News from around the studio

April 2018
This large stoneware jar is glazed with a new glaze I've developed recently using local materials.

A few months ago some township workers were doing road maintenance near our home, and exposed a clay deposit. This deposit was along the edge of a large marsh complex called, The Slough of Despond. The clay was deposited thousands of years ago at the bottom of a post-glacial lake. It looked to me like the clay might be good material for glazes, so I collected some samples.

I crushed and filtered the clay to remove twigs and stones, and then fired some test samples. One particular test that included a small addition of sugar maple wood ash looked most promising, and that's the glaze on this jar. I'm putting this jar aside for my exhibition in November, Trusting My Intuition.

A lot of the pieces I'll be working on this month will be put aside for a solo exhibition I'll be having in November at the Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery in London, Ontario.

Three of my works in clay are part of a group exhibition currently on at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound, Ontario. The exhibition is titled, Anatomy of a Collector, and was curated by Brian Cooke. The exhibition runs until the end of April.

My photograph Fireflies and Star Trails was selected for a National Geographic assignment published online. The assignment is titled, Exploring Time.

  • Upcoming Events:
    • Art in the Garden The not to be missed annual art sale at the remarkable Keppel Croft Gardens, this year held on July 14th
    • Trusting My Intuition Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery London ON opening November 7, 2018. This exhibition will mark my fifty years of working with clay as a potter.
  • See you next month!

    Steve Irvine
    484068 Cape Road
    Georgian Bluffs, Ontario
    Canada N0H 2T0