Vessels for Flowers @ Blacksmith Country General

Vase above by:Filipa Pimentel

May 4 – 24, 2018
Opening Reception: May 5 at 7pm

We’re celebrating the beauty of Spring (right in time for Mother’s Day) with a special showcase of our favourite Canadian ceramic artists.

Vessels For Flowers will feature the work of 12 artists working in clay, making and designing vessels to display nature’s beauty. This broad range of clay vessels will show the very best that this medium can offer. From highly decorated narratives, to quiet focus on form,  the variety of work is incredible.

Invited artists include:
Annemarie Row, Bruce Cochrane, Carole Epp, Cathi Jefferson, Emma Smith, Filipa Pimentel, Jennifer Drysdale, Kate Hyde, Michelle Mendlowitz, Sarah Pike, Thomas Aitken, Tony Clennell

Local floral artist Jessica Payne of A Fine Medley will be making arrangements to accompany the flower vessels for the opening event – be sure to make it to the opening to experience this wonderful marriage of clay and florals.

Find the full details at

Works will be available in our online shop starting May 6.

Bruce Cochrane

Thomas Aitken and Kate Hyde       Emma Smith

Bruce Cochrane Workshop @ the Bray

Lidded Form and Surface Techniques
Instructor: Bruce Cochrane
August 12–15, 2010 Tuition: $400 (includes $40 lab fee)

Maximum Enrollment: 15
Open to artists with intermediate or advanced throwing skills

Registration Information During this four-day workshop, participants will focus on the relationship between form, lid and function. Proportion, scale, balance and utility will be discussed as participants complete specific projects throughout the workshop. An investigation of handles, knobs and feet will be encouraged and demonstrated, as well as various lid connections, and fitting lids to thrown and altered forms. A number of pre-fired surface techniques, which may be applied to any material or process, will be explored. Students will be encouraged to push their ideas beyond familiar solutions, make some awkward yet interesting work and return to their studios excited about new possibilities and ideas.
A soda firing will take place during the session and participants are asked to bring stoneware or porcelain bisque work to experiment on during the week. Cochrane will give a public artist talk on Saturday, August 14th at 7:30 pm in the Bray Resident Center.

Bruce Cochrane was born in Vancouver, BC, Canada. In 1972 he received a BFA from The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia, followed by an MFA from Alfred University in Alfred, New York. Since 1979 he has taught in the ceramics program at Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada, and has conducted workshops throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His work has been exhibited in over 300 exhibitions and is in such notable collections as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics in Toronto.