Parkside Art Gallery is holding a reception on April 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. to introduce the newly formed 100 Mile & District Potters Guild and its show “Local Vessels.”
The show is an opportunity for the public to come and meet the potters, says guild member Laurie Embree.
There will be “goodies” and six guild members will have their works on display, which are also for sale, she adds.
Of the 16-member guild, Ursula Hart, denise swift, Embree, Ramona Mackay, Grace Mills-Hodgins, Lesley Lloyd and Jean Swann will show their pieces.
The guild formed last fall when a potter went searching for someone else in the field, Embree says, adding people, and even other potters, living in the area weren’t aware of the talented potters who live here.
“Some of the members haven’t produced lately, and some are new. There are all levels of expertise.
“Forming the guild has assisted us by sharing [knowledge], having workshops, and a demo day during which one member show her products to the others.”
This first show, Local Vessels, is a result of the guild, Embree says, adding a future goal is for the guild members to find a permanent location where they can hold classes and workshops.
She notes the members will need funding and they have just started the process.
“This show should prove to be a varied array of different techniques and functionality within the ceramic spectrum and should be a great representation to our local talent in the field.
“People will be offered everything from sculpture to functional, gas fired to electric fired, hand-built to wheel-thrown and raku to pit fire.”
She adds folks can expect to see functioning and non-functioning pottery, and everything from bird houses to bowls.
The show, which is free to attend, continues from April 28 to June 3 at Parkside Art Gallery.
The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
For more information on the Potters Guild, call Embree at 250-791-0025.