Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Prince Edward Island Pottery Company - 1980's

A short-lived pottery factory (ceramic production using moulds) was established on PEI in the 1980's which operated in the West Royalty Industrial Park and had a wide line of items initially including a major crock-pot liner contract. The company didn't survive financially.  I have not come across any of their production items or images of their work. 

The name the West Royalty company operated under was the same name as the historic one from the 1880's - the Prince Edward Island Pottery. They may have also used tradenames to distinguish their more commercial work from the items aimed at the tourist trade. 

Any additional information that anyone has regarding this commercial ceramic production would be appreciated.

Seaclay Pottery - Jamie Germaine

Located at 1043 South Melville Road, South Melville, Seaclay Pottery is the studio name for Jamie Germaine, and accomplished potter whose work forms part of the Prince Edward Island Art Bank Collection.

"Working out of a studio beside her home in South Melville, PEI, Jamie Germaine produces both wheel-thrown and hand-built pieces with a unique style of textured surfacing that has become characteristic of her work. Her surrounding environment of woodland and sea is reflected in the organic nature of the surfaces she creates on her pieces. She has recently been experimenting with the subtle effects of smoke firing on hand-built bowls. She has studied pottery in New York, Vermont, Prince Edward Island, Mexico and Italy and has exhibited in Prince Edward Island and New York."

Monday, January 12, 2015

Pottery Marks of Prince Edward Island - Rachna Gilmore

Rachna Gilmore is an award winning author currently living in Ottawa who lived on Prince Edward Island in the 1980s where she was an active potter and student of Ron Arvidson at Holland College School of Visual Arts. Rachna was active as a writer on PEI where her first children's picture book, My Mother Is Weird was published in 1988. Still in print with Acorn Press, it has become a classic.

Rachna signed her work with a RG that has a creative styling of the letters. She also included PEI on her work.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Pottery Marks of Prince Edward Island - Everyday Pottery - Kathy Ethridge

Kathy Ethridge worked at Village Pottery in New London, PEI prior to opening her own studio and shop in Kensington, PEI. She continues to sell her work both at Village Pottery as well as her own studio. She signs her work Ethridge - PEI

The studio of Everyday Pottery is located at
573 Irishtown Rd.,
Box 923
Kensington PEI


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Pottery Marks of Prince Edward Island - Cat Arsenault - DownHome Pottery

Catherine (Cat) Arsenault is the potter/owner of DownHome Pottery located at 174 Gay Road, Pownal, PE C1B 0N1. Her business card indicates that she is open by appointment only with the phone number being (902) 368-3272.

The website for DownHome Pottery shows a sample of Cat's work.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Pottery Marks of Prince Edward Island - Pieter Ijsselstein - Hen Pecked Pottery and Hope River Studio

Pieter Ijsselstein produces a line of items that incorporates his flock of hens in the decorating process. The video of his flock at work tell the story of  Hen Pecked Pottery.

Operating an art and craft studio in Hope River, PEI with his wife Geraldine, a painter and weaver - the combined efforts operate under the name Hope River Studio.

The Prince Edward Island Pottery, 1880-1898

Three milk jugs by the Prince Edward Island Pottery  (1880-1898)
Items from the original Prince Edward Island Pottery, a company that operated from 1880-1898 remain a collectible form of historic pottery both in PEI and beyond. While there has never been a book published on the topic, solid research has been conducted on the 18 year history of the business and the site of the operation was excavated by Donald Webster of the Royal Ontario Museum in 1970. The operation was located on what is now the Charlottetown Research Station (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) near the Charlottetown Farmers Market. A line of trees remains at the edge of a field marking what has been long known as Pottery Lane. Webster's article published on the research is now available online. His abstract introduces the topic.

The Prince Edward Island Pottery was established by Oswald Hornsby on the outskirts of Charlottetown in early 1880 and, following its closing in 1898, all structures and buildings were demolished in 1903. During its 18 year operation the pottery produced the greatest range of earthenware forms yet established to any Maritime's pottery, and the only known marked wares. The site of the Prince Edward Island Pottery was excavated by Donald Webster of the Royal Ontario Museum in 1970, in conjunction with historical research and a survey of its surviving products. 
There is also an valuable article on the Prince Edward Island Pottery called Red in the Soil, by Catherine G. Hennessey, which was published in the PEI Centenary Issue of the Canadian Collector magazine in 1973.
Pottery mark of the Prince Edward Island Pottery

From collection of Catherine Hennessey

Pottery Lane on Charlottetown Research Station.
Image courtesy of  Aubrey Bell - Gallery18

Image courtesy of  Aubrey Bell - Gallery18

On Sept 16, 2012  Gallery 18 conducted a live auction and listed the following item.
Sold forC$520
Sep 16, 2012
LOT 0035
Image courtesy of  Aubrey Bell - Gallery18