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 honour and a great deal of fun. I look forward to my evenings spent in the company of creative, adventurous fellow mudslingers.
Angela Pistrucci Returning guest instructor
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
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.