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British Columbia Premier Christy Clark visits the Open Studio

Wednesday, we had a special treat at the Port Moody Arts Centre. A well-known political figure sat down with us at the hand building table, after making her way around the room to meet us individually. For us, the apex of the visit took place when Pauline worked with British Columbia Premier Christy Clark on a soft boxes made of white clay. It turns out, the premier’s sister pursued ceramics at Emily Carr and she said there used to be a potter’s wheel and kiln at the family’s summer cabin. Clark had visited the arts centre before for a Raku-U day and, at one time, she was the neighbor of staff member Ruth Hoyem, so the whole visit was comfortable and enjoyable. Officially, her visit centred on an announcement she made at a press conference at the centre, a planned event with full media presence. For this post, though, I’ll concentrate on the art and forego the politics, though you can hear more about it on the video below. When I arrived, at 11 a.m., Gary and Pauline were already there and they had done quite a bit to make the place presentable. Some of our finished pieces had been set up for display on wedging tables

(Double-click to see full-size slide show and cutlines.)

and counters. We were all working on our current projects when she arrived with her retinue. Gary’s and Otto’s sculptures are large and they made good subjects for the cameras. Later, I saw some footage of us on the evening news and Pauline and the premier’s photo ended up in some newspapers and that was fun to see. The piece Clark was working on will be finished and sent to her as a gift from the centre. I think Pauline handled the situation exceptionally well. The focus was on her, too, as she dealt with the scrum housed in the glazing room and, later, in the studio. It was elbow room only, packed as it was with photographers, reporters and video cameramen. If you haven’t been in a media frenzy, it can be quite an experience, what with people jockeying around, trying to get the best shots. None of us were very fazed by it, though and Pauline later commented that she thought it was because we became so involved with the pieces we were working on. At one point, Pauline was showing the premier how to use a brush to daub water on the bottom of a lid handle (the same way she would in one of her childrens’ art classes). She said something like, “Next, we use some Magic Water…” Later, when she was showing Clark how to attach something else, Pauline inquired of the media, “And, now, what do we use?” and looked up at their faces. They dutifully replied, “Magic Water!” We all had a good laugh. You could tell they liked being included and it put them at ease. After all, we’re all just people…

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark at the Port Moody Arts Centre



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How do you like them ceramic apples?

When I think of fall, I think of apples. Red, yellow and green, apples ripen in autumn and soon it’ll be apple picking time. Fall festivals will feature apple bobbing barrels and serve fresh apple pies. Apple cider will soon be bottled. Don’t forget an apple for the teacher! My husband swears by apples and, for years, he’s eaten two each day. He switched to Red Delicious after learning they were the highest in antioxidants. I prefer Granny Smiths.

Some of the coolest handmade ceramic apples I’ve seen are those by Jean Saake. Mountain Made out of Asheville, North Carolina, carries her line, describing them as “delightful and unusual art pieces…that have been peeled,’ ‘bitten’ or just whole with ‘slight bruises.’ They are terrific and deserve a boo, so I hope you’ll boot them up. If you are interested in finding out more, use the site’s personal shopper to get in touch with this Smokey Mountain retailer. (“The Mountain Made Gallery is a division of Mountain BizWorks, a local not-for-profit organization that provides business training, loans, and entrepreneurial aid to Western North Carolina area residents.”) Gallery of the Mountains states that the 75 year old Jean “has dabbled in virtually every craft form available – she is an accomplished ceramic artist, fabulous knitter, sculptor, gourmet cook, weaver, trained in egg tempera painting and in oil painting on porcelain.”

Next, I want to feature some splendid apples made by Pauline Doyle, artist-in-residence at the Port Moody Arts Centre. They are truly some of the most elegant pieces I have seen. Forget about the wax fruit on your granny’s dining table! The pair at the left are called “Apples-Pitt fired.” I remember watching Pauline make these…the leaves and stems are plump, have substance. Click here to see more of her work. I have yet to actually see the ones below, but I so want to do so. The concept is appealing and I love that they are such a pure, pure white: “White Apple Journey 1 of 3 in a series” and “White Apple Journey,” a close-up. Truly a treat for the eyes! By the way, Johnny Appleseed was a real person. His name was John Chapman and he was a nurseryman, according to Wikipedia. In the 1800s, he planted seeds in what is present-day Ohio, Illinois and Indiana in the United States. I wonder if they still teach children about Johnny Appleseed in the schools…. Until now, I didn’t know whether it was an apocryphal story or not. What isn’t true is that he sowed seeds willy nilly. “He planted nurseries rather than orchards, built fences around them to protect them from livestock, left the nurseries in the care of a neighbor who sold trees on shares, and returned every year or two to tend the nursery,” according to the entry. He did follow a subsistence lifestyle, but didn’t wear a pot on his head, as we were taught. Chapman “wore the worst of the used clothing he received, giving away the better clothing in barter.” He was a vegetarian who cared for deeply for animals and even insects. “When he heard a horse was to be put down, he bought the horse, bought a few grassy acres nearby, and turned the horse out to recover. When it did, he gave the horse to someone needy, exacting a promise to treat the horse humanely.” Apparently no one knows the exact date when Johnny died or where his is buried, but the year 1845 is given. Until now, I also did not know that Johnny Appleseed remained unmarried and that he was an itinerant preacher of the Swedenborg sect. So, today, the first day of September, let’s consider the apple….


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Port Moody ArtWalk features Pauline Doyle

12th Annual Port Moody ArtWalk


Pauline Doyle

at the Port Moody Arts Centre

April 16th & 17th, noon to 5:00 p.m.

2425 St Johns Street
Port Moody, BC

(604) 931-2008

Pauline Doyle is the Artist-in-Residence at the Port Moody Centre and, as such, she manages the Clay Department, teaches classes to people of all ages, and works in her art studio. “I am inspired by visual artists and other art forms such as poetry, drama or music. Life and nature inspires me as well,” writes Pauline in her Artist’s Statement. I’ve seen Pauline Doyle work over a period of several years and find work highly imaginative and her techniques refined. She explores themes in an in-depth fashion. Come on down to the Port Moody Arts Centre tomorrow to see Pauline’s artwork firsthand and to talk with her in person! If you want to read more about Pauline’s work, click here. Inquiries can be directed to info@pomoartscentre.ca.

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Pauline Doyle’s Solo Show: “Still Life”

Port Moody Arts Centre presents Pauline Doyle in a solo show opening Friday, November 12th. Still Life will be shown in the 3-D Gallery at the centre, located at 2425 St. Johns St., Port Moody, and the Opening Reception runs from 6-8 p.m.

“Resident Artist Pauline Doyle wears many hats at the Port Moody Arts Centre. She runs the Open Studio sessions, looks after kiln firings, mixes slips and glazes, orders materials and instructs hand-building courses. At other times, you may find her creating ceramic artwork in her own studio at the centre.

A graduate of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia, Pauline continued with her study of ceramics at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.”


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