The May long weekend is a perfect time to enjoy both Denman Island’s celebrated creativity and laid back rural ambience! An incredibly wide variety of exciting forms, styles and decorative techniques make the community’s FREE spring pottery studio tour a truly fascinating exploration into the world of clay and a cultural highlight in the region. A total of ten unique venues will be welcoming visitors from near and far between 10 am and 5 pm daily on Saturday and Sunday, May 20th and 21st.
A special feature on the tour this year is “The 30th Year Pottery Tour – Coming Full Circle Exhibition”. This celebratory retrospective at the Marcus Isbister Old School Centre at 5901 Denman Road will highlight both new and older works by many of the tour’s original and ongoing participants, and also feature works by other talented artists who have joined the tour in more recent years. Pick up your free map here to the self-guided studio tour, or at the ferry booth in Buckley Bay before boarding the cable ferry!
From stunning wood-fired vases and hand-painted casseroles, to beautiful dinner sets, one-of-a-kind coffee mugs and decorative sculpture for the garden, there is something to be found on the tour to suit every taste and budget. Visit the studios of some of BC’s finest clay artisans: Gordon Hutchens, Tom Dennis, Hanne Christensen, Scott and Garnet Beardsley, Bentley LeBaron, Shirley Phillips of Lilac Sun Pottery, Marjo Van Tooren of Down to Earth Pottery, Barb and John Mills of Raucous Raven Pottery, and Dante Ambriel and Tashi Draper of Flowing Art Studio.
Winding one’s way down picturesque country roads to each artist’s unique studio setting is a lot like a treasure hunt. May 20th is also the first day of the season for Denman’s Farmers Market. It is also on the grounds of the Old School Centre where the special anniversary show is taking place, and will be a great place to pause for refreshments on Saturday.