Sunday, November 6, 2011

Christmas Craft Fair at St John's, NL...Nov 9-13th

The CCNL Christmas Craft Fair is open on:
Wednesday from 12-9pm,
Thursday from 10-9,
Friday from 12-9,
Saturday from 10-9
Sunday from 10-5

at the Arts and Culture Centre in St John's...lots of entry!!

Hope to see you there.

Best wishes

Linda and David

Thursday, October 13, 2011

More fall icebergs

Location: Langdon's Cove route 391 Green Bay NL.
Location: King's Point / Rattling Brook route 391 Green Bay NL.
Location: Nickey's Nose Cove route 391, Green Bay, NL. Burlington-Smith`s Harbour in background.
Location: Langdon's Cove
Location: Harry's Harbour, route 391, Green Bay , NL.

Location: Harry's Harbour, Green Bay, NL.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Potters show by Alexis Templeton: "Feast of Pottery"

King's Point Pottery will be part of a wonderful group show, the second annual Feast of Pottery at the Geo Centre in St John's from the 8 to the 10th of October, 2011. Produced by Alexis Templeton Studio! Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 5, 2011

More about the ice (berg) island

Q: Just how big is it?
A: Check out this short video!
It has lakes, rivers and water falls...birds, seals, (no bears that I noticed),.... pieces breaking off all the time, moans and groans... bubbles and towers, ice faces...and of course super duper air conditioning

Petermann icebergs Baie Verte!!

The Petermann ice island "B" in off Seal Cove on the Baie Verte Penninsula in Central Newfoundland, Canada. It is just unbelievable! Special thanks to Carl Osbourne of Seal Cove for arranging the boat tour.

Next door in beautiful Wild Cove harbour is a sizable chunk of the ice island with many iceberg dotting the local waters. Don't delay...go today!!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

It's Official "Bronfman Nominee"


From: Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador


*For immediate release.

ST. JOHN’S, NL (August 15, 2011) – The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador recently nominated two of its members for the Saidye Bronfman Award, Canada’s foremost distinction for excellence in fine craft. Linda Yates and David Hayashida will compete nationally for the award and its $25,000 prize, which is presented annually to exceptional fine craft artists.

The collaborating duo operates a studio, King’s Point Pottery, in rural Newfoundland and specializes in salt/soda firing and high-fired functional stoneware. “For more than 18 years, Linda Yates and David Hayashida have consistently evolved an ever-greater range of ceramic art, capturing the essence of contemporary Newfoundland culture and the attention of collectors, curators and critics,” noted Craft Council executive director Anne Manuel.

“With several provincial and national awards already under their collective belts, Yates and Hayashida are poised for great success. The recognition a Bronfman Award brings would be incredible for their careers as craftspeople.” She continued, “The Craft Council is confident in this nomination not only for the excellence of their ceramics, but also for the innovation of their techniques and the dedication they have shown as craftspeople and community leaders.” The extensive nomination package took two years to compile before it was ready for submission.

Yates and Hayashida, meanwhile, are delighted to have been nominated. “Receiving the Bronfman Award is simply the highest honour in all of Canada for any fine craft artist. Just being nominated is an incredible feeling. Almost all of our favourite master craftspeople have, at some point, either won a Bronfman or been nominated for one. We’re excited to be in the running!”

In its 34 years, the Bronfman Award has never been won by a craftsperson from Newfoundland and Labrador. This fact only adds to the excitement of the nomination, according to Yates. “While no one from our province has won this prestigious award, we’re confident that with so many outstanding craftspeople around us, it’s certainly not a question of ‘if’ it will happen, but ‘when’.”

In addition to the prestige and prize money associated with winning a Bronfman, the Canadian Museum of Civilization acquires creative works by the recipient for its permanent collection. The Bronfman Award was created in 1977 and became part of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts in 2007. The awards presentation will take place in March 2012.

The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador is a member-based organization that works to maximize the artistic and economic potential of the craft community of the province. For further information, call (709) 753-2749.

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Jennifer Barnable Communications Director

Tel: 709.753.2749

Co-Nominees for 2012 Bronfman Award

Linda Yates &David Hayashida

Tel: 709.268.2216

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Opening Matter of Clay III

It was a zoo!!!! It is some hard to push people back at a national get a quick shot of work on the opening night! (4,500 sq ft of sensational work!) Thank you to Linda for picking me to go while she slaved away at the studio/shop in King's Point...but next time Linda goes to face the wild crowds! (Maybe one of the reasons it was so very crowded was because of CBC Radio's Mack Furlong of WAM...the Weekend Arts Magazine in NL did a story on this National show! They are so marvellous for getting the message out there to Canadians! )

Here Iam meeting thee Jonathon for the first time of the Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery. (Thanks to good friend Peter Schaefer for the pic!)

Finally no crowds...a shot taken after everyone left for the some of the finest work from all across Canada...what a treat and a half!

Spring, summer, winter, & fall. (Not quite in the perfect order...but still lovely.) Our tea bowls for the four seasons framed with Calvin Yates marine recycled Rattling Brook wharf stick tray on a bed of (uncooked) rice and chop sticks.(...water to cook the meal not included.) Local NL materials used on the surface and a variety of clay bodies used. (click on images for close ups)

Here's a close up of our "Sex on the beach: Nickey's Nose Cove Capelin Basket"
....mating Capelin on the handle and on the feet underside, local Paddy's Brook clay glaze (brown), and a Japanese "lichen" glaze on the exterior...very NL! (..special thanks to Jane Thelwell for the handle supplies and handle advice.)

Part of our "S" series (NL tin kettle series) OR as we call 'em here in Central Newfoundland a "Slut" (yes it is true, check your NL dictionary!) It is the architectural interpretation of our ever expanding "S" series. (FYI: Sheila Clennell (Ontario) has some amazing work (just the very corner of which is in this picture)...I could show you but 'no' I won't spoil it for you as it would be so much better to see them in person!!)

Meeting with other Bronfman nominee's...old friends and wonderfully talented potters (far left Mel Bolen (Saskatchewan) and far right Gordon Hutchens (BC) missing from the photo Bruce Cochrane (Ontario)!

The fabulous work of Reed Weir of NL! Reed had alot of amazing work at the show!!!

The Jonathon gallery front after hours. Thank you to Jonathon and Brian for putting together such an incredible show/event!! Everything is for sale for one month head on over to London, Ontario to see this once every 5 year opportunity to see/buy some of the very finest ceramics from all across Canada.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

King's Point invited to "Matter of Clay III"

What an honour to be invited to this third national ceramics show! There are over 3000 years of accummulated ceramics skills/knowledge represented at this one show (by 102 artists). It really indicates how important a show (of this size) truly is when over half of those showing work will be there in person at the opening..KPP included! What a half decade treat! only happens once every 5 years. Hope to see you there or that you will get to take in the event before it closes.

Canada's largest national ceramics exhibition is Matter of Clay III
open to the public 12 noon August 5th, 2011 and running until September 2, 2011.
Canada, Ontario, London, 258 Dundas Street, Jonathon Brancroft-Snell Gallery! (North America's largest contemporary Ceramic Gallery)
Who: (102 of Canada's finest ceramic artists)
NEWFOUNDLAND&LABRADOR Yates. Linda , Hayashida. David, Weir. Reed
ALBERTA Chalke, John * Chaytor, Katrina (NL) * Manning, Les * Tipton, Barbara * Nipshank, Glen
BRITISH COLUMBIA Birstein, Suzy * Boyd, Bill * Brewer-White, Elaine * Delatour Lepoidevin, Susan * Dexter, Walter * Dyelle, JudiRolland, Laurie * Hutchens, Gordon * Marshall-Inman, Glenys * Mathison, Meira * Merkel, Gary * Michener, SallyNagle Stevenson, Pamela * Fox, Mary * Ngan, Wayne * * Webber, Pat * Weeden,Rogers, Craig Judy * Burgess, AlanBurgess, Meg * Card. Louise * Chinnery, Rachelle * Shigeno, Kinichi * Bowman, Marlene * Jefferson, Cathi
MANITOBA Lacovetsky, Alan * Metcalfe, Valerie * Archambeau, Robert * Dahl. Karen * Nickel, Grace * Stafford, Kevin
NEW BRUNSWICK Blake, Judy * Clark, Lee Horus * Clark, Yolande * Powning, Peter * Emenau, Darren * Thomas, Peter
NOVA SCOTIA Ravindra, Sally * Smith, Jim
ONTARIO Beam, Ann * Brandao, Celia * Campbell. Keith * Cochrane, Bruce * Daymond, Heather * diPetta, AngeloFisher, Marianne * Heinemann, Steve * House, Harlan * Irvine, Steve * Mah, Audrey * Markson, Mayta * Cabri, MimiMichaelson, Carol-Ann * Monostory, Zsuzsa * Mortimer, Ann * Nasr, Dian * O'Young, Kayo * Pratt, BernadetteRon Roy * Rossman, Carol * Wheatley. Joyce * Willoughby, Liz * Cloney, Helen * Roberts, Ann * Beam, AnongShadford, George * Donaldson, Judy * Driver-Kerslake, Heather * Franklin-Clennell, Sheila * Graham, JudithKerslake, Roger * Link, Sarah * Low-Beer, Susan * Creber, Diane * Swain, Chandler * Wilson, Jane
QUEBECFoulem, LĂ©opold L. * Goyer-Bonneau, A & D * Legros-Wise, Enid * Mullavey, Dean * Murray, PaulaSavaria, Lisette * Vicente, Vera* Brouilette, Diane * Killoran, Audrey * Poissant, Gilbert * Savoie, MauriceBaghaeian, Mahmoud * Cotes. Rejean
SASKATCHEWANBolen, Mel * Epp, Carole * Mah, Jeannie * Rocamora, Anita

For more info:

Sorry no images (permitted) just yet...I'll post some images after the show opens after the 5th of August!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Icebergs at Fleur De Lys, Newfoundland and Labrador

July 18, 2011

Icebergs are back in Fleur De Lys (on the Baie Verte Penninsula, Central NL) and many more (much much larger) bergs heading down to there!! Dale Shea from FDL was our skipper! Thanks to the Dorset Soapstone site who notified us of the bergs. Images by David Hayashida.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Spot the whale and berg!!

Satellite gps messaging system or "spot" is our new whale and berg device!Central Tourism (DMO - (Shannon Pinsent-exec. dir.)) just started a pilot project where they have loaned us one of these high tech devices to let tourists know where to stop for whales and bergs.

If you see a whale or iceberg this summer-fall... please notify us asap pls at 268-2216 or and we will let tourism and lots of other agencies know right away where to direct tourists!!! Any where from Triton to Shoe Cove and all the 30 places in between...let us know and we'll send tourists your way! Now there are 9 other "spots" in our central region but let us see if we can spot the most whales and bergs!

Spot the whale/bergs and get the tourists!!

Cheers David

Friday, June 17, 2011

We got it!

We got it! "The world's most expensive chocolate bar" typically refers to thee one and only "Porcelana" by Amedei Chocolates of Italy. Awarded Best dark chocolate bar, Best bean to bar and the Golden bean is one of the very best bars on the planet. So you now have the ultimate KPP choices for 2011: Porcelana at $24.00 a bar, Chuao at $17.00 a bar and Toscano Black 70% at $10.00 a bar. Certainly, these are not in everyone's budget but if they are in often can you get the world's best of anything for less than $25.00?

Wishing everyone a most delicious day.

Darkly yours,

David et al.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Burlington's Majumder Manor Man at King's Point

Burlington, (NL, Canada) born (now honest to goodness Hollywood type star of stage and screen...) Shaun Majumder (far right next to pop, linda, scott and finally me on the far left) dropped by King's Point to chat about his really big new project for outport Newfoundland and Labrador, the 12 part series "Majumder Manor" that will be shot/filmed on location in Burlington, NL! First it was Republic of Doyle (great show not just for "townies") but's a whole new kind of Bay-Watch...NL style!

His idea is documenting the construction of a eco-lux-boutique-inn tv project (on the W network) on the Baie Verte Penninsula right here in the Central region of the island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador. Wow...very exciting stuff for the whole province...and to be seen around the world.
Keep a look out for it... and Shaun who is doing a cross Canada Tour and for updates on his "Majumder Manor" check out
and for more on "just who is that b'y from burlington see

Best of luck to Shaun and his team in promoting outport Newfoundland and Labrador!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Japan Earthquake Fundraiser

Here is the draft sketch of the "Hai (Yes) Japan- Iie (No) Nukes" tumblers now in the pre-production phase for our Japan Earthquake Fundraiser here at King's Point Pottery, King's Point, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada. (Yes... this shape is based on the 3 mile island nuclear power plant cooling towers!) While the price is yet to be finalized for one of these limited edition tumblers, it will be around $25.00 each (any taxes, shipping... extra) and all of the profits will go to potters in Japan affected by the March 11th, 2011 earthquake. If you wish to get one for yourself, reserve/hold one or give one to a friend(s) you can either email or call or contact us in one of the following ways: , , or 709-268-2216....or if you wish to donate in other ways there is the fabulous who are collecting money to Japanese potters in the Mashiko area or of course the gold standard red cross or doctors without borders (or other reputable earthquake relief organizations supporting Japan.) Both Linda and I strongly encourage everyone to give something to the Japan Earthquake victims if you are able to. Thank you very much for taking the time to read this important message! Best wishes David