support great pottery,
where ever it comes from. Well, right in our own back yard � British Columbia� you can find
amazing potters that have been providing inspiration, education and beauty to all of us for over 30
years.

The first Fired Up! hosted by Robin Hopper and Judi Dyelle in their Metchosin garden 30 years
ago, brought together 12 ceramic artists who shared a vision of more than just another pottery
sale. It was to show the public the many diverse ways of working with clay by demonstration and
exhibition.

The Fired Up! 30th Anniversary traveling Show opens at the Potters Place April 2 with ARTISTS IN THE GALLERY from 1-4pm, Saturday, April 5th

Columbia�s Pottery Who�s Who� will only be on display here for only a short time. Be sure to
come by to see this truly inspired show.

Thanks to BCPotters Guild and Pat Webber for supplying much of this information.
The Potter's Place is at 180B Fifth St. on the corner of Fifth and Cliffe in the Courtyard, in the cultural heart of downtown Courtenay.

It's open Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is available at the Rear of the
building along the fence.

For more information, call 250-334-4613


Cost: Category: Arts | Entertainment
    Gallery | Exhibition
Location: The Potters Place
corner of 5th and Cliffe, Courtenay
This event is for Everyone
More Info: The Potters Place
250-334-4613
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