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.

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.

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.
Shades of Green Farm and Pottery Studio (facebook)

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.

Tanis Humeny

I am an Artist that has delved into many different areas of art. One of my favourites 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 got married, had a family and found work in the food services. This took me away from Pottery until 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. That lasted about 2yrs before family matters and personal issues took all my time away from creating any art for about six years. Ten years for pottery.
I have been back at pottery for 10 years now 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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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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Tina Fyfe

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.

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. 

Heather Lepp

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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