Throws of Winter-Pottery by the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre Potters runs from Feb. 4 to Feb. 25, 2018. Thank you to our sponsor Dr. A. Awadia – Ingersoll Family Dentistry
Featured Image-Poppy Wall Plaque by Keri Axon-SOLD
As an artist, I am constantly changing my focus, techniques and interests. This year this change seems to be to colours, flowers and flower containers – perhaps due to the extreme cold we have experienced this winter, and my wish to see the flowers of spring arrive. I am concentrating on surface decoration and pattern development using a variety of decorative techniques: wet on wet glaze application, slips, underglazes and using clay as the background for decoration. My pieces in this show are purely decorative, rather than functional.
Keith loves the flexibility of clay that can be formed and decorated in an amazing assortment of ways, from precisely controlled shapes to something loose, flowing and seemingly random. In particular Keith is drawn to lines. In the pieces on display he is exploring lines in clay texture and lines in the glaze decoration.
In 1998 Ineke learned to master the art of pottery by following a part-time 3-year half-day course in Holland. Prior to moving to Canada she had her own studio in the Netherlands. She opened her workshop in May of 2004 in Canada. Rombouts Pottery is unique in every way. Ineke fashions each piece with the use of the wheel, handbuilding and liquid clay. Each item is designed for beauty as well as function and is perfect for giving or for your own collection.
As a visual artist, Tracy Noelle explores light, texture and emotion through a range of media. Her works are often representative of abstract relationships and natural elements. In nature she finds a source of balance, energy and renewal lending limitless inspiration to create detailed works, often through experimentation.
“I’m not the least bit potty
Neither short nor stout,
But here is my handle,
Here is my spout.
When I get all steamed up,
Then I shout
Give me a wheel and let me pot”
Yvonne Jeavons was born and raised in London, Ontario but now currently resides in Ingersoll. Since joining the Creative Arts Centre in 2010 she has discovered a love for pottery. She loves working with clay and in particular hand building and throwing on the wheel. And now with the last of her children away at University, time has opened up for her to explore her creativity. This has lead to a preference for functional pottery and the use of simple elements of nature in her work.
Phoebe Campbell usually does not have a project/end goal in mind when she starts a clay sculpture. By using the basic hand-building techniques she sees forms develop. Once she sees a character appearing, she highlights those features to bring the character to life.
For me, working with clay started here at the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre in a hand-building course taught by a teenaged Shane Norrie. The final class in that course was a raku firing; I still have the copper lustre oak leaves from that day. Many years, many courses, many Unidentified Ceramic Objects later, I still love spending time at the centre with old and new friends, and using clay to respond to the beauty and strangeness of the natural world.
Rebecca started doing pottery in 2015 after she signed up herself and her husband (then fiancé) for a beginner’s pottery wheel class. At the time she was going through some medical issues and pottery was the perfect escape to get out of the house, create, and unwind. She liked it so much, she just kept doing it! She has made many Christmas gifts and wedding gifts for family and friends, and has also made a few commissioned sales. She has a Facebook page called “Pottery by Rebecca” to show off her work and enjoys trying to make new things whether on the wheel or by hand.
Jeff Lounsbury has been playing with clay for over 55 years. He remembers spending a day as a nine year old, making a Toby Jug from clay he dug up on the shores of Georgian Bay. In his teens he attended a night school ceramic course at College Avenue Secondary School in Woodstock. At that point he was hooked. Although life intervened, he always knew he would get back to clay work. In the early Eighties he moved with his family to the Ingersoll area where he soon discovered the Ingersoll Creative Art Centre, continuing his informal training under the watchful eye of Edith Pierce, resident clay guru. Over the years, he has explored clay through hand built and wheel work. Subsequently he has taught many classes and has won several awards for his work including Best in Show, Jurors choice, Peoples Choice. He is a gifted teacher who strives to help others find their way with clay. His classes often conclude with a Raku firing, a process he is very fond of, that lets the clay talk, and he feels connects him to the long lineage of clay workers throughout the ages. Currently he is exploring figurative work. There is a playful timelessness to the work with references of old scrimshaw carvings, Isle of Lewis chessmen and Japanese Haniwa sculpture.
Art and crafts have always interested Carol. She has enjoyed taking a wide range of courses. Learning something new is always exciting for her. Carol hopes that you will enjoy seeing the pottery show.
Sue has always been very interested in working with clay, she finally had the time to follow her passion upon retirement. She has taken a number of related courses through Haliburton School of the Arts and has attended many classes within our ICAC pottery studio. Sue has now been studying the craft for approximately 10 years and at present, teaches some of the beginner classes for ICAC.
Betty is a fairly new potter. She started by taking a beginner’s handbuilding class as well as a wheel class here at the centre. Last year she started coming to open studio and has found that the potters in this group are incredibly helpful and friendly. They inspire her to try new ideas and techniques.
Rediscovering the joy of working with clay once retired, Ruth has now developed her own personal style as a ceramic artist. Her passion for pottery grows from the challenge of creating a thing of beauty from a lump of clay. Inspired by nature, she strives to emulate its forms, textures and colours in her functional stoneware and her one of a kind decorative pieces. Her pottery can be found at the Woodstock Art Gallery Gift Shop and the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre where she is an active member.
Paulette is a clay artist whose colourful work is inspired by her love of nature and whimsy.
In 1976 I took my first pottery class at Mohawk College in Stoney Creek, Hamilton. After many workshops and summer classes I ended up seriously studying Ceramics in Toronto at the Ontario College of Art and Design (1992-97). Finally, in 2003, some time was spent working with other ceramic artists in Japan. My sojourn in Shigaraki as an artist-in-residence confirmed my oriental aesthetics. While I was there I experienced my first wood-firing at an anagram kiln. I didn’t have any pots in the kiln because I had just arrived but I did spend time learning how to stoke the kiln during the midnight shift … and I was hooked.
Vessel-making as an art form intrigued me for over thirty years. Since 2003 I have been working on large, larger, largest storage jars. It’s a challenge, especially working with porcelain. For many years it was such a struggle but I finally got it, so I celebrate with ribbon-lie “knobs” on the lids. “Ureshi” means “I am happy” in Japanese. A bit of whimsy to top off a very serious pot.
I have done ceramics before and thought it would be a good way to be creative and meet new people. I enjoy pottery … ‘cause it’s fun. The people at the Centre have been very welcoming!
I am a plant lover. While on a trip to Phoenix I discovered and purchased some clay pots for plants that I have. I got thinking … can’t be all that tough to make!? With some lessons from Jeff and tips from other pottery members I am making my own pots for a fraction of the cost and enjoying it. It is also some special time that my mother and I (Lois Gillespie) are able to spend together.
Years ago I was entranced by the seductive movement of clay while watching a Creative Arts Centre demonstration. It has been a disciplined but very rewarding journey ever since.
I love the process of creating nearly any object imaginable. Combining the elements of a lid, gallery, body, handle, spout and foot to make an aesthetically pleasing and functional teapot is a form that keeps challenges me.
Glazing too is a process of learning and happy accidents. Some results are a good reminder that I am not always in control. Along the way pottery has taught me patience and respect. I am learning to take risks with clay and the mysterious glazes. I am learning to accept disappointments and even embrace and love what I once considered as flaws.
Here at the Centre we learn together. Each week I feel privileged to watch and listen as other members, young and old, new and experienced encourage and inspire each other in their creativity.