Potter Jan Speers is among those who will be displaying work as part of the Nanaimo Pottery Co-op winter sale. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Potter Jan Speers is among those who will be displaying work as part of the Nanaimo Pottery Co-op winter sale. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Pottery Co-op presents first winter sale in two years

Local ceramic artists’ group returns to Country Club Centre mall for two-day sale

The Nanaimo Pottery Co-op’s winter sale has returned.

On Nov. 5 and 6 the local ceramic artists’ group presents its 2021 winter sale at Country Club Centre mall. It’s the co-op’s first indoor sale since winter 2019, although the group did hold a one-day sale this summer in the mall parking lot.

Eighteen potters will be taking part in the sale. Pottery co-op member Jan Speers said that although all potters start with a similar bag of clay, what they are able to create varies greatly.

“Some people do decorative, a lot of people do functional. There’s a wide variety from plant pots to things you hang on the wall to mugs and plates,” she said.

Speers has been making pottery for the past 15 years and this is her third sale with the co-op. She’ll mostly be displaying plates and vases with the occasional mug.

Speers started making pieces using a wheel, which she said can bring on “almost a Zen thing,” but now she hand builds her work from clay slabs. She was first introduced to pottery in high school and returned to the pastime later in life as she was “just wanting to do something other than going to work.”

“A friend was doing it a bit and so I said, ‘That sounds interesting,’ and from then on I’ve enjoyed it immensely,” Speers said.

WHAT’S ON … Nanaimo Pottery Co-op winter sale takes place at Country Club Centre mall on Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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