Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Martha Carver Pottery

Active in the 1970's and 1980's Martha Carver sold her pottery at craft fairs organized by the Prince Edward Island Crafts Council.

This example of her work, a tiny potpourri jar was unsigned but indicates the reddish clay body and glaze technique she used.

Any additional information on the work of Martha Carver would be appreciated.

Patricia Richardson - Patsy Pots, Charlottetown

Patricia Richardson operated her studio under the name Patsy Pots, working out of her home workshop on Queen Elizabeth Drive in Charlottetown in the 1980's.

In retirement she has devoted more time to painting and continues to enjoy summers visits on the Island along with her husband Tom Richardson, while maintaining their main home in Nova Scotia.

Her work was in a white stoneware and used a number of different bright coloured glazed. She signed her work Patsy Pots PEI

Arden Howard Pottery

Arden Howard established her pottery on PEI in the 1980's and benefited from a time when Holland College School of Visual Arts was providing pottery training at that time.

Arden and her husband Bill Howard relocated to Alberta where she continued her pottery work.

While on PEI her work was signed Arden as well including PEI.

Daphne & Ian Scott Family Collection

Daphne & Ian Scott Family Collection

Daphne & Ian Scott Family Collection

Ramsay Pottery, Summerside, PEI

Charlotte Ramsay operated Ramsay Pottery in Summerside, PEI during the early 1970's. She also operated an antique shop along with her husband Lorne. Her pottery, made of red clay, used underglaze techniques where oxides were used for decorative purposes with a clear glaze over the top to produce a shiny red clay surface and black figures and illustrations showing through the glaze. The location of  Ramsay Pottery and antique business was the historic MacLennan-Hunt house.

The work was signed with the Ramsay Pottery mark on the bottom along with the location Summerside P.E.I. - on some pieces the year is also included. Charlotte was also a weaver and studied at Holland College School of Visual Arts.

Charlotte M. Ramsay died in 2010 at the age of 89, according to her obituary.

Research is ongoing on this work and any assistance is appreciated.

Courtesy of Blue House Antiques & Collectibles, 22 Brackley Point Road, Charlottetown - 2016

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Suzi Cameron Pottery, Summerside

 The Nova Scotia Centre for Craft & Design has the following entry for:

Suzi Cameron BFA, BA
Cameron is an established stoneware potter and multi-media artist. During the winter, Suzi makes decorative tableware at Clayworks Pottery in Halifax and each summer, since 1986, Suzi has returned to her studio at the Lefurgey Cultural Centre in her hometown of Summerside, PEI. There she produces hand-painted pottery for sale on The Island. Cameron has received numerous scholarships and awards from The Banff Centre for the Arts to study with Harry Davis, Walter Ostrom and Bruce Cochrane, from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University to help complete a Bachelor of Fine Art, and this past year from the Nova Scotia Potters Guild for ongoing historic research. Her multi-media work has been included in international exhibitions and festivals.
The 2004 Craft, Art, and Giftware Guide issued by the Province of PEI indicated the stores where her work was sold at that time.

Nova Scotia Centre For Craft and Design photo.

Suzi signs her work with the following mark, "Suzi PEI"

From the collection of Tom Banks

From the collection of Tom Banks

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Anne Coneen Pottery - The Pines - Montague

When Anne married Allison Coneen her life would include following his career and moves across Canada to open finance offices. With a young family she found herself interested in taking up a craft while living in Ontario and thus enrolled in a pottery class. She enjoyed it greatly but didn't have her own pottery wheel so was dependent on the class facilities to continue.

On November 21, 1966, Allison and Anne Coneen bought an historic property in Montague, PEI that would become their home as well as a bed and breakfast called The Pines as well as the pottery studio/shop of Anne which included an antique shop. After the kids were in bed she would head to the studio and find herself at 2 am some evening still there, immersed in her pottery work. She developed her own glazes and indicated that clear over the red clay was one that she always enjoyed for its rich tone reflecting the iron oxide within the clay.

Her daughter Wendy shared her mother's interest in pottery and studied in the clay studio of Holland College School of Visual Arts in 1976. Anne eventually sold the Montague property and moved to Charlottetown to be near family. It was a pleasure to meet with both Anne and Wendy in October 2016 when they paid a visit to Village Pottery in New London, PEI.

She signed her work "Anne Coneen, PEI".

From the collection of Tom Banks

From the collection of Tom Banks

Leslie Kwiatkowski - PEI Smoke-Fired Pottery & Crooked Barn Pottery

The website of the PEI Crafts Council indicates:

PEI Smoke-Fired Pottery

Leslie Kwiatkowski

Clay, Raku Pottery

Find us at the Crooked Barn Pottery Studio, as well as in craft shops in Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. We have an array of smoke-fired, horsehair, raku and functional pottery. Something for everyone to enjoy.

 Find PEI Smoke-Fired Pottery on Facebook.

Address: Studio at 2492 Route 12, South West Lot 16, Miscouche
Mailing Address: R R #1 1917 Route 12, Miscouche, PE, C0B 1T0, Canada
Phone: 902-436-4054

All photos from PEI Crafts Council website

Martha Carver Pottery

Active in the 1970's and 1980's Martha Carver sold her pottery at craft fairs organized by the Prince Edward Island Crafts Council. ...