The Birds and the Bees
to Sep 29

The Birds and the Bees

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Show Statement

The Nova Scotia Potters Guild Presents The Birds and the Bees 

At the Potters Guild`s AGM in 2018 it was announced there was going to be an application for a show at The Craig gallery. The membership was asked for some theme ideas and a few suggestions were blurted out. When someone suggested “The Birds and The Bees” as our theme, a few people snickered, but you could feel the excitement grow. Written in poetry and song, in jest and all-seriousness, the phrase evokes images far and wide. Our members were encouraged to think outside the box, challenge their creativity and create work that inspires and responds to the phrase.  The Nova Scotia Potters Guild would like to present to you our 2019 members group show.

The Nova Scotia Potters Guild show includes a wide range of artists from beginners to masters, hobbyists to production potters, educators and technicians.  Each exploring clay in their own way. We are pleased to see our members create such variety of work including sculpture, functional, wall pieces and raku, just to name a few.

The Nova Scotia Potters Guild was founded in 1991 by 13 potters who wanted to learn and teach and enjoy one another’s company. Twenty-eight years on, the Guild remains the main organization for the local ceramic community. As such we strive to be the crossroads for potters and a resource on making, displaying, teaching, and learning our art and craft.  

Today both the Guild’s membership and its mission have expanded. There are now over 150 members from across the province. The NSPG focuses on education, training, exhibitions, resources, mentorship, and acts as an advocate for clay in the province.   

The Birds and The Bees will be the guild`s 5th group exhibition and we have previously shown in locations such as The Craig Gallery, Government House, Swoon Fine Art, and The Mary E. Black Gallery.  

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Casting Workshop with Bunk Trinacty

Casting your 3-dimensional masterpiece 
In this workshop you will create your master,  cast it, and reproduce your original.

4 hour casting workshop
Saturday, July 6  during the PCAF studio tour

Schedule: Class from 10-12, a one hour lunch break , class continues 1-3pm
Maximun 12 participants

All supplies included   $45

 Contact Bunk to book your place in this workshop
Bunk Trinacty  
5 Cleveland Point Road  Queensland  
Call / text: 902 456-1699

PS...there is a possible workshop planned for Truro in August!

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to Aug 25

Woven Woods, featuring the work of NSPG member Toni Losey


Patterns of Growth - Toni Losey
Woven Woods - Lorraine Roy

Mary E. Black Gallery

1061 Marginal Rd. Suite 140, Halifax, NS
Opening: Thursday July 4, 6pm
On view: July 5 - August 25, 2019
Tuesday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am - 4pm

The Mary E Black invites you to the opening reception for two side-by-side exhibitions of new bodies of work --Patterns of Growthby Halifax-based ceramicist Toni Losey andWoven Woodsby textile artist Lorraine Roy from Southwestern Ontario.

These two interlinked exhibitions explore the relationship of organic forms. Toni Losey, with her experimental and innovative wheel-turned shapes, creates anamorphic structures layered with thick skins of glaze. The sculptures inPatterns of Growthlook soft to the touch but are in fact encrusted with hard texture and nodules. They seem to jump to life reaching their multiple ambiguous appendages outwards and upwards into the air around them.

Lorraine Roy renders ecosystems from fabric and thread inWoven Woods, each circular quilt is an enclosed story of an interconnected forest. Guided by her horticultural background Roy uses textiles to illustrate her research into the “exquisitely balanced symbiotic relationship between mycorrhizal fungi and tree roots”. Writing beautifully about the subject of her work she says “in the top six inches of the forest floor lies a vast and flourishing communication system as old as photosynthesis itself.”

There is a lightness to the works from both Roy and Losey that plays off one another through their organic shapes, colors and textures. Each artist, working in entirely different media, evokes an intelligent natural world with which we are in an ever evolving relationship.

The opening reception forWoven WoodsandPatterns of Growthwill be at the Mary E. Black Gallery on Thursday July 4 at 6 pm with opening remarks at 6:30. Both artists will be present. Along side these exhibits we will also be celebrating the launch of Tyshan Wright’s Craft LAIR residency.

Thanks to the Ontario Arts Council/Conseil Des Arts De L'Ontario for supporting the creation of Lorraine Roy's body of work in Woven Woods.

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Nova Scotia Potters Guild Annual General Meeting

Here's your official notice of our Annual General Meeting
Date:  Sunday, March 31, 2019 (Snow date April 7)
Time:  1:00 pm
Place:  Findley Community Centre, Conrad Room
            Elliott Street, Dartmouth
            902-471-8429 (Sharon's Cell)
            902-430-8661 (Judy's Cell)
If you have any suggestions for the Agenda, please send them along to Judy Gordon at:
To follow are Minutes of last year's AGM - Please review them before the meeting, as they will not be read at the meeting
Please arrive at 12:30pm to set up if you plan on participating in the Buy & Swap.  All items will be available for viewing during our break.  All transactions will have to wait until the end of the meeting.  We will do our best to finish by 3:30 pm.
Looking forward to seeing you there. If you know a potter who's not a member - you could bring them along.
If you can, please bring good snacks to share (and a beverage for yourself if you like) at this meeting. Potters and Food....a great concept!
Thank you
See you there!!
Judy and Sharon

Our emailing address is:

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to Feb 22

Seaspired at White Point


SEA’spired Outdoor Sculpture Show at White Point

Sunday, May 6th - Monday, October 15th

Inspired by this seaside setting, Philip Hooper Moore created and opened White Point in 1928. In the decades since, ownership may have changed, guests have come and gone, but 90 years later this seaside oasis has remained, seducing all that have stayed. Inspired by the surroundings that envelop White Point and the 7400 km coastline of Nova Scotia, SEA’spired is a celebration of the sea.

Starting May 6th with the Grand Opening at 2pm and continuing until Monday October 8th, we invite you to meander and stroll along the shoreline to discover more than 30 sculptures by a collection of 18 Nova Scotian Artists.

White Point Beach Resort is proud to have the opportunity to collaborate with this collection of Artists in presenting this intimate and unique presentation of their works in our outdoor gallery, in honour of our 90th Anniversary.

Curated by our Gift Shop Manager, Cathie Pincombe, this show promises to be one of the most dynamic to be enjoyed in 2018. Our goal was simple – invite local artists, of all mediums, to assist us in celebrating the Atlantic Ocean in an interesting and unique manner that would entice our guests to really explore and discover a new way to experience our perch here along the edge of the ocean.

Meet our Sea’spired Artists
We are so thrilled to be showcasing works by so many incredible Artists, some have been Artists of White Point for years in our Gift Shop and at our Artists of White Point Showcase in November, while most are new to us!

Franz Fraitzl
Blair Brown
Tom Alway & Peter Blais
Andrew Burgess
Johanna Knopf
Cheryl Hassen
Timothy Gillespie
Brad Hall
Sarah Irwin
Nancy Roberts
Mary Jane Lundy
Shauna MacLeod
Alexa Jaffers
Marc Graff
Jan Hull
Justin Dagley
Beverly McInnes
Todd Labrador
Allan Carver

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to Oct 27

Quaff: To Drink Deeply

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Visiting Quaff is also a chance to tour elegant Government House, which is not often
open to the public. The public rooms at Government House provide the backdrop for this
exhibition, with works displayed on plinths amongst the historic furnishings.
The works in QUAFF were selected by a three-person independent jury. “QUAFF is a
powerful reminder of the ceramic talent in our province,” says juror Sandra Alfoldy,
Associate Curator of Fine Craft at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Juror Mariko Paterson
adds, “I hope these works filter into the show circuit both nationally and beyond.”
Throughout the Nocturne evening, ceramic artists from the Potters Guild will
demonstrate two techniques for creating with clay: throwing on a potter’s wheel and


TUESDAYS 11-4: SEPT 25; 11-2: OCT 16
THURSDAYS 11-8: SEPT 20, 27; OCT 11, 18
SATURDAYS 11-4: SEPT 22, OCT 6, 20, 27
SUNDAY 11-4: OCT 7

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to Jul 7

ART 1274 10 Year Celebration

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ART 1274 HOLLIS GALLERY is celebrating its 10th Anniversary Year: 23 local artists and artisans run this lively co-operative Art Gallery. This Gallery offers both fine art and fine craft with ever changing new work of original, affordable paintings, jewellery, ceramic art, pottery, blown glass  and repurposed metal work. 

1274 Hollis St., Halifax  902-446-4077   Open daily  10-6

Friday, July 6th will be an opening reception with refreshments from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.  

Saturday, July 7th will be the official celebration.  There will be Painting in the Park, Popcorn, Cake, Door Prizes and Interactive Pottery and Painting Demos starting at noon and running all afternoon.  Come on down to Art 1274 Hollis Gallery and join in the fun!

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to Jul 8

Peggy's Cove Area Festival of the Arts

The Peggy's Cove Area Festival of the Arts has an information centre this year.  Pick up your studio tour guide, and get more information about the festival.

Red Roof building - 5249 St. Margaret's Bay Rd, Upper Tantallon

Open 10 to 5 daily- June 29 to  July 8. 

June 29 - July 5: there will be 41 artists represented in the building with almost 100 works of art and craft for sale. NSPG Members Mary Jane Lundy and Mark Lundy have work for sale there. They have been busy getting the studio ready new work; a must see here at their home business, Crescent Clay during Studio Rally July 6 to 8 - 10 to 5. 

(Please note on   from  July 6- 8  this location will become a Group Show location.)

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Nova Scotia Potters Guild AGM

Date: Sunday, April 8, 2018
Time: 12:30 for 1:00 start - 4:30 pm
Place: Findley Community Centre, Conrad Room
26 Elliott Street, Dartmouth

This is a great time to renew your membership or join the guild. 

We will have a buy, sell, swap and/or give away event.
As last year, we will have a potluck break so bring food to share!

Gerri Frager will have her book: Signs of Life: Images Formed from Words and Clay for sale $23 proceeds to go to charity.

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to Mar 28

Sculptors in Truro Show

Sculptors in Truro Show

Truro Art Society is holding its first sculpture-only show, organized by Brandt Eisner. 

Several ceramic artists are represented, including France Arruda, Mary Jane Lundy, Shauna McLeod, and Nancy Roberts. 

Opening March 6, 6–8 p.m. and runs through March 28.

McCarthy Library, NSCC Campus, 36 Arthur St, Truro. Open 8–4:30 Mon–Fri.

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Glaze Basics

The NSPG Executive is pleased to announce the first in a series of glaze lectures and workshops for our members.

Jeff Chown will start this series with a short lecture on the basics of clay, glaze, and firing.  He will do an approximately 1.5 hour lecture followed by a half hour of Q&A.  During this we will also assess future needs for the following glaze workshops.  

This first lecture will be free for our members and we will be attempting to stream it live on the internet though we are somewhat restricted by the internet available to us at the Community Centre.  Stay tuned for further details about this.

Please contact Shauna MacLeod at so that we can have a good idea about the number of people who will be attending.

Any questions can come directly to Shauna.

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to Apr 3

After hours Open Studio Fundraiser for adults (19+)! 

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After hours Open Studio Fundraiser for adults (19+)! 

By popular demand, our monthly gatherings to get creative and raise funds for Wonder'neath Art Society are lined up from January-April 2018! Attend all 4 or select the ones you want to join! Fresh homemade vegan soup, light refreshments, art materials and a different artist facilitator lined up to inspire you each session. Invite a friend, make this a date night, or sneak away from all your responsibilities to make some art. 

Tickets are $25/per person and must be paid in advance. Purchase tickets in the Donate section on our website for the amount of sessions you wish to attend, and indicate dates. Maximum 25 tickets per session! 

If you are out of town and wish to pay-it-forward, we will share your spot with someone local!

Guest artist facilitators:
Jan 24 Bethany Riordan-Butterworth: PASTE PAPER & COLLAGE
Feb 21 Therese Bombardier: HAND-BUILDING WITH CLAY
Mar 21 Eric Diolola: 3-D FELTING
Apr 18 TBD

For more information visit:

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to Feb 8

Don't Feel BLUE, come SEE BLUE!

BLUE is Happening!

We have a diverse number of pieces ranging in media; from clay, metal, photo sculpture to traditional paintings and photography.

This Exhibit will be in the gallery until February 8, so don’t miss it!

Here is a list of our contributing artists (in no particular order): Brad Hall, Samuel Kim (age 10), Ted Coldwell, Hansi Gerold-Murphy, Patty Lively, Joan McLean, Mary Jane Lundy, Joyce Manns, Connie Lowe-Parker, Giselle Beauchamp, Bette Young, James C E LightleJaime Lee LightleMario Croteau, Crystal Lockerbie, Sally O’Grady, Susan Vitale

The Gallery is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from Noon until 5:00.

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The Wolfville Farmer's Market 6th Annual Soup's On

CELEBRATE the winter season with local SOUP in a handmade SOUP VESSEL

Dear talented Potters and Ceramic Artists,

The Wolfville Farmers’ Market is hosting it's 6th Annual Soup's On Event on January 20th, 2018 during Market hours from 8:30am - 1pm.

You are cordially invited to showcase your Soup Vessels (cups, bowls, spoons, etc) during this event. The table fee is $50 for this event. The Market will donate $5 Market dollars (from our own money) to the Kentville's SOUP group for every soup bowl sold at your booth (we simply ask that you keep track of how many you sell). 

The idea behind this event is to prove that there are many delicious ingredients which can be found at the Market to produce delectable soups, even during the winter season. What better way to enjoy a seasonal soup than with an Artisanal Handmade Soup Vessel to fully embrace the warmth and coziness of wintertime. The Market extends this feeling of warmth by sharing with those who rely on the SOUP group in Kentville for nourishment.

We also welcome you to bring your handmade soup terrines, cups, spoons and soup ladles to sell at your booth. The booth size is 5’ x 7’ with the 7’ being the booth frontage. Please bring your own table, the Market will have chairs you can use.

I would like to know if you are interested in participating. Please email me before January 8th. (

I thank you in advance for your consideration. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Warmest regards,

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to Dec 1

Underpinnings: NSCAD Alumni Show

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Underpinnings: 130 Years of NSCAD
NSCAD Biennial Alumni Exhibition
Curated by Tori Fleming

Join us for our Closing Reception and Sale on December 1st at 5:30pm!

This year marks 130 years since Anna Leonowens first opened the Victoria School of Art in 1887. Since then, NSCAD has maintained its reputation as one the most influential art schools under many names, locations and presidents. NSCAD has provided the educational underpinnings for the studio practice of numerous significant Canadian artists, cultural workers, and creative thinkers.

For the 2017 Alumni Biennial, the NSCAD Alumni Association invited former students to reflect on the core values and pedagogy that have created the legacy for which NSCAD is known. Coordinated by NSCAD alumna Tori Fleming, this large, salon-style exhibition includes work by more than 100 alumni artists and designers.

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Feedback Feast


The thing that many of us miss in our studio practice is feedback that is both informed and honest (in a nice way!) And something that most of us like to do is get together with other potters to talk clay and eat.  So, from time to time, the Guild has a Feedback Feast.

At a Feedback Feast, we gather for a potluck meal, and some informal critique.  Besides your contribution to the meal, bring along a couple of pieces of your work - maybe something new you’d like some feedback on, maybe something you are having trouble with, and would like some advice, maybe something you’re really proud of, and would like to share with your fellow potters. This is a free event and all members are welcome.  

The next Feedback Feast is at 12:30 on Sunday, November 12, at Perfect Diversity Clay Art Studio in New Glasgow.  A new studio that has a paint your own section and fully equipped pottery studio, and a coffee shop.  To learn more go to their website :

We’ll up the fun by having an entirely optional mug exchange.  Bring a mug, and leave with a mug, or if you like, don’t bring a mug, but maybe you’ll wish you did!

Don’t have any work you want to bring, either to show or exchange?  Please feel free to come anyway, to meet and eat with some fellow potters, and see what they are doing.

Please RSVP so we know how many are coming, and can prepare accordingly.  Email Shauna MacLeod at

If you want to carpool let Shauna know as well.

Looking forward to seeing you!
Perfect Diversity Clay Art Studio
151 Provost Street 
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia

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to Dec 9

Save Inspirations Studio from Closure

We are asking for the public’s support in our crowdfunding campaign  and for leads on potential partner agencies and funding opportunities.  Our campaign will raise funds for rent and studio supplies so the members can continue to access a creative space, generate income and maintain a sense of meaning and purpose.

As one member told us, “Inspirations saved my life.”

Inspirations Studio helps low-income women learn to craft ceramic goods and develop business skills, so they can earn supplemental income.  Through the process, the Studio works to facilitate the recovery of self-esteem, respect, and dignity, and create a community of entrepreneurs.  Inspirations was first established in 1994 as a craft collective for under-housed women in a converted church at 761 Queen West.  When the 761 Community Development Corporation closed in 2001, Inspirations was taken on by Sistering, which secured funding through the Toronto Enterprise Fund.   In 2016, the program lost its status as a social enterprise.  In short, the enterprise model demanded a more production-oriented approach and ultimately conflicted with the women’s individual creative expression, the program’s focus on entrepreneurial skill building, and the challenges of securing full-time employment as a craftsperson.  Bridge funding provided by the United Way will run out at the end of 2017.

Friends of Inspirations Studio is an informal group dedicated to promoting the work and goals of Inspirations Studio. We are members of the Toronto arts, financial, and business communities, who believe in social enterprise as a means of lifting women out of poverty, and artistic expression as a means of nourishing well-being.

Inspirations Studio is a one-of-a-kind program and has provided scores of women with a lifeline for 23 years. It would be a tragedy to let it come to an end in such a short time.  Thank you for your support and for spreading the word.

For more information, please contact:

Friends of Inspirations,

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to Oct 15

10 Days in October


3D Exhibition: an exhibition of craft and sculpture by regional artists, who use tradition materials such as stone, clay, metal and fiber, to create contemporary works of art, in ways that are sometimes thought provoking, sometimes whimisical, but always exhibiting an attention to detail and craft. It can blurs the lines between functional and non functional or just be about pure form.

Link to website! 

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to Oct 15

Art of Paper awards return


PARRSBORO, N.S. – Even though he hung and prepared the exhibition himself, Harvey Lev still sees something new every time he walks through it.

“You hang them and get a different take, then you walk through it and get a different take, then you become like a little spy and listen to what other people say, and all of a sudden you have another take on something,” said Lev, who owns and operates Main & Station Nonesuch Gallery in Parrsboro with Judith Bauer. “It’s really a nice adventure.”

It’s so interesting, what people do in the time, and how they think about these things.

Harvey Lev

He was speaking of the annual Art of Paper awards, an international exhibition hosted at the gallery, which opened with a gala reception on Saturday, Sept. 23.

This year’s exhibition had more than 200 submissions, and is displaying 84 pieces from 13 different countries. Fifty-seven pieces are from Canada, with 19 of those from the Maritime provinces, six from Ontario, 30 from Quebec, one from British Columbia and one from Manitoba. Thirteen others are from U.S.-based artists, while three came from Poland, two from Australia, and others from Argentina, Belgium, Colombia, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and Switzerland

It follows up last year’s successful exhibition, and will once again be shown in both Parrsboro and Montreal, Que. It will be shown in Parrsboro until Oct. 15, while the Montreal show will open on Dec. 1.

Six awards will be given, four of them selected by jury. Two people’s choice awards will be given this year – one in Parrsboro, and one in Montreal – a change Bauer said they made last year.

“It became apparent that we needed to have one for the show here and one for the show there, because the choices were so different,” she said. “It wasn’t right to only give one.”

Seeing the different responses in the two different locations was fascinating for Lev last year.

“The one that was the most popular here, hardly garnished any interest in Montreal,” he said. “It’s so interesting when you take it to a different audience. It’s nice because we learn as we go on by how people react.”

This year’s works once again include a wide variety of uses of the medium, with the only rule being that they involve paper in some way. Entries have included sculptures, drawings, cutouts, lithographs, paintings, and mixed media work. One piece was made with “paper clay,” a process that involves creating clay forms with paper inside, and then burning off the paper in the firing process. Another piece involved pouring paper pulp into cracks in the asphalt of a road, with copper wire inside of it, and then pulling it out after it hardened.

“That’s one that I could actually look at and say I had never seen that before,” said Lev. “It’s so interesting, what people do in the time, and how they think about these things.”

More than 80 people attended Saturday’s reception, including several of the artists.

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