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





2 comments:

Wendy Coneen said...

Thank you Ian. Mom loves what you wrote and we thoroughly our visit with you and Daphne
I would like to post some other pictures of her pottery. How do I do it?

Wendy Coneen said...

Thanks again Ian. Mom will love this. Hope you had a great summer

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