Artists take inspiration from surfaces in pottery exhibition 

Pearl and Helen at Albany Pottery Group’s ‘Surface’ exhibition.   (Photo: Bob Symons )

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Albany Pottery Group have kicked off their first exhibition for the year at the Verandah Gallery of the Vancouver Arts Centre. 

The theme of the pottery exhibition was ‘surface’, where artists took inspiration from both the world itself and their interpretations of the subject.

Some of the potters allowed for their clay medium to speak for itself by embracing a textured finish while others created their own surface through carvings, patterns, layers and colours.

Artists took inspiration from the word ‘surface’ and produced pieces that symbolised surfacing from the sea or land and also diving under the surface itself.

The exhibition night was opened by Albany Pottery Group President Howard Heerey, who acknowledged special guest of the night, Pearl Oliver.

Ms Oliver, at age 99, is the club’s oldest member and her piece Three Friends was admired by other guests.

Christina Metcalf and her collection of Thai-inspired pottery (Photo: Bob Symons) 

APG’s Helen Parry said the standard of pottery was not only exceptional but striking.

“I think it might be the beginning of many more exhibitions to come because of the success and how excited and proud the artists were,” she said.

“With different themes in the future to spark the interest of other potters from around Albany.”

Many of the potters’ creations sold on the night.

Ms Parry said the group’s work has evolved over time from traditional functional pottery to more sculptural contemporary pieces.  

“Some other people have come into the club and have taught themselves amazing skills, because we’re not a teaching club but we do help each other,” she said.

“I’ve been surprised by some of the members who have gone off, bought themselves wheels and have remarkably taught themselves pottery skills.

“And we’ve had quite a few young people join the group recently.”

 

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