Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Feast of Pottery - St John's NL Canada

Feast Postcard Front
Link to Feast of Pottery

The annual Feast of Pottery is about to start! Ceramic craft/artists from various parts of North America have been invited by  St John's curator Alexis Templeton. We have been invited and can't wait to see this once a year opportunity, to check out exceptional new work from an ever changing selection of ceramicist! It's a wonderful show and sale. If you are in the area be sure to take it in!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Temporary Change in shopping hours!

Dear Customers:
King's Point Pottery will have irregular hours from the 24th to the 28th of Sept. ie we will only be open from 11am to 4pm.  If you plan on visiting during those dates pls do call ahead to confirm opening hours.
Sorry for any inconvenience!

Monday, September 17, 2012 profiles kingspointpottery

Corinne and Gary Funk of Arts Quest in NL.

King's Point Pottery Fine Craft Gallery was recently profiled by Arts Quest or
I call them the new Canadian "Etsy"....that is to say they are developing a new online full service sales site for fine craft and fine art types from Canada only.

Prior to putting the finishing touches on their e-commerce site they are laying the real honest ground work by travelling right across the country visiting crafts persons, arts persons and...discovering them, interviewing them and learning about them in general.

Here is the link to their blog-video of our interview here in Newfoundland:

Hope you enjoy it and I recommend you continue to check out their other interesting interviews!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Fusion article on

Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery is featured in an article from the very latest issue of Ontario's (Canada) Fusion Magazine (Vol. 36, No. 2). The writer Judy Donaldson discusses the fantastic national ceramics show from the summer called "Matter of Clay III" by the JBS Gallery. Having been lucky enough to attend the opening in person (as did 49 other artists of the 102 showing work from across Canada) I can tell you it was all time Canadian highlight in my 20 years in the business! Can't wait for the next Matter of Clay. Above photo is from Fusion article and courtesy of JBS Gallery...great company to be in!!!!!

Jonathon has invited King's Point Pottery  to send work to yet another national show this summer at the JBS Gallery. The title has gone out of my head...mmm...have to call Jonathon on that one! Oh...Linda just reminded me , it is "Yesterday and Today" from August 09 to September 01, 2012 at the Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery in London, Ontario, Canada. Hope anyone in the London Ontario area this summer will be able to stop by and check it out!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Iced-bergy bowl from Seattle Soda firing.

 Gail Nichols , the famous innovator from Australia was our wonderful soda firing workshop leader. The objective was to get soda ice built up on the work. Some how it is fitting (and a bit strange at the same time,) that someone living in Newfoundland would in the 100th anniversary year of the sinking of the Titanic (just off our coast) be making iceberg bowls (carved from solid lumps of white clay) and want them glazed with soda ice crystals by a potter from down under. Well as you can definitely worked. The clay for this piece is a white (raku) sculpture clay cone 10 with 25% 30-80 mesh grog by Tuckers Pottery Supply from Ontario, Canada. The workshop was held during NCECA 2012 at the amazing facility called Pottery Northwest in Seattle, Washington, USA.
(Image credit: Itaro Hayashida)

Off on a LARK....books that, hopefully...

I was right there, in Asheville NC, USA, a few years back, the home of Lark Books who are known around the world for their 500 series on craft books. While it was not a big memorable space, was a place I'll never forget in terms of craft literature! Anyways... they just had a call for submissions for a new "500 teapots" that just closed. Unfortunately, we won't know for months if none, one.. or any of our four submissions will be included in their newest book. But having been in their 2008 book "500 plates and chargers"...we have our fingers and toes crossed for continued success in this next 500 series!

(Oh and the yellow teapot shown above...not ours..but I'd hit "like" for sure!)
(Photo credit: Lark Books)

NLAC Grant Final Report going in...

We likely do not mention this organization as much as we really should. The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council  gave us a major grant back on 15 May 2011 to hire a world class writer, curator...a.k.a.Gloria Hickey to assist in getting our first Saidye Bronfman Award Nomination package together and a million other things surrounding that huge effort overseen by the nominating group, The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador. The NLAC covers grants and awards for everything from dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, to writing. We wish to say a really wonderful grand thank you to the NLAC (and the province of NL who strongly support the NLAC's efforts) for all their valuable hard work....and to say the final report will be in the mail tomorrow!
Best arts wishes
L. Yates & D. Hayashida

Saturday, April 7, 2012

A solitary Philosophers Stone vase!

Sorry...I realized after I posted the last group don't really get a good feel for the fine craftspersonship from the previous candid shot. So although this is yet another amateur image by me...I hope it better portrays the timeless beauty of their work. (But I have added it to my to do list of a pro shot for the stone vases.)
David Hayashida and Linda Yates
(PS: Locally collected arctic cotton grass in the vase.)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Back from NCECA Seattle, USA

You're unbelievable...It's pure GOLD for a ceramic artist building up their business. Imagine 5,000 +delegates, 190+ ceramic exhibitions, 173 resource booths,..well over 5,000 images taken.

The top 5...

1.) We have now identified 6 USA exhibitions we will be applying to this year.

2.) Learned a innovative approach to firing... hands on at Pottery one of just 12 students... from the world's most famous soda artist, Gail Nichols of Australia.
(Thanks to go out to Fedex and their other shippers for getting our pots for the soda firing, to the workshop on time, right across the continent (town by town by town as shown in the previous post) , across the border and yes all in one piece!...we are now patiently awaiting the pots to return from Seattle to King's Point Pottery by...Fedex and friends!)

3.) Learned first hand in a small preconference workshop, a new way of making tea pots from one of our most favourite British potter's, Walter Keeler.

4.) Learned about a brand new (space age) ceramic canvas material from Canada's first Bronfman Award Winner, Robin Hopper.

5.) Made a lot of new friends and caught up with old friends...learning all we could about the international world of ceramics and telling them about NL.

To say we are very fortunate does not come even close to the mark. We are hugely grateful to our Craft Industry Development Program, CIDP run by the provincial craft division of IBRD, ACOA and the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, CCNL; our family; our friends; colleagues and customers. They all in varying degrees make it possible for us to continue to put our best foot forward here at King's Point Pottery.
Many thanks to all of the above!

David Hayashida & Linda Yates
King's Point Pottery

... and more exciting news to follow very shortly!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Its getting there via midland+eastex+fedex

Scheduled for final destination
Mar 19, 2012
Mar 17, 2012 5:44 AM
On FedEx vehicle for delivery
Scheduled for delivery next business day
Mar 17, 2012 5:36 AM
At local FedEx facility
Mar 16, 2012 9:02 PM
Departed FedEx location
Mar 16, 2012 3:10 PM
Arrived at FedEx location
Mar 13, 2012 9:09 AM
Departed FedEx location
Mar 13, 2012 4:37 AM
Arrived at FedEx location
Mar 12, 2012 9:35 PM
In transit
Mar 12, 2012 8:51 PM
Departed FedEx location
Mar 12, 2012 7:11 PM
International shipment release
Mar 12, 2012 6:06 PM
Arrived at FedEx location
Mar 9, 2012 9:11 PM
Arrived at FedEx location
Mar 9, 2012 7:43 AM
Left FedEx origin facility
Mar 8, 2012 8:19 PM
Arrived at FedEx location
Mar 8, 2012 5:27 PM
Picked up

Signed up for pick up Feb 27, 2012 2:00PM

Work for Gail Nichols firing workshop made and ready to ship to Seattle, WA, USA

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

NCECA Seattle, USA

Salt fired teapot by Wally Keeler (price $1,100.00 from a Gallery in London England )

Soda fired Cloud jar by Gail Nichols.

Linda and I are headed off to the other edge of the continent, Seattle in Washington State. It is this years site for the biggest international clay conference in North America, the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, the NCECA Conference. We will be doing a firing with the world's most famous soda firer, Gail Nichols of Australia and taking a workshop with one of the finest salt fire potters anywhere, Walter Keeler of London England.... And see thousands of amazing pots from all around the world. I can't wait show you the work that will we make this summer as a result of all this glorious inspiration. It's March Madness for potters!!