Tag: pottery

Retro Sunday: Saskatchewan Roughrider ashtrays…and the Italian connection

I know that sports teams have avid followings in many cities, but I doubt there are many places whose pride and interest in a team exceeds that of the fans of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. I won’t delve into it here—there are whole books about it, not to mention art exhibits—but although there are certainly people …

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Retro Sunday: The Gallant Fishers

One thing we have lots of in this old house is pottery, possibly because my grandmother-in-law, Anne Owen (Nancy) Goodfellow, was from Stoke-on-Trent in England, a city in Staffordshire that is also known as The Potteries. This week’s Retro Sunday items are two ceramic jugs I’ve noticed for years but never looked at in detail. …

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Things I Found in my Mother-in-Law’s House: Souvenirs

Notes for this week’s CBC radio segment of Things I Found in My Mother-in-Law’s House. UPDATE: Listen to the actual interview! **** Souvenirs seem to have some strange mesmeric power over travelers. You visit a place with beautiful scenery, a long and fascinating history, great restaurants and a vibrant night life, and somehow you decide …

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Pottery (nothing to do with Harry)

I majored in journalism in university but I minored in art. (Well, actually I minored in Dungeons and Dragons, but the university refused to give me credit for it. Go figure.) Of all my art classes, my favorite was pottery. I loved making pots, but as a certain hideously ugly four-kilogram cream pitcher can attest, …

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Photo of the Day: Scottie, Beaming Up

A slipware Scottish terrier, from the “things I found in my mother-in-law’s house series.” The only notation on the bottom is England 83. I don’t know anything else about it, but he’s a cute little feller, ain’t he? What’s that? You were expecting something about Star Trek instead of a picture of a happy dog …

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Donovan Chester: the fiery art and craft of raku

Pottery is a unique form of creative expression, one whose practitioners must be as well-endowed with technical savvy as they are with artistic vision. That’s particularly true of raku, the ceramic form practiced by Regina’s Donovan Chester. Don’s studio was the destination of the third Twilight Tour put on by the Mackenzie Art Gallery this …

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