I started teaching pottery at Cedar Hill Rec Centre ten years ago. Back then, the studio was a cramped, dusty room with shelves and worktables and wheels and kilns all crammed together. In spite of the crowded conditions, a lot of good pots were made there over the years.
This year, as part of the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill, there’s a brand new state-of-the-art studio — a beautiful open space with twelve potter’s wheels, a long concrete based wedging table, a spray booth for glazing, a big work table, a clay room and a high-tech kiln room with four kilns, including a 40 cubic foot Bailey gas kiln. It’s a potter’s dream studio, and a wonderful place to teach.
This month, we’re celebrating with an exhibition of pots from many of the instructors who have been part of the Cedar Hill experience over the last 30 years. I am very proud to have been invited to put some of my work in the show.
Come on in and see the work. Meet the artists July 5 from 7-9 pm. We can talk about glazes and clay bodies and design and how to make a handle look good at the same time it functions well. Or if you’d rather, we can discuss the weather, what the kids are up to these days, the Vancouver Canucks, how to make an omelet, cats and dogs, or whatever else comes up.