Fired Up! Gala and Exhibition 2017


image of work by 2017 guest artist: Sandy Harquail

Experience and expertise are two key ingredients of the the Fired Up! ceramics collective. This talented and professional group of clay artists celebrate 33 years of annual exhibitions in 2017.

Opening Gala: Friday May 26, 6-9pm

Saturday/Sunday, May 27,28, 10-5pm

Metchosin Community Hall
4401 William Head Rd
Metchosin, BC V9C 3Y6
Phone: 250-590-5744

Over the past 32 years, there have been a total of 23 members of the Fired Up! group. The current core group consists of people who continue to produce and exhibit exciting and innovative work.

Every year the group picks a theme for the show, this years theme is FRACTAL NATURE: Works exploring the Theory of Chaos

Our Core Members

Our Guest Artists for 2017

For more details:





Upcoming workshops: Melbourne, Canberra, Prince George

I’ve got a busy few months ahead of me, 
and I’d love to see you out at these events if they are in your part of the world. 
I’ll be demonstrating alongside some amazing artists. 
I can’t wait to learn as well : )

Ceramic workshop with Ben Carter (US) and Carole Epp (Canada)
@ Slow Clay Centre 

Globe-trotting contemporary ceramic artists Ben Carter and Carole Epp
deliver a one-day workshop that will inform you of the rich variety of
surface decoration approaches that they use in their individual
practises. Whilst demonstrating their techniques they will also discuss
their different blogs (Musing about Mud) and podcasts (Tales of the Red
Clay Rambler) and the way they utitlise the possibilities of the
internet and social media to engage new audiences.

This workshop will inspire you to approach your surfaces with rich
variety and also be inspired to see the inherent possibilities of the
internet and social media to expand your reach thereby making your
practice more sustainable.

Content will cover: Each artist will give a presentation about the
development of their work and career, discussing their achievements and
their use of blogs, podcasts and social media. They will then
demonstrate their unique surface techniques which will include
variations of slip and engobe deocration, sgraffito, underglaze colour,
burnishing and Ben and Carole’s individual developments in the surfaces
they use. There will be scope for deep discussion and enagagment with
these two well-known and highly respected artists. All welcome!

When: Sunday 19 July, 2015, 10am – 4pm
Where: Slow Clay Centre, 13 Keele St, Collingwood
Cost: $265 ($245 early-bird price until 1 June) Bookings are essential due to limited places.

Find out more or sign up here!

School 13-15 July
Form and
with Carole Epp and Ben Carter
@ Canberra Potters Society

Focus will be on developing rich surfaces for both
functional and sculptural ceramics. Participants
will learn a variety of surface-design methods
including slip decorating, sgraffito, underglaze
painting, resist painting, mishima, and layering
stains. During the workshop we will discuss
aesthetic issues (i.e. proportions, color theory,
etc.), making strong functional pottery forms, using
metaphor and story telling as a basis for sculpture,
and creative problem solving in the studio.
Additional discussions of marketing, social media
and the changing landscape of contemporary craft
will leave the workshop attendees recharged,
rejuvenated and ready to grow in their own studio

Here’s the details:

with Brendan Tang, Cathi Jefferson, 
Bill Reddick and Carole Epp

August 7th-9th, 2015

Join us in Prince George for our fourth Northern BC Clayfest! This
exciting event will offer you the opportunity to learn about advanced
clay techniques. You will have the opportunity to network with your
fellow artists, and meet our exciting workshop presenters. We are
hosting four nationally acclaimed clay artists who will present two days
of techniques. Presenters will also provide a 45 minute slide or video
along with their hands-on techniques for the benefit of the
This year Prince George is celebrating its 100th birthday, and the
University of Northern BC is celebrating is 25th anniversary, so we will
helping to commemorate these special occasions with our events.

Full details here


Kitchener Waterloo Community Theatre
9 Princess Street East, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2H4
February 15/16, 2014
9:00 am to 5 pm

Cathi Jefferson will start the weekend with an overview of her 40 years
of making in clay, her inspirations, and progression. Over the course
of the weekend she will throw, alter, and assemble a variety of pieces:
yunomis, mugs, latte cups, cruet, teapot, an upside down bowl, and do
some slab building. She will discuss her salt firing process, as well as
her underlying views about principles of form, movement, and functional
considerations in her work. This will be a weekend of stunning visual
presentation and inspired making by one of Canada’s greatest ceramic


Cathi Jefferson at Out Of Hand Artisans Fair

“Jefferson is one of three noted B.C. potter/artists whose work will be
featured in the Out of Hand Artisans Fair this weekend at the Crystal
Garden. The others are Mary Fox of Ladysmith and Gordon Hutchens of
Denman Island.” – Richard Watts, Times Columist

Read the full article here or check out Out of Hand this weekend to see some beautiful Canadian ceramics in person.


The Crystal Gardens
713 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC
[see Google Map]