Holiday pottery awaits

The Comox Valley Potters’ annual Holiday Pottery Sale will celebrate what has become a Valley tradition for so many.

The Comox Valley Potters’ annual Holiday Pottery Sale will celebrate what has become a Valley tradition for so many.

Over 20 local potters will sell works ranging from practical mugs, butter dishes, and dinner settings to beautiful wall hangings.

The sale is this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Florence Filberg Centre at 411 Anderton Ave. in Courtenay.

If you fill out a ballot, you could win a magnificent serving bowl by Charlotte Schaufelbuhl as a door prize.

Ten reasons to buy handmade and local this year:

1. Each piece comes with a story. It can be as simple as, “I bought this bowl at Light the Fire or as involved as, “This vase was pulled red hot from a kiln and placed in a pit of hay and sawdust. The flame and smoke danced across its surface leaving these marks in their wake.”

2. There is a potter behind every dish. This show is an opportunity to meet the potters, and to feel a connection with them each time you use that special serving platter or vase.

3. A mug is about as personal as you can get with porcelain (except perhaps a bathroom fixture — wink, wink).

4. You will always know which mug is yours. In a field of generic mass-produced mugs, yours will be the only one that is just that shape, just that set of colors, and fits your hand perfectly.

5. Handmade pottery makes a great gift. Each piece is made with care and love, it has a personality, it is unique and carries with it your message of caring.

6. Using and having handmade items inspires creativity. It is a reminder to see the world in new ways, an inspiration to pick up pen and paper, a piece of wood, or some knitting needles.  We can all do with more creativity in our daily lives.

7. It is an investment in the local economy. When you buy local pottery, you are supporting a local entrepreneur, a truly small business.

8. Pottery is an affordable art and it is art that you can use.

9. Handmade pottery is an investment in quality. These are pieces that can last for years.

10. You can avoid driving all around town in search of all the gifts for your list. At Light the Fire pottery sale, you will find items from under $10 and of course, if you need real show-stoppers, this is where you’ll find them.

For details, e-mail comoxvalleypottersclub@gmail.com.

— Comox Valley Potters Club