It has been said that potters can be divided into three types, “Mudders,” “Chemists,” and “Pyros,” describing the three phases involved in the making of a ceramic art work. “Mudders” like to get their hands into the wet clay, wedging, throwing, and hand building the art work into a form ready to accept the glaze and the fire. “Chemists” are passionate about the preparation and application of all the materials that combine to form the designs and colours of the glazed outer surface. And “pyros” love the fire, the final phase of the process where the piece is subjected to a carefully controlled firing in a kiln.
By his own admission, Victoria based potter, Michael Giles is a “mudder”. And his beautiful, hand thrown pots reflect this passion. But when you see his work, it’s obvious that he is also a master in all other aspects of the ceramic process. “I want each piece to be alive with humour, compassion, wonder, quirkiness, a love of life, and the pleasure of giving pleasure,” says Michael. His admirers and colleagues agree that he has successfully achieved this character in his art. At the recent Saanich Peninsula Arts and Crafts Show held in Sidney, BC, Michael was recognized for his work, receiving 6 of the 8 juried awards presented at the show.
MIchael will be in Princeton June 11 & 12, presenting a hand-on workshop entitled
“Learn Raku”. If you are interested in participating or for more information, please contact Ed Staples at 250-295-0822 or email: email@example.com