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New Instructor for this Fall session

Danica Worrall                            @danicaceramica

Danica's passion for ceramics hit hard during her first 4 week course through an art center in Kelowna BC / her home town. Jumping into a membership at the studio she knew she had only scratched the surface of her curiosity with clay. The following year she was accepted into the Tagseth before the program was halted by the pandemic. Danica pursued training in Victoria at Hands On Pottery as a production thrower in the meantime before returning to Nelson the following year to complete the program. 

"I'm excited to be invited into this vibrant community in Cowichan and to teach and play with others who find passion to express themselves through ceramics!"

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New Instructor starting this Fall 

Linda Helms ...........................Raku Instructor

Working as an art educator in the public school system in Winnipeg, Manitoba I developed a fascination with clay and began exploring a variety of wheel throwing techniques as well as firing processes. One of my favorite methods of firing came to be raku. Since moving to Vancouver Island I have the opportunity to be fully engaged in exploring this process.
Raku firing takes place outdoors in a portable kiln where one to two pieces are fired at a time so as to take the necessary care for each piece according to the glazing requirements. This method of firing and subsequent exposure of the clay to extreme temperature changes, a reduction atmosphere (reduced oxygen) and using different combustible materials evolve into a very intuitive process prone to desirable and undesirable effects. The immediacy of this process crates surprises in numerous ways resulting in unique and distinct pieces providing a great deal of satisfaction not only to the artist but hopefully to a connoisseur as well. 

My work has regularly been show in the annual Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show and I have had the opportunity to feature my work in a show at Imagine That. I have also participated in a number of shows at Shibui Gallery on Genoa Bay Rd. Two of which focused mainly o my own work together with another artist's doing two dimensional work. The Shibui Shows were highlighted with raku demonstrations on site. 
In early 2020 I had the opportunity to be an artist in residence in Nayarit Mexico working with other accomplished ceramic artists for two weeks which culminated in a major raku firing and demonstration for the participants and the public. Here is a synopsis of this event on a you tube video.
There are various ways to approach raku and I am currently exploring a variation called Naked Raku. As this new method continues to intrigue me I will be continuing along this new path in my own new work. My recent work using this technique can be viewed at Excellent Frameworks Gallery in downtown Duncan.

Joseph Lyons....................................... Instagram: kbrpottery

Hi, my name is Joe and I’d like to invite you to my pottery class. I’ve been playing with clay since I was a kid, and I feel fortunate to have learned from some incredible artists in the course of my journey. I’ve been teaching for several years at various studios on Vancouver Island. My approach is casual, lets have fun and grow together with this wonderful medium. I find a rewarding combination in pottery; relaxation and connection with community. I also love a challenge, please bring your ceramic goals to class and we can make them happen. See you at The Hub.

Instructor, Nanaimo Ceramic Arts. 2018-present

Instructor/Studio Technician, Bowen Park Pottery Studio 2018-2020

Bachelor of Visual Arts Degree from Vancouver Island University. 2020

Apprentice for Dean McRaine, Lightwave Pottery, in Kauai, Hawaii. 2011-2016

Student/ Work Study Volunteer, Pottery Northwest, Seattle. 2008-2011

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Franziska Ditter

Franziska is one of the founders of The Clay Hub Collective. She has been instrumental in making the Clay Studio a reality. Although she has not been as active in the last 3 yrs with the studio she has recently come back to start teaching again at the studio. So pleased to have her back, she has lots to contribute to our little community of potters. :)

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Cathi Jefferson

Cathi’s career as a studio-trained potter began under mentor Herman Venema in Matsqui, British Columbia, in 1974.  She also completed fine arts courses at Kwantlen College and the Fraser Valley College.  Two Canada Council Grants provided funding for a 4-month residency at The Archie Bray Foundation in Montana and the Banff Centre for the Arts.  Experiences with fellow ceramic artists include residencies in Canada, the US, and internationally.  
Her exhibition history has been extensive over the years, being invited to participate in three USA exhibitions at the National Clay Exhibition for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and the ‘21st Century Ceramics’ in Ohio.  She was juried into the Sydney Myers International Award, Australia.  In 2010, Cathi was awarded the Carter Wosk BC Achievement Award for Applied Art and Design.  Among the many publications that have featured her work are Robin Hopper’s ‘Functional Pottery’ and Phil Roger’s ‘Salt-Glaze Ceramics’.  
Cathi’s passion for the preservation of nature is evident in all aspects of her work.  Her studio and gallery on the beautiful Cowichan River near Duncan, BC, is surrounded by the west coast rain forest that inspires her.  The unique salt-fired functional stoneware and sculptural forms she creates have designs from nature that she cares so passionately about.  Her large sculptural pieces represent the forests that are so crucial to the health of the planet.  Her concern for the fragility of nature led her on a three year creative journey that created her ‘Reflecting Nature:  Reflecting Spirit’ installation.

Patti Parkyn

Patti is a ceramic assemblage artist, owner of Passion Over Principles Clay Art. She volunteers and teaches at the Clay Hub studio, a member since 2017. Her unique eclectic creations are on display at Imagine That retail artisan co-op in Duncan, BC.  “My grandmother and my mother root my curiosity. Our three spirits dance when I create. It is a magical time; somewhat addictive, I must confess. I am inspired by pattern, textures, and the mystery of seeing something for what it is not. There are no artistic rules in my studio. Things happen by chance, without intention or influence. I let my passion and distractibility guide me. I move clay and colour around, then add curiosity with bling and bits. Every piece is one-of-a-kind.”  

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Valerie McCubbin

A life long desire to learn pottery, it only started to come to life about 15 years ago. After classes from a number of instructors and several years of practice, the stars aligned and I am able to share my passion through The Clay Hub Collective. Teaching brand new aspiring potters the bare basics of creating a vessel is an honor and a great deal of fun.  I look forward to my evenings spent in the company of creative, adventurous fellow mudslingers.

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Heather Lepp

Past Instructor: Heather Lepp is an emerging artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She graduated from the University of Manitoba’s School of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Degree in 2016. She continued her education with a number of apprenticeships all across North America studying with; Marcelina Salazar, Peter Brondz, Martin Tagseth, and Cathi Jefferson. In addition, she was an Artist in Residence at Medalta, in Medicine Hat. These experiences left her with a strong foundation of skills in functional pottery.

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Tanis Humeny

I am an Artist that has delved into many different areas of art. One of my favorites is Pottery.  I was first introduced to Pottery in 1979 by my high school art teacher. I learned the wheel, hand building and sculpture. After high school I had a family and found work in the food services. When I was 34 I attended Camosun College from 1996 to1998 in the Visual Arts Program. Where my love for Pottery was re-awakened. I spent most of my extra time in the studio there, and had a job in the studio as a work study while in college. I learned to make clay, reclaim clay, make glazes and developed my wheel throwing style along with hand building and sculpting.
After the program I set up a small work room to keep making pottery for my own pleasure for a little while. Family matters and personal issues took all my time away from creating any art for about Ten years.
I have been back at pottery since 2012 and am really enjoying it again, even more so now that I am a member of the Clay Hub Collective. Since joining in February 2015 I have expanded my clay knowledge greatly with the help of all the other teachers and members that are so willing to share and teach their craft. And what knowledge I can pass on I do with pleasure.

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Janet Magdanz

Janet spends the majority of her time throwing but dapples in hand building. Working with clay brings Janet a sense of peace and fulfilment. As she centres her clay she becomes more grounded. Janet gains her expertise through experimentation and some short term classes. Courses through Red Deer College as well as mentoring with Cathi Jefferson and K.J. MacAllister have provided technical knowledge as well as inspiration.
Her studio "Shades of Green" is slowly becoming a reality. It will be surrounded by an old growth maple forest and her favourite gardening plants. Janet will be able to throw outside for most of the year. Glazing will include a mixture of dipping and spraying.  Janet spent most of her professional career as an educator in Alberta. With her recent move to the Cowichan Valley she is now looking forward to the opportunity to move towards becoming a professional potter.
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Faro Sullivan

​                                                    Returning guest instructor


My life as a studio-potter began rather unexpectedly in 1996, under my first mentor Isabella St. John of Blue Moon Pottery in St. John's. After completing a bachelor's degree in Folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland, I returned to Victoria BC in 1998. I soon found work with Diane Searle, and was able to use her studio space in return for slip-casting for her. 

I've been involved with many creative communities. I worked out of Xchanges Artists Studios from 2000-2003. At this time I began selling at local markets, and took every opportunity to take classes, workshops, and attend symposiums and conferences. In 2004, I received a small business grant to open my own studio, where I continue to work and sell. I am affiliated with the Craft Association of BC, the South Vancouver Island Potters Guild, the BC Potters Guild, and the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria. 

Outside of my studio, I work as the ceramics instructional technologist for the Visual Arts program at Camosun College in Victoria BC, and as a technician for Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. I have taught ceramics to all ages through the Art Gallery Of Greater Victoria, Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, and Red Deer College Series Summer Arts Program, and various private demonstrations and short workshops. 

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Angela Pistrucci

About the instructor:  Angela is a Fine Artist, Art Instructor specializing in portraiture, sculpture, architectural ceramics, product design and development. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Canada, Italy and Australia, and was also showcased earlier this year at the World Money Fair in Berlin. Her work is in the Mint Museum Italy Rome.

In January 2016 Angela received the opportunity to study at the Istituto Poligrafico dell Arte della Zecca. The centre is the only one of its kind in the world for artists seeking to specialize in the art of engraving and bas relief. The art of bas relief is in Angela’s DNA, as she is the great-great-great grand niece of the famous Benedetto Pistrucci. Who served as Britain’s Chief Medalist, crafting the first Saint George and the Dragon gold Sovereign for the Royal Mint in 1817 as well as his seminal work. “The Waterloo Medal”, which celebrated the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Angela was thrilled to work with the London Mint to commemorate the Bicentennial of the Modern Sovereign 1817 -2017 with the minting of her first coin of the realm in early 2017.   learn more about Angela at pistruccibottega.com

Returning guest instructor

Sue McLeod

Sue McLeod was first introduced to ceramics at Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, BC where she completed a 2 year clay diploma program. After she graduated in 2010, she moved back to her hometown of Victoria, BC where she continued to make pots from her home studio.

Sue explored ceramics through a mainly artistic lens for several years, but she always felt like there was a big hole in her understanding of the craft. There was a whole other technical side to clay and glazes that she was unfamiliar with. Challenges kept arising that showed her just how little she really knew about her materials.

After countless glaze catastrophes, Sue became determined to do whatever it would take to develop an understanding of how glazes work. In 2014, she enrolled in an online Glaze Calculation course, offered by Alfred University. This course taught her everything she hoped to learn about glazes and so much more that she hadn’t even considered.

Since taking that first class, Sue has gone on to take more ceramic chemistry courses through Alfred University, including an Advanced Glaze Chemistry course and a Clay Bodies course.

Sue has been employed full time as the ceramics studio technician at Cedar Hill Rec Centre since 2015 where she uses the knowledge she gained from these courses on a daily basis. She can now confidently fix runny glazes, eliminate crazing, increase durability and develop new glazes from scratch. Glaze research and testing is a regular part of her practice and she’s always learning new ways to create different effects, colours and surfaces.

Sue is compelled to share what she has learned and has been teaching glaze chemistry workshops since 2017. She gave a talk about Understanding Cone 6 Glazes at the NCECA conference in Pittsburgh in 2018.

Sue feels that understanding glazes is the missing piece from so many ceramic artists’ practice and hopes to inspire them to take the steps to further their knowledge.

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Hilary Huntley

Past instructor, one of founding members of the Clay HUB Collective, has retired from teaching at the HUB to focus on her home studio Trial By Fire Pottery in Cowichan Bay.

Michael Giles

  • Past instructor left for health reason, he is missed very much.

  • Fell into clay by accident 42 years ago and fell in love.

  • Lives in Cobble Hill, BC with his wife, Anita, and three cats. Together they own and operate Two Hoots Gift Gallery and Giles Pottery.

  • Grew up in small-town Rosetown, Saskatchewan.

  • Sometimes dreams he can play the trumpet like Miles Davis.

  • Isn’t afraid to give a perfectly symmetrical wheel-thrown pot a whack with a wooden spoon—just to see what it might look like.

  • Has certain very old pottery tools—a horsehair brush, a common paring knife, two butter paddles—that he can’t imagine working without.

  • Believes form comes first in pottery, then function—in other words, a pot is fine if it looks gorgeous. It doesn’t have to do anything else.

  • Thinks that 20th-century German-born British potter Hans Coper was a genius.

  • Probably has cat hair on his jacket right now.

  • Makes the best pasta puttanesca.

  • Can see Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic influences in his work.

  • Knows that skill and luck both play a part in creating a successful pot. Skill comes with practice. Luck just happens.

  • Got married in Las Vegas, but didn’t have Elvis as the minister.

  • Once knew a woman who kept a baby alligator in her bathtub. Really. A baby alligator.

  • Gets giddy and impatient waiting for his kiln to sloooooooowly cool down enough so he can open it.

  • Will do almost anything for a laugh.

  • Is inspired by the spray-painted scribbles and tags of graffiti artists.

  • Wishes his mom was alive to see his pottery studio and gallery in Cobble Hill.

  • Just loves to get muddy.

Sarah Leckie

Past instructor 

Sarah Leckie grew up in the mountains of Nelson BC. She has a Bachelors degree from the University of Victoria in Anthropology, and a certificate in Ceramics from the Kootenay School of the Arts. She is a studio potter, making both functional and sculptural forms. Her work is highly decorated and uses techniques including transfers and sgraffito. 

Tina Fyfe

Past instructor:  My interest in Ceramic Sculpture began with a look at early art from as far back as the Neolithic period and discovering images of what are considered to be fertility icons or goddess figurines made of clay. I spent the next few years recreating these figurines modelling them upon the ones that were found around the world. The next subject of sculpture for me and what I keep returning to are pieces inspired by the ocean. Throughout, my work in Ceramics has gone through several transformations from experimenting with combining unconventional materials to the clay, primarily for textural affects, and more recently, a commission for a jellyfish chandelier has me completely absorbed in working with wire mesh and slip clay.

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