The beauty of potter’s clay and what it eventually becomes is all in the hands of the artist.
Everything from shape, functionality and colour is up to the potter. It can be a decorative mask to place on a wall or a serving dish for delicious foods baked in the oven.
For Wendy Cyrenne, a member of the Nanaimo Pottery Co-op, creating pottery is about making functional pieces people can use such as butter dishes, wine glasses or hand-made spoons.
She’s been a potter for the past 15 years and pursues the art form and a recreational hobby.
“I never really know what I am going to end up with. It’s so fluid you can do so much with the clay,” said Cyrenne. “You have to deal with the clay in a manner that shows who is in charge.”
Cyrenne is one of the potters displaying her work at the Nanaimo Pottery Co-op’s winter show and sale, Friday to Sunday (Nov. 6-8) at Country Club Centre. Friday the show is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
There are 26 potters participating.
“This is the best turnout yet. There is such a range of ideas and directions,” she said. “It’s incredible.”
For more information about the pottery co-op please go to www.nanaimopottery.com.