Pop - Up Sale with Catherine Beck + Ostrea Lake Pottery

Hello Everyone,

You are cordially invited to join us on February 8th, THIS SATURDAY between 11 am and 4 pm. 

Our Pop-Up Sales are meant to bring the artist and the community together. We will be having Catherine Beck and Deborah Wheeler both here to answer questions and help you with picking the perfect Valentine's day gift. However, in the meantime, Here are both of the artist's Bios to help you get acquainted:

Catherine Beck 

Catherine Beck was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After working in a wide variety of occupations—ranging from bartending to bookkeeping—Catherine was invited into a friend's jewellery studio to try her hand at making earrings. It was love at first touch.

Catherine subsequently moved to Vancouver where she studied Jewellery, Design, and Gemology at the Vancouver City Centre College, which at that time was one of the few institutions in Canada teaching Gemology. Upon her return to Halifax, Catherine attended NSCAD University where she studied Jewellery and Hollowware. For the past 15 years, she has successfully operated Catherine Beck Jewellery Designs.

She is known both for her finely crafted production jewellery as well as for her exquisite one-of-a-kind custom work. Whether production or custom, Catherine's designs are inspired and informed by the human body and nature and often feature carefully selected gemstones—a hallmark of Catherine's work.

Catherine is a member of the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council (NSDCC), theMetal Arts Guild of Nova Scotia (MAGNS), and the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG).

Her work has garnered multiple awards including Best Piece with Gemstone (MAGNS), Best Piece with Alternative Material (MAGNS), and Best Body of Work (NSDCC).

Catherine Beck is represented in Halifax by the Designer Craft ShopFireworks Gallery, the AGNS Gallery Shop.

Deborah Wheeler

I enjoy the creative process of throwing, the rhythm, the feeling of the clay sliding through my fingers, the force needed when centering, the process of coaxing the desired form from the lump of clay and seeing the shape emerge, the foot, belly, neck and lip, the delicate touch needed when refining the shape, pushing the limits of the form but to stop before it collapses under its own weight. Even after being a potter for almost 30 years I still find excitement when opening a kiln and looking for that special piece where everything comes together and “works”.

My work maybe referred to as “just” functional pottery i.e. bowls, platters mugs etc. But I am also interested in the beauty, depth and spirit of these objects to be as meaningful and inspiring as a painting or sculpture. Everyday objects should speak to the user, through richness of colour, shape and texture. Clay speaks through the visual, but also through touch and use. Function is as important as the form. My intent is to create pieces that delight the senses, be pleasurable to hold and to reflect the mark of the maker, to allow the fluid quality of the glaze and the fire’s touch, reacting with the form exhibit motion and energy. Holding a warm mug of tea or coffee and putting it to your lips is an act the can be appreciated daily.

Best of all, is the pleasure I get when other people also find enjoyment in what I have created.

I enjoy the creative process of throwing, the rhythm, the feeling of the clay sliding through my fingers, the force needed when centering, the process of coaxing the desired form from the lump of clay and seeing the shape emerge, the foot, belly, neck and lip, the delicate touch needed when refining the shape, pushing the limits of the form but to stop before it collapses under its own weight. Even after being a potter for almost 30 years I still find excitement when opening a kiln and looking for that special piece where everything comes together and “works”.

Thank you for reading.

Hope to see you Saturday,

xo

Margi Dolls