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  1. Installation view. Pots by John Reeve.
    Photo: Owen Sopotiuk.

  2. Glenn Lewis at Leach Pottery, 1963.
    Courtesy of Glenn Lewis.

  3. Installation view. Pots by Tam Irving.
    Photo: Owen Sopotiuk.

  4. Thrown: British Columbia’s Apprentices of Bernard Leach and their Contemporaries. With texts by Glenn Allison, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Michael Henry, Tam Irving, Charmian Johnson, Glenn Lewis, Lee Plested, Herbert Read, John Reeve, Naomi Sawada, Doris Shadbolt, Ian Steele, Nora Vaillant, Scott Watson and Soetsu Yanagi.
    304 pages, colour images. Hard cover. $60.00.
    ISBN# 978-0-88865-803-6 — To order contact:, tel. 604.822.2759, fax. 604.822.6689.


Influences and Intentions of West Coast Ceramics

30 January—4 April 2004

An Artist Talk/Tour by Tam Irving, Potter, West Vancouver, BC, was conducted on Saturday, February 21.

This exhibition presented over 600 ceramics produced since the 1960s that were influenced by the studio pottery movement of Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada. Betweeen 1920 and 1996, the Leach Pottery at St. Ives in Cornwall, England was a destination for some 100 apprentices and students from around the world who sought to integrate philosophic, aesthetic and moral ideals into the production of pottery. It has been one of the most significant influences in Western Europe and North American practice in the twentieth century.

“Thrown” examined the context in which the interest and development of studio pottery arose in the west coast area of British Columbia, and its relationship to post-war modernism and counter-culture. Featured was a selection of Leach Pottery, “Standard Ware,” and the work of four potters from British Columbia who apprenticed at the Leach Pottery: John Reeve (1958-61, 1966), Glenn Lewis (1961-63), Mick Henry (1963-65), and Ian Steele (1963-65, 1967-69). The exhibition also featured the work of contemporary west coast potters, Tam Irving, Charmian Johnson, and Wayne Ngan, all who were associated with the original four.

This exhibtion was co-curated by Lee Plested and Scott Watson with Charmian Johnson.

A symposium was held Saturday, February 7, and included presentations by: Alan Elder, Curator, Canadian Museum of Civilization ; Glenn Lewis, Potter, Roberts Creek, BC; and John Reeve, Potter, Abiquju, New Mexico.

For further information please contact: Jana Tyner at,
tel: (604) 822-1389, or fax: (604) 822-6689