Creek Clayworks Christmas Pottery Sale & Studio Open House

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Event Category: Art Walks & Studio Tours and Studio Tours

  • Creek Clayworks Christmas Pottery Sale and Studio Open House

    Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days

    Elaine Futterman and Mike Allegretti invite you to join them at Creek Claywork’s 29th Annual Christmas Sale and Studio Open House!

    Elaine and Mike work together in their home based studio located on 5 acres in Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast.   The 1000 sq. ft. studio and gallery will be entirely filled with a wide variety of pots both functional and decorative.

    Working in the same studio with the same materials creates a unity to their work even though Elaine and Mike use two different forming methods.  Elaine throws, alters and assembles pots. Mike constructs with slabs of clay, carves, and adds thrown parts.  While Elaine focuses on work associated with food and the table such as serving pieces, teapots and casseroles,  Mike makes substantial sculptural vase forms, large wall hanging platters and plates for dinnerware and serving pieces.  They occasionally collaborate on decoration or form.

    Pottery from Creek Clayworks is fired either in an electric kiln or in a gas fired salt kiln.  These two firing methods result in very different surfaces and colours.

    Decorative techniques used for the electric kiln exploit the oxidation firing to the maximum.  Slips and glazes are dipped, poured, trailed and sprayed in layers, sometimes with wax resist between the layers.   The glaze tones achieved include blues, greens, black, rusts and earth tones.  These surfaces are excellent for functional ware and are safe for food, dishwasher, oven and microwave.

    Pots for the salt kiln are textured, faceted or fluted as the salting process accentuates surface treatments.  Interiors are glazed but the exteriors are only treated with slips.  Salt added to the kiln at high heat reacts with the silica in the pots to form the glaze.  Much is left to accident and little is reproducible.

    Most of work made by Elaine and Mike are one-of-a-kind pieces.   They are committed to making ware that is functional and aesthetically pleasing.  Joining art to craft, their goal is to provide people with pieces for use and enjoyment.  Join them for a studio filled with pots and some tasty goodies!


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