East Sooke artist Marlene Bowman shows a few pieces of her clay forms. Her art is on display for this year’s Fired Up! show in Metchosin.

Fired Up! art show teams up with Ontario gallery

Metchosin’s annual “Fired Up!”  contemporary works in clay is reaching beyond British Columbia to celebrate acclaimed ceramic artists from across Canada.

The Fired Up group is collaborating up with Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery in London, Ont., for this year’s event.

“It’s time they open up the door to other artists. This is the first time they have had a guest gallery,” Bancroft-Snell, said from London.

“The caliber of artists I show is on par with the caliber of the Fired Up artists. I’ve been showing members of the Fired Up group for 10 years.”

East Sooke potter Marlene Bowman, is one of the Fired Up veterans who displays her work in Bancroft-Snell’s gallery.

Bowman has been producing ceramic art professionally for almost 30 years.

“It was love at first feel,” said Bowman, 77. “My greatest pleasure is playing with the wet clay.”

When creating her art, Bowman uses computer circuit boards, a fish spine, a piece of a bleach bottle and a cactus to create texture.

“(The imprint) of the computer board becomes smooth and beautiful,” Bowman said as she slams and pulls clay slab on her work table.

Organizers expect ceramic artwork at this year’s Fired Up to vary from, functional to visual to abstract. The pieces are fired in a variety of ways including, salt, smoke, electric or reduction firing.

“Each one has a different outcome and different effects,” Bowman said, noting her pieces are fired in an electric kiln.

While Bancroft-Snell has been working with Fired Up artists for a decade, he also regularly attends the Metchosin event, now in its 27th year. Many of his gallery clients from eastern Canada and the U.S. also fly to Victoria to attend Fired Up.

“For the last two years I’ve flown out to see the show,” he said.

This year’s theme is “Axis of Art,” about about the relationship between the creator, connector and the collector.

Bancroft-Snell considers himself a connector between artists and customers. “Someone has to be the connector.”

“I own the largest Canadian contemporary ceramic gallery in the country,” he said. “Ceramic art is the last affordable art form in Canada.”

Bancroft-Snell said an immense amount of talent that comes out of the Fired Up group.

“They are united by their high quality of work,” Bancroft-Snell said. “You will not find any artist of this caliber anywhere else in B.C..”

Fired Up contemporary works in clay 2011 exhibition is at the Metchosin Community Hall, 4401 William Head Rd.

The show runs May 26 to 29. The opening gala is May 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. From May 27 to 29 the show is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

See web.me.com/glenysmarshallinman/firedup for more.







Just Posted

New roadside testing device can’t identify drug impairment says Vancouver lawyer

Lawyer says similar devices vulnerable to court challenge, testing for drugs different to alcohol

BC Transit offers high school grads free bus rides

2019 grads can choose two days in June to ride for free

Village Block Party returns to Cook Street

Sunday’s event brings vendors, entertainment and coveted dog race to Victoria’s Cook Street

Thursday sees mix of sun and cloud, high of 22 C

Plus a look ahead at your weekend forecast

Greater Victoria residents among the most credit-worthy Canadians

Yet debt levels continue to rise as Canadians owe $178 for every $100 earned

Kelowna toddler suffers cracked skull after fall from balcony

Neighbour who found the two-year-old boy said he has a bump the size of a golf ball on his head

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Were you satisfied with the Game of Thrones series finale?

Millions gathered in front of their televisions Sunday night to watch the… Continue reading

Crews fight fire with fire to keep blaze from northern Alberta town

The wildfire now covers some 920 square kilometres

Man in B.C. charged with murder and arson in 2016 New Brunswick death

He is charged in the death of 71-year-old Lucille Maltais, who was found inside a burned down home

Improve your life and theirs, adopt a cat from the BC SPCA

The BC SPCA holds an adult cat adoption promotion

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

Support growing for orphaned Okanagan child after father dies in highway crash

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

Pipeline protester chimes in on Justin Trudeau’s B.C. fundraising speech

The government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion

Most Read