Workshop Fun

So, there was some end-of-year grant money kicking around the Craft Council, and the clay studio snagged
it to put off a professional development workshop. It’s a two-day affair, taught by Alexis Templeton, largely aimed at beginning potters. And so far it’s been awesome.
Alexis is one of the established production potters in the province, and from what I’ve seen working in the CCNL shop, probably has the best or second-best grasp of the business, so it’s great to be able to pick her brain. This morning we focused on the financial side (income sources, expenses, advantages and disadvantages of home or rented studio space, figuring out an hourly wage, etc.).
We went to International Flavours[1] for lunch, and then visited studios in the afternoon. We had a quick look around the CCNL clay studio, and then walked down to the Battery, to visit Isabella St. John of Blue Moon Pottery[2].

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On the way, we saw a cormorant and an otter, which was a treat. Isabella said two cormorants have been living in the Battery for few months now, and that the family of otters that was here last summer have moved to Quidi Vidi Gut, but still come fishing up along the coast and into St. John’s harbour every day.

Once we got there, Isabella showed us her shop, which is a small room at the front of her house, with work by a few but very well-chosen craftspeople.

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That’s Isabella in the middle, the back of Sherri Winsor’s head, and Jason Holley to the side. The pottery on the black shelves is Alexis’, and the wall piece in the back is by Cara Kansala and Pam Dorey. From this angle, Isabella is blocking her own work. (Sorry. I didn’t have room to move around.)

And then we got to see her studio, in the back of the house, which is small and bright and wonderful.

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The studio cat:

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I loved it.

Next post: Alexis’ studio.

[1] My favourite restaurant ever. They’ve recently introduced a menu, but up until then the choices were “chicken” or “vegetarian”. You get a massive plate with rice and three or four kinds of curry (whatever the owner felt like cooking that day is what you get), and it’s always warm and delicious. It’s like cozy grandma food. Or would be, if my grandmothers were from Pakistan.

[2]Who doesn’t seem to have a website, unfortunately. But you can search through the CCNL gallery’s site for work that she’s had on exhibit there.

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