23 Market Street West, Port Dover, ON N0A 1N0
Thursday to Sunday, noon to 4:00 p.m.
We are thrilled to announce our current exhibition
"Not Too Far From Here"
show runs February 16 to March 26, 2017
Opening Reception Friday, February 17th, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
also raku and pit-fired pottery by the late Anne Armstrong
and polymer clay jewellery by Mary Etta McGraw.
We are also pleased to carry limited copies of Arabella: The Love of Flowers, which contains 13 watercolours by local artist Carol Gerrett; The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests, by local author and illustrator Bailey Fort; the novel Flee, Fly, Flown, by Janet Hepburn and a handprinted, handstitched poetry book,The Bruce, which is written by Janet Hepburn and illustrated by Cristina Zanella
Michelle paints in acrylics and mixed media while capturing the beauty in the ordinary with her special attention to colour. She enjoys composing paintings by shifting, dragging and manipulating the colours on canvas. There is intensity and spontaneity in her new works that reveals her passion for painting and her charismatic energy.
As a self-taught artist, Michelle continues to grow, renewing familiar composition by reactive efforts with colour, paint and texture.
She has experienced many group and solo exhibitions from 2013 to present and her paintings hang in the homes of private collectors across Canada and abroad.
Michelle also enjoys her work as an active instructor of art and home décor consultant. She continues her journey of self-discovery and invites you along on this expedition.
Mary Etta McGraw
Mary Etta has many interests in life; she loves to cook, sew, read, visit local art shows and theatre productions, and indulge her love of yummy food in our excellent local dining establishments. She also writes a column for our weekly Maple Leaf newspaper which always features a recipe or two.
She has always been a creative sort; crafting stage costumes for school productions, sewing her professional teaching togs (when appropriate), catering with Liz Campbell, dabbling in photography and other similar pursuits.
But polymer clay – well that has held her interest for many years now.
Mary Etta has been fortunate to take workshops with some of polymer clay’s finest artists; Canadian Helen Breil, Californian Dayle Doroshow, Germany’s Bettina Walker and many more.
This summer Mary Etta will attend the International Polymer Clay Conference in Philadelphia where she will learn from other great polymer artists and like-minded but not-so-famous women and men exploring this young medium.
Polymer Clay was first introduced commercially as a child’s craft clay – Fimo. Once discovered by artists, its growth as an artistic medium surged and demand for better quality clays grew. There are many polymer clays on the market but three of best in terms of strength, flexibility and ease of use are Premo! a Sculpey product, Kato clay, created through a collaboration between polymer artist Donna Kato and manufacturer Van Atken, and the new Fimo professional.
Anne Armstrong (1951-2015)
Born in Nova Scotia in 1951, Anne grew up in Halifax. Anne attended Dalhousie University briefly before relocating to Ontario where she studied photography at Sheridan College, graduating in 1974.
It was in the fall of 1974 that Anne’s desire to work with clay was finally realized as she attended her first night classes in beginners’ pottery. In 1981 Anne established Brickworks Pottery after having moved to Norfolk County Ontario.
For the majority of her career functional pottery was the focus of her work, each piece being hand thrown and decorated individually. Functional pieces from mugs and teapots to dip trays and dinner plates were available for purchase at her studio store as well as at many craft shows throughout Southwestern Ontario.
Anne became involved with her local Potter's Guild in Norfolk county and began teaching workshops in 2002, later becoming more involved as a volunteer, teaching both beginners and advanced classes.
In 2004, fascinated with primitive firing methods Anne began to experiment with pit firing and Raku techniques for both porcelain and stoneware clay bodies. These decorative pieces afforded her the opportunity and freedom to explore a multitude of forms. Much of her work from this later evolution in her journey was influenced by ancient Asian pottery.
Though out her life Anne received a number of awards for her work, taught classes locally and abroad including Berlin, Germany and had her work featured in a number of publications including 500 Raku by Lark Crafts and Pit Firing Ceramics: Modern Methods, Ancient Traditions by Dawn Whitehand.
Each of Anne's pieces carries her determination, creativity and unwavering passion.