Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery hosts first potters show

Victor Duffhues is one of 10 Island potters taking part in The Art of Kiln’n It, which runs from Sept. 23 to Oct. 1 at the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery.

This pottery show features wheels spinning in 10 different directions.

The Art of Kiln’n It, which runs from Sept. 23 to Oct. 1 at the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery, features a collection of the works of 10 contemporary ceramic masters of the potter’s wheel and some up-and-coming artists.

Accomplished potters Victor Duffhues, Cathi Jefferson, Harriet Hiemstra, Lee Stead and Lilach Lotan will have their work on display with emerging sculptor Ruben Galdames. They will be joined by a group of up-and-coming artists that includes Sandy Harquail, Bronwyn Arundel, Erin Berry and Circo Di Ruocco.

Duffhues, who has been producing pottery for 38 years, was initially taught the finer points by his wife, Josee, an accomplished artist in her own right. The couple opened their first gallery in 1979, and have shown their work at JOVIC Pottery at 4781 Shell Beach Rd. in Ladysmith since 1995.

Duffhues said he draws inspiration from many traditional influences, including the natural beauty that surrounds us. “I’m inspired by things that challenge me,” he noted. “After all these years, I realize I’m still learning.”

Duffhues is looking forward to the upcoming show for a variety of reasons.

“It’s always a treat for me. I know some of the names (in the show), and have always been impressed by their work. It’s a privilege to be in their company,” he said. “It’s always interesting to see some names I don’t know as well, and see the work of a new generation of up and coming artists.”

Kathy Holmes, president of the Arts Council of Ladysmith and District, said she is excited to have the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery host its first-ever contemporary pottery show and sale.

“We have a lovely cross-section of potters,” she said. “It’s a great blend of master potters and emerging artists. This show will have something for everyone.”

The Art of Kiln’n It opens Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery at 610 Oyster Bay Rd. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the exhibition. For more information, spin over to ladysmithwaterfrontgallery.com.