Sharon Bussard Grove was born in Lethbridge, Alberta. Her first experience with clay was ingrained as a child diligently playing in her Grandmothers studio. Mid life she returned to her passion for clay while residing in Tsawwassen. In 1994 She became an active member of the pottery community with the Delta Potters Association and began her career as a fulltime potter. Two thousand and three marked a transition period, after moving to Sooke she spent the following four winters away at school, first at in Ontario at Sheridan College of Art and Design then completing her BFA majoring in Ceramics at Alberta College of Art and Design. As a ceramic artist she views her practice as a journey, thankfully one that will never stop being a learning process and filled with challenges.
Her inspiration comes from life, often imbued with the textures, forms and colors of the landscape that surrounds her. As her body of work has progressed decorative and design elements have become more abstract and ephemeral creating the spiritual essence of an idea, image or feeling.
Bussard Grove’s studio is tucked away in the Sooke hills at the edge of the forest overlooking the Straight of Juan de Fuca. “How can I not be inspired living and working here”
Sharon’s work has been shown internationally and is a part of the permanent ceramics collection at the ceramic Arts Museum in Jingdezhen, Sanbao, China.
I have been a studio potter since graduating from Kootenay School of Art, Nelson, BC in 1976.
My Work combines my love of drawing and painting with my passion for clay work.
My method of hand building using thinly rolled slabs of white earthenware clay, images are carefully drawn and incised, and textures are then rolled and embossed into the wet clay.
Working in short series I use the playful imagery and fabulous textures inspired by art deco and the “Flapper” era to showcase my eccentric imagination. Each piece is painted with various underglazes and oxides and then fired in an electric kiln several times to develop the rich detail.
Linda Walton received her post secondary educations in painting and ceramics at the Berkshire college of Art and at Leicester University in England. She lived and worked in Jamaica before immigrating to British Columbia in the 70s where she taught ceramics, drawing and design in the Fine Arts Department at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. She moved to Vancouver Island in 2005.
Fish Teapot $275.00 CAD
Linda’s work has been exhibited in Chicago, San Francisco and Sydney Australia as well as in several places in Canada. It is in the hands of both public and private collectors in those countries and in Japan. She lives in Black Creek, on the Oyster River where she works in ceramics, and multi media.
Lyn has been working with clay for over 20 years and uses handbuilt, wheel-thrown and altered form techniques. She makes a wide range of pottery from pendants to bowls and platters to wall art. The common theme in all her pieces is a touch of the coast. She uses stamped and rolled impressions of shells and seaweed and carvings of herons, salmon and dolphins. She combines her glazes to depict colors of the sea, sand and sky. All of her stoneware pottery is oven, microwave and dishwasher safe.
Lyn lives and works out of her home studio in Powell River, B.C. “Living on the coast and being in nature provides me with a wealth of ideas and inspiration. I take these ideas back to my studio and work and play with them.”
In the past couple of years Lyn has been drawn to work with the technique of smoke-fired pottery. “The rich red tones of the clay contrasted with black slip designs are burnished to a natural shine. I love the warmth and beauty of the bare clay with all its subtle impressions and the unpredictable patterns from the fire.” Smoke-fired pottery is food-safe but because it is fired to a lower temperature it is more fragile and not intended for general use.
Many people and life experiences have contributed to and influenced my work. It is constantly changing as one idea grows into another.
Ellen was born and raised in the small coastal community of Campbell River BC, on Vancouver Island. She is the daughter of a commercial fisherman and has a long and direct connection with the sea and with nature which inspires her whimsical forms and designs.
Wild Elderberry Plate
Ellen discovered clay in 1984 while enrolled in the Fine Arts Diploma Program at Malapsina College in Nanaimo, BC. She continued here art education and work in Raku at North island College.
“My greatest pleasures come from allowing the clay to take me places I would not venture into on my own. The unpredictable and spontaneous nature of Raku produces positive feedback which shows no sign of abating”. Ellen’s work has moved through a number of themes ranging from a fixation with alligators to her current interest in botanical textures and impressions.
She currently lives and works in Campbell River where she makes Raku pottery and teaches classes in her home studio. Ellen’s work is held in collections throughout the world and she enjoys an enthusiastic local following.
The Raku Process….
After a rapid firing of about 30 minutes glowing hot pots are quickly removed from the kiln and placed into metal containers lined with combustible materials (like shredded paper) . A lid cuts off the oxygen creating a “reducing” atmosphere. In this reducing atmosphere, smoke and fire work their magic, making each piece “one of a kind”
Handle your Raku with care—after all, it has had a difficult birth!
Raku is not watertight or food safe. Over time, direct sunlight may affect colours. Clean with a soft cloth.