Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Marilyn MacLean - P.E.I. Potters Cove

Marilyn is a student of Ron Arvidson who attended Holland College School of Visual Arts pottery program in 1982 and followed Ron to the P.E.I. Potters Studio in Victoria Park where both have taught over the years. Her business operates under the name PEI Potter's Cove.

An article on Marilyn's work was published in The Guardian in 2018.

Thirty year passion for pottery turns into side business for P.E.I. artist
Mitch MacDonald (mitchell.macdonald@theguardian.pe.ca) 
Published: Feb 19, 2018
Marilyn MacLean, of P.E.I. Potters Cove, shows some of her work during a craft fair at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. MacLean, who has 35 years of experience making pottery, has seen the demand for her product grow rapidly since creating a home studio last year. MacLean plans to sell her products at local craft shops, the Colonel Gray craft fair and Farm Day in the City before she makes it a full-time job in her retirement. MITCH MACDONALD/THE GUARDIAN

Marilyn MacLean’s successful pottery business appears to be fate.
MacLean, who has nearly 35 years of experience making pottery, has seen the demand for her product grow rapidly since starting her side business P.E.I. Potter’s Cove about a year ago from her Clyde River Home.
The name has an interesting story behind it, said MacLean.
According to the community’s website, a previous MacLean family that lived in the area in the 1850s had a property boundary marked by a cove named “Potter’s Cove” because of the brick kiln that was once located there.
I thought it was fate, it was like it was meant to be,” said MacLean, whose business previously went by “pottery by Marilyn MacLean”. “I’ve had a passion for pottery for over 30 years and finally I realized my dream of having a home studio.”
MacLean said she fell in love with pottery by accident after applying for Holland College’s graphic design course. 
However, the course was filled and MacLean didn’t want to put her education on hold for a year.
“I thought I’d try another medium and pottery was in the course catalogue,” said MacLean. “The rest is history.”
MacLean later worked at The Dunes before taking business at Holland College.
She has worked at Bell Aliant, formerly Island Tel, for the last 25 years, but has never stopped creating pottery.
Once the college closed its fine arts program almost 20 years ago, several former students formed the P.E.I. Potters Studio Co-op in Victoria Park and MacLean was invited to be an instructor.
MacLean is still one of the co-op’s three instructors and teaches both adults and children pottery.
However, last spring saw MacLean realize her dream of making her own home pottery studio.
Starting with a few items for sale, MacLean’s products were in New London’s Village Pottery all last summer.
While she has had orders from as far away as Oregon and British Columbia, MacLean has seen much of her sales come from other local craft shops as well as through individuals at craft fairs and Farm Day in the City.
With somewhat of an overwhelming demand for her products, MacLean said she hopes to keep her production on a lower scale until turning it into a new full-time job once she retires.
“I’ll do my best to make everybody happy and enjoy the success and I’d imagine it will just get better,” she said.

MacLean said she feels her involvement in pottery was fate and noted that she is a “medical miracle.”

When MacLean was born, she spent two years in the hospital while on oxygen, which resulted the loss of sight in one eye.
“It’s odd that life is just, it’s so special and I don’t take it for granted,” said MacLean. “That’s my purpose in life, to spread the love and passion of pottery.”
More information on MacLean’s work is available through the P.E.I. Potters Cove Facebook page.

Marilyn MacLean's pottery is sold through Village Pottery in New London, PEI.

Pottery by Marilyn MacLean

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Martha Carver Pottery

Active in the 1970's and 1980's Martha Carver sold her pottery at craft fairs organized by the Prince Edward Island Crafts Council.

This example of her work, a tiny potpourri jar was unsigned but indicates the reddish clay body and glaze technique she used.

Any additional information on the work of Martha Carver would be appreciated.

Patricia Richardson - Patsy Pots, Charlottetown

Patricia Richardson operated her studio under the name Patsy Pots, working out of her home workshop on Queen Elizabeth Drive in Charlottetown in the 1980's.

In retirement she has devoted more time to painting and continues to enjoy summers visits on the Island along with her husband Tom Richardson, while maintaining their main home in Nova Scotia.

Her work was in a white stoneware and used a number of different bright coloured glazed. She signed her work Patsy Pots PEI

Arden Howard Pottery

Arden Howard established her pottery on PEI in the 1980's and benefited from a time when Holland College School of Visual Arts was providing pottery training at that time.

Arden and her husband Bill Howard relocated to Alberta where she continued her pottery work.

While on PEI her work was signed Arden as well including PEI.

Daphne & Ian Scott Family Collection

Daphne & Ian Scott Family Collection

Daphne & Ian Scott Family Collection

Ramsay Pottery, Summerside, PEI

Charlotte Ramsay operated Ramsay Pottery in Summerside, PEI during the early 1970's. She also operated an antique shop along with her husband Lorne. Her pottery, made of red clay, used underglaze techniques where oxides were used for decorative purposes with a clear glaze over the top to produce a shiny red clay surface and black figures and illustrations showing through the glaze. The location of  Ramsay Pottery and antique business was the historic MacLennan-Hunt house.

The work was signed with the Ramsay Pottery mark on the bottom along with the location Summerside P.E.I. - on some pieces the year is also included. Charlotte was also a weaver and studied at Holland College School of Visual Arts.

Charlotte M. Ramsay died in 2010 at the age of 89, according to her obituary.

Research is ongoing on this work and any assistance is appreciated.

Courtesy of Blue House Antiques & Collectibles, 22 Brackley Point Road, Charlottetown - 2016

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Suzi Cameron Pottery, Summerside

 The Nova Scotia Centre for Craft & Design has the following entry for:

Suzi Cameron BFA, BA
Cameron is an established stoneware potter and multi-media artist. During the winter, Suzi makes decorative tableware at Clayworks Pottery in Halifax and each summer, since 1986, Suzi has returned to her studio at the Lefurgey Cultural Centre in her hometown of Summerside, PEI. There she produces hand-painted pottery for sale on The Island. Cameron has received numerous scholarships and awards from The Banff Centre for the Arts to study with Harry Davis, Walter Ostrom and Bruce Cochrane, from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University to help complete a Bachelor of Fine Art, and this past year from the Nova Scotia Potters Guild for ongoing historic research. Her multi-media work has been included in international exhibitions and festivals.
The 2004 Craft, Art, and Giftware Guide issued by the Province of PEI indicated the stores where her work was sold at that time.

Nova Scotia Centre For Craft and Design photo.

Suzi signs her work with the following mark, "Suzi PEI"

From the collection of Tom Banks

From the collection of Tom Banks

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Anne Coneen Pottery - The Pines - Montague

In 2012 three PEI potters gathered at Pottery by the Sea -
 Kerry Kingston's studio and shop in North Rustico. L-R, Kerry, Daphne Large, Anne Coneen.
When Anne married Allison Coneen her life would include following his career and moves across Canada to open finance offices. With a young family she found herself interested in taking up a craft while living in Ontario and thus enrolled in a pottery class. She enjoyed it greatly but didn't have her own pottery wheel so was dependent on the class facilities to continue.

On November 21, 1966, Allison and Anne Coneen bought an historic property in Montague, PEI that would become their home as well as a bed and breakfast called The Pines as well as the pottery studio/shop of Anne which included an antique shop. After the kids were in bed she would head to the studio and find herself at 2 am some evening still there, immersed in her pottery work. She developed her own glazes and indicated that clear over the red clay was one that she always enjoyed for its rich tone reflecting the iron oxide within the clay.

 Studio work of Anne Coneen.

 Studio work of Anne Coneen.

 Studio work of Anne Coneen.

 Studio work of Anne Coneen.

 Studio work of Anne Coneen.

Anne's daughter Wendy Coneen shared her mother's interest in pottery and studied in the clay studio of Holland College School of Visual Arts in 1976. Anne eventually sold the Montague property and moved to Charlottetown to be near family. It was a pleasure to meet with both Anne and Wendy in October 2016 when they paid a visit to Village Pottery in New London, PEI.

She signed much of her work with her full name  "Anne Coneen, PEI". In 1974 she was also signing with her initials in the format "ALC - PEI - 1974"

From the collection of Tom Banks
From the collection of Tom Banks

Marilyn MacLean - P.E.I. Potters Cove

Marilyn is a student of Ron Arvidson who attended Holland College School of Visual Arts pottery program in 1982 and followed Ron to the P.E....