Innovator in ceramics

The Potters Place is thrilled to have Gordon Hutchens as the special guest artist for December.

GORDON HUTCHENS is the special guest artist at the Porters Place in December.

GORDON HUTCHENS is the special guest artist at the Porters Place in December.

The Potters Place is thrilled to have Gordon Hutchens as the special guest artist for December.

Gordon is a well-known and respected artist and innovator in the world of ceramics. As a teacher in the pottery program at North Island College, he has had a huge influence on the practices of many Comox Valley potters and artists.

There will be an opening reception this Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Potters Place on the corner of Fifth and Cliffe in downtown Courtenay.

For more information, call 250-334-4613, go to www.thepottersplace.ca or like the Potters Place on Facebook.

Hutchens earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors from the University of Illinois. For over 35 years now Gordon has been producing exceptional works of art and functional pottery.

He has over 25 one-man shows and over 85 group exhibitions across Canada and the U.S., with major exhibitions in Japan and Korea. His works and articles have been published in various ceramics magazines and books.

Gordon is the author/host of four video productions on raku, salt and soda firing techniques. Permanent collections include the Bronfman family’s Claridge Collection and the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

“I love the creative potential in ceramics to explore form, texture and color. Instead of squeezing someone else’s color from a tube, I can create the colour of my imagination by mixing together natural minerals and chemical elements and then through the complex firing process, bring these glazes to life.”

— The Potters Place