Fired Up! Contemporary Works in Clay
South Vancouver Island
Fri. May 28th, 2010 – Sun. May 30th, 2010
May 28, 6:30pm-9pm
May 29 & 30, 10am-4pm
26th Annual Fired -Up! Contemporary Works in Clay Show, May 2010
This spring, on the last weekend in May, the members of Fired-Up! Contemporary Works in Clay will hold their annual exhibition and sale on Vancouver Island in Metchosin. The first Fired-Up! Pottery show took place in 1984, and the vision was to show the public the many diverse ways of working with clay by demonstration and exhibition. Potters choose to live a separate life; a life tied to the earth making things from the ground up; playing with the elements. People who value human touch, intimate gestures and creative intention will find the Fired Up Show a thrilling experience.
The show brings together professional artists who work in clay to exhibit, inform and excite the public about ceramic arts. The show also gives the artists the opportunity to interact with each other, inspire one another and display their latest work. Fired-Up! members are recognized internationally with pieces of their work in private and public collections. The annual pilgrimage to Fired Up has turned into an event not to be missed by artists, collectors and interested clientele.
Along with the yearly show in Metchosin, the Fired-Up group has shown together across Canada and the US. Last year, Fired-Up was honored to be invited to the Canadian Clay and Glass Museum, in Waterloo, Ontario, to exhibit their work in a 25th Anniversary Show titled, "What the Rains Bring." Following the show at CCGG, the group attended a grand opening of their exhibition at Jonathon Bancroft- Snell Gallery, in London, Ontario, the largest contemporary Ceramics gallery in Canada.
In conjunction with these exhibitions, Fired-Up has produced a book about the 25 years of Fired-Up! Contemporary Works in Clay which contains highlights about each member and images of their work, as well as historic images of past exhibitions. The book is available for purchase at all Fired-Up! shows or from members.
The core members that will be exhibiting this year include Pat Webber, Susan Delatour LePoidevin, Gordon Hutchens, Kinichi Shigeno, Alan Burgess, Cathi Jefferson, Gary Merkel, Meira Mathison, and Meg Burgess. In addition, Fired-Up is very excited to have invited 5 guests, Tobias Tomlinson, Elaine Brewer White, Sue Hara, Judy Weeden, and Sarah Lawless. These five potters bring together an array of talent ranging from large figurative sculptures, mixed media wall pieces and decorative functional pottery.
The Theme Gallery is the first thing that visitors to the show see as they enter. Each potter's interpretation of the yearly theme provides a cerebral yet sensual experience for the viewer and a peek into each potter's mind. This year's theme, Bellies, Bodies, Feet and Necks promises to explore the anatomy of a pot, and the connection that exists between pottery and the human or animal form.