South Island Potters Guild
The South Vancouver Island Potters Guild has been part of Souper Bowls of Hope from the very beginning, when Souper Bowls founder Helen Hughes drew members of the guild into this event, and, though not a potter, joined the guild to express her support. Since then, Guild members have been contributing artists – donating hundreds of bowls every year to help ensure that each person who participates in the event can carry off a prized creation.
Guild members also contribute a large variety of ceramic items that are sold via the Pottery Sales Table. They volunteer to set up and man the table and to help out with other parts of the event.
This year’s Souper Bowls will be the first without the late Betty Burroughs, one of its strongest supporters, who each year created Celebrity Bowls, large platters which were then signed by celebrities visiting Victoria, glazed, fired, and auctioned off.
The South Vancouver Island Potters Guild was formed in 1999 to support, motivate and educate clay artists, and to promote an awareness of the ceramic arts. Some 80 potters, from the Cowichan Valley to Sooke to Victoria, from full-time professionals to novices, are Guild members.
The Guild meets on the second Monday of each month, and sponsors a variety of professional development programs. It produces a monthly newsletter, maintains a lending library of books and DVDs, and holds an annual show and sale.
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Fired Up! is Victoria’s best paint your own pottery studio and Tea Bar offering glass work and canvas painting as well as custom parties. From January to March you can become a “Contributing Artist” by painting a Bowl to be donated to the Souper Bowls of Hope event for just $8. Come drop in for a relaxing, fun time or register for one of their specialty classes. They have a Zen space to host parties of all varieties. For more information visit the website.
The Arts Centre at Cedar Hill
Offering community programs for all ages and abilities in pottery, visual arts, dance and performing arts. Our beautiful state-of-the-art Ceramics Studio is home to a variety of classes and camps as well as a popular drop-in program. Wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramics created by a diversity of artists are regularly on exhibit in the Arts Centre galleries.
Saanich Parks and Recreation is dedicated to supporting youth development through programs, services and partnerships. Saanich Parks & Recreation, The Arts Centre and participating artists are pleased to collaborate with the Youth Empowerment Society in support of Souper Bowls of Hope.
Individual Contributing Artists
MiraSol Studio / Susan C. Whitham
Ceramic Artist, Susan C. Whitham, creates unique clay pieces with strong, bold patterning inspired by her world travels. From her home Studio in Duncan on Vancouver Island, Susan Designs both decorative and functional artworks. Her works can be found in many art Galleries throughout Vancouver Island including the Eclectic Gallery in Oak Bay.
Tanglewood Pottery / Linda Vigliotti
Linda Vigliotti has been a long time supporter and Contributing Artist to Souper Bowls. Her work can be found at the Pacific Rim Potters exhibitions held twice per year at the Knox Presbyterian Church Hall on Richmond Road in Victoria. Linda is a member of the South Vancouver Island Potters Guild.
Earth Song Pottery / Rachel Coward
“The rhythm of making pots on a moving wheel and feeling a ball of clay suddenly transform into a beautiful shape is a joy to me” Rachel has been involved with Souper Bowls for many years as a volunteer and Contributing Artist. She is a member of the South Vancouver Island Potter’s Guild
Winter Creek Pottery / Muriel Sibley
Muriel’s work is largely high-fired stoneware, both functional pottery and sculpture. She also makes smoke-ware-stoneware that is partially fired so that it is still porous and then placed in smoldering sawdust to smoke for 12-24 hours. Muriel is a member of the South Vancouver Island Potters Guild Her work can be found in galleries on Vancouver Island and the Little Cricket Gift Gallery in Maple Ridge.