I have been exploring salt fired pottery for the last 15 years. The textures and colours, as well as the unexpected surprises that salt firing brings is inspiring and exciting.
I make functional pottery for the home. Using pottery for cooking, eating and displaying food is a great pleasure, and a way to celebrate daily moments and rituals.
I was fortunate to live in Horseshoe Bay for almost 30 years, and had a kiln and studio at my home on Madrona Crescent. Now, I live in North Vancouver and share a studio at the wonderful Mergatroid Building in East Van. My new salt kiln is in Lund, north of Powell River where I go several times a year to fire.
It’s nice to be back at the Horseshoe Bay Art Walk this year!
My dad got me into taking pictures at a very young age and I inherited my grandfather’s camera collection and his passion for photography.
I love to play with paint.
Paint, scratch, pour, cover, draw, uncover, sigh, stare…..start again with “paint”………This would be the best description of my process, as I attempt to eventually arrive at a surface I am happy to live with.
Over the past years, my “rhino circus” series has evolved to include mythological references, the figure, and a variety of images combining real and imaginary flora and fauna.
I’ve been living and working out of my studio in West Vancouver for an unbelievable number of years now.
I hope you enjoy my most recent abstract explorations and interpretations of stories.
I just spent 3 months painting in Mexico. My most recent work features brightly colored, textured abstract paintings. I am using a combination of brush work and a putty knife to scrape at the surface while I layer color on color. It feels absolutely beautiful to have these colors in my eyes and the physical freedom during the creative process makes me giddy.
I am currently painting from old photos my husband took of me in which I am posing seductively for him. I am interested in exploring the ways young women are taught to behave in order to be secure and loved. In order to survive we must follow these rules. We are encouraged to all look the same and act a certain way and to keep the inner world hidden beneath the flesh.
It starts with a physical outburst. Slashing, dancing, grinding, a conversation in lines with the solid surface. I see a woman’s hip, the lines of her sensually stretching out, reaching, twisting, bending, folding and then the stories pour forth. As the shapes and layers and direction of lines assemble into stories I follow the flow to the next thing and then to the next. Whatever phenomena I am living with at the time is funneled into the art and hopefully purified entirely. Layers, stories, shapes, lines. I’m interesting in sharing an authentic, raw experience from this point in the universe. Emotion, sex, humor, animals, loneliness, isolation, strength, suffering, all the human junk. My work is autobiographical and often self portraiture.
I have always been driven to design and create things that bring pleasure and beauty to our lives. My creative journey has brought me to designing and making wearable art that is as unique as the wearer. Jewellery, like any art helps to enhance life, hence my name and logo “La Vida”, meaning “the life”. My greatest pleasure is to make custom pieces for individuals which reflect their personality and hold special meaning for them.
Being fortunate enough to live in beautiful Horseshoe Bay inspiration is all around me and, as a result, nature features strongly in my pieces. I like to work intuitively, not thinking too much about what I am going to create, just letting my heart and hands do the work. I like to use a variety of materials such as sterling silver, fine silver, mixed metals, enamel, sea glass and whatever exciting materials that find their way into my studio. Creativity has no boundaries!
Ronna Ander born and raised in Ancaster, Ontario and in 1976 moved to West Vancouver, British Columbia where she resides today.
For the past 29 years has pursued studio ceramics. Taught pottery for a number of years and presently employed as the pottery studio technician at Gleneagles Community Centre in West Vancouver.
In 1999 became a member of the Capilano University advanced pottery group. Favours traditional English and Japanese methods of stoneware pottery including salt and raku firing techniques.
The joy of making something from a lump of clay has shaped my life and I still find my enthusiasm for pottery ever growing.
I find great joy from creating art out of ‘nothing’.A lump of clay, a few tree branches; clay has been a friend throughout life, different every day.Whether teaching at Gleneagles, or at home, my favourite piece is always the next one!
– Pottery teacher at Gleneagles Community Centre pottery studio and occasionally at my home studio.– I’ve been lucky enough to do large installation pieces with 3 local schools, and also for the Van. Olympics with the Greater Lions Bay Community.– Smaller school class projects with resulting exhibitions.– Exhibits around the North Shore– Work is available privately, through the Gleneagles studio and at The Seymour Gallery, Deep Cove
Lil Chrzan is known for her light-filled Landscape paintings.
“How to describe the impact of Lil’s work? There is a quality of luminescence, of light appearing to come from inside the canvas that combines with Lil’s reverence and passion for nature to create irresistible paintings. Lil’s use of shadow and light is nothing but mastery and her palette awakens the mood and mystery of both landscape and seascape. My wish for Lil is to share her talent and unique gift both locally, nationally and internationally”~ Ruth Payne, former curator, Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver
Lil has recently had a very successful solo show at the “Visual Space Gallery” in Vancouver. She is represented by GalleryWest in Fairhaven (Bellingham), Washington. Lil Chrzan is an Honors graduate from Emily Carr College of Art and design and has exhibited in over 80 shows.
Lil has lived and painted in Horseshoe Bay since 1991.
I am a potter living in Horseshoe Bay as well as an instructor, assistant studio manager and technician at Gleneagles Community Centre.
My interests lie in both functional and sculpural pieces, wheel thrown or handbuilt so I alternate between practical and whimsical with the aim of finding something new. Surface decoration and various firing techniques are a big part of this. I have some new work from a soda firing due to taking a course with Arlynn Nobel from Ontario. I am also fortunate to be able to fire some of my smaller work in HSBAW cofounder Jackie Frioud’s salt kiln. My other work is either fired in oxidation or in smoke/pit firings. The ceramic world is full of amazing people who happily share thoughts, ideas, ways of making and I am very happy to be part of this dynamc community.
Past exhibits have included WV Harmony Arts, NVAC Art In The Garden, Miniatures Show at Place des Artes, WV Ferry Building and the Silk Purse.
Chasing colour with an emphasis on spontaneous, subconscious creations…
The moment an idea sparks in the mind it flows gently or furiously from the mind to the heart, where it is captured and turned into a moment in time. The results leap from the hand to mix around the colours … the glorious colours. Then comes the critical moment when brush touches canvas and your idea lights the canvas on fire.
Original Canadian Abstract Art for you, for your home, for your history.
Sue Des Lauriers is an Art Director and Marketing Specialist in consumer goods with 20 years of experience in the industry. She has embarked on an adventure of expression in arts, a supporter of the arts and public art advisor in her West Coast city. Her work revolves around imagery and imagination found in Canada, on the land and sea. She is enraptured with colour and the movement of paint on the canvas. She currently shows her works with the North Shore Artists Guild and the North Shore Community Arts Council.
She paints in her studio by the sea in West Vancouver where colour density and the emphasis it has on spontaneous creations fills her with joy. From the mind to the heart to the hand…enjoy viewing the works of BC Artist, Sue Des Lauriers.