Monday, March 23, 2020

Pottery Marks of Prince Edward Island - Judy Cheverie: Clay Art - Funk & Stuff Pottery

Judy Cheverie produces clay art under the name Funk & Stuff Pottery. She has been an active member of the PEI Potters Studio Co-operative for a number of years.

Her work includes sculptural work as well as functional work. She signs her work with her name - Judy Cheverie and the year.

by Judy Cheverie
photo by Ian Scott

by Judy Cheverie
  photo by Judy Cheverie on Facebook

by Judy Cheverie
  photo by Judy Cheverie on Facebook

Potters Mark used by Judy Cheverie
  photo by Ian Scott

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Pottery Marks of Prince Edward Island - Chris Robinson - Loft Studio PEI

The Facebook page for Loft Studio states that they represent "the modernist art pottery & fine art by Chris Robinson. Why not sip ur coffee from a funky elf's-ear mug instead of that old Walmart cup?! Also SN lithographs."

The location is listed as 8537 Cavendish Rd. in Cavendish, PEI

The rack card circulating in 2019 call the business The Mad Potter of Cavendish likely a homage to the popular and quirky TV series Cavendish than launched in January 2019.

It also indicates that the pottery uses scrafitto and shellac resist designs.

Loft Studio - Chris Robinson - Facebook 2017

Loft Studio - Chris Robinson - Facebook 2018

Pottery Marks of Prince Edward Island - Lisa Finkle - Finkle Pottery

The Facebook page for Finkle Pottery states that, "Lisa Finkle is an Island potter, offering pottery creations online through Facebook and Instagram, and at seasonal sales events."

Her potter's mark is her last name Finkle and PEI.

Pottery Marks of Prince Edward Island - Jerika Ramsay - The Potter's Perspective

The Etsy shop for Jerika indicates: "First of all, thank you so much for checking out my shop and I hope you find what you're looking for!

My name is Jerika Ramsay and I live in Prince Edward Island, Canada. After I graduated high school I spent a couple years in Pennsylvania attending a ministry school and loved every second. When I moved back home I knew I needed a new hobby to smooth the transition and keep me busy on my free time... this is where pottery came in. I took 10 weeks of classes and then kept learning on my own, it truly was and still is a gift to me.

By day I am the assistant chaplain for the women in our Provincial Corrections Center and by night you can find me parked at my wheel!"

Jerika's pottery is signed Jerika and the year.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Pottery Marks of Prince Edward Island - Jack & Ian Scott - Village Pottery

Writing about myself does not come as easy as other entries in this blog, and thus after seven years as a studio potter I am just now writing a bit about my own potter's mark. The joined VP mark is the signature used jointly by the production from the studio I share with my son Jack Scott and represents the initial letters of our family shop - Village Pottery which is located in New London on the north shore of PEI.

My wife Daphne Large, and daughter Suzanne Scott are also potters and in 2012 my dabbling in clay became a serious pursuit developing slab construction techniques which use many of my prior skills and tools in a converted leatherwork studio. Joined by son Jack, there are four family members making pottery. Our studios overlap in the finishing of pieces as Daphne and Suzanne glaze and fire the work Jack and I produce, and thus they share in the creative process of each of our pieces in selecting and applying glazes. We play a role in their items as well by firing kilns and recycling scrap clay from their studios thus while the operation is spread over four studios in three locations in Charlottetown and in New London, most pieces have been handled by three if not four members family members before they reach our customers. Thus using a "VP PEI" studio mark for the work we make reflects better the combined effort than several signatures on each piece. This is also standard practice in many traditional studios where more than one potter contributes to the finished piece, and the finished piece bears the mark of the studio rather than initials of individuals.

VP potter's mark with PEI and year

Ceramic tool made for making VP potter's mark on base of handles.

VP mark on bottom of pottery as well as on base of handle.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Aileen Brophy

Aileen Brophy was a student at Holland College School of Visual Arts in Charlottetown in the late 1970's at about the same time as her daughter, who has the same name was also a student. The younger Aileen was studying studio jewellery while her mother was a potter and lived in Summerside; she signed her work "Brophy P.E.I." along with the year.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Catherine G. Hennessey

For most people on PEI, the name Catherine G. Hennessey is immediately associated with preservation of the built environment. Both a tireless heritage advocate and historian, Catherine produced a small book on the Prince Edward Island Pottery Co. and is an avid collector of Island pottery.

Among her collection is a piece that she created in clay during the time she was employed at Holland College School of Visual Arts in the mid 1980's.

The clay house is a model of Atwell House a stone house located in New Haven, PEI, which Canada's Historic Places describes it as:

The Atwell House is notable for its use of Island sandstone in its construction. It is one of only 8 remaining sandstone homes built in 19th Century PEI. The property that Atwell House now sits on was originally glebe land. In 1837, this land was given to Ambrose Lane by his father-in-law, Lt. Governor C.D. Smith. Lane had a varied and influential career as an army and militia officer, politician, and judge. Lane sold the land to Thomas Kickham in 1840. It is believed the house was built in 1842 using proceeds from the sale of the adjacent farm. Kickham called the property the Dog River Farm for the river running below it, later to be renamed the Clyde. 
Local tradition maintains that the stone for the house was taken from the farm property, and construction was undertaken by local stone masons, Thomas and John Heartz. It is also believed that the finish work carpentry was done with timber sent from the Island to England and then returned for installation, arriving by ship at a dock formerly on the property. 
In 1843, Ambrose Lane re-acquired the property and used it as a hunting lodge. After his death in 1853, it saw a number of owners and became known variously as Sherwood Farm and later Atwell House, after the family who owned it in the 1970s. 

Pottery Marks of Prince Edward Island - Judy Cheverie: Clay Art - Funk & Stuff Pottery

Judy Cheverie produces clay art under the name Funk & Stuff Pottery. She has been an active member of the PEI Potters Studio Co-operativ...