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Beechwood Pottery Christmas Show & Sale

19 Nov

IMG_4476by Diva Trista Russell

This past weekend I had the pleasure of checking out Beechwood Pottery, which is just outside St. Columban in Huron East. I have to admit it’s in an area of Huron County that I rarely visit, but I am very glad that I made the trip!

Each year Beechwood Pottery holds their Christmas Show and Sale, which is a studio open house featuring pottery by Robert Tetu and Cora De Vries. I had the pleasure of meeting both Robert and Cora, and Robert told me the story of how he got into pottery. He previously attended art school in Toronto, but later decided it wasn’t for him. After some unfulfilling jobs, he decided to attend a pottery class with a friend, where he discovered his passion for pottery. He now runs Beechwood Pottery along with his partner Cora, which is displayed in a historic general store at the corner of Beechwood Line and Bridge Road.

When I arrived, I was greeted with some hot mulled wine while I pursued the pottery collection. There was a mix of functional pottery and beautiful decorative items. There was also some gorgeous porcelain earrings made by Cora.

beautiful and functional pottery 1

beautiful and functional pottery 1

Since Christmas is quickly approaching, I starting thinking about Christmas gifts. I think the oil and vinegar dispensers would be a great gift for a “foodie” in your life! What is great about the pottery is that all of it is ovenproof, dishwasher safe, microwave safe, and lead free. I ended up purchasing some small wine mugs, which I’m going to wrap up with a bottle of wine as a unique Christmas gift!

With its one-of-kind pieces, Beechwood Pottery is definitely a hidden gem in Huron County

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Beechwood Pottery
44004 Bridge Road (4 km. north of St. Columban)
Phone: 519-345-2184
Email: beechwood@cyg.net

porcelain earrings - another great Christmas gift idea

porcelain earrings – another great Christmas gift idea

wine mugs that I purchased for a Christmas gift

wine mugs that I purchased for a Christmas gift

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There is no shortage of amazing art in Huron

8 May

by Diva Jenna Ujiye

Art aRound Town

Last week I went down to Exeter to do a bit of shopping, eating and exploring. I stopped in at the South Huron Welcome Centre to visit my friend Brittany Fry (who is also the Exeter BIA manager) and was able to check out the Art aRound Town display in the centre. There were a variety of different kinds of art from jewellery, books, paintings, photography, pottery and more!

The centre is set up in a couple of different rooms that you can explore and the unique mix of artistry is wonderful. Art aRound Town is a small group of artists and volunteers who are working together to promote the visual arts in southern Huron County. They organize Art Shows featuring original works by local artists, hold Art Classes and Workshops with visiting Artists for all ages, and do what they can to bring Art into the lives of art enthusiasts. You can find them at 483 Main St. South (at corner of Huron St). Exeter, ON. or online at artaroundtown.net

Open on Thursdays from 2:00 – 6:00 pm.  

As well as Saturdays – May 11, 18 & 25 from 2:00 – 6:00 pm.

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Having fun at Davara Studio

9 May

by: A Couple of Coasters – Divas Cindy Fisher and Laurel Armstrong

If you are looking for a fun small group experience, try your hands at pottery with Dave Riach of Davara Studio in Blyth, Ontario.

Cindy and Dave star glazing

On a sunny spring morning, we arrived at his studio, ready to play in the clay.  He starts off by showing us samples of pottery products and glazes which have been created by him and his wife Tamara.  Once you see the realm of possibilities, we then moved into the workshop to become familiar with hand building and wheel work.

Cindy wanted to try throwing pottery on the wheel to make small serving pieces; Laurel wanted to try making beads and decorative jewelry pieces.  The great thing about Dave is that he lets you explore your own thing while providing clear guidance about the process for doing this in his studio – he is a good sharer!

Cindy discovered that throwing pottery on a wheel takes accurate pressure and speed – but even wonky bowls have their charm.  Laurel discovered that creating clay beads and pendants for necklaces was all about textures, shapes and glaze.

Laurel and the details

Once the clay art has been created, the timing of kiln drying and glazing will be worked out to fit the mutual schedules.

Laurel and Dave glazing

So if you are looking for creative learning fun, contact Dave at 519-523-4355 and talk about the options for his hands-on ‘playing with clay’ experiences.

results in transition

By the way, in addition to pottery and other decorative items for the table and garden, he also sells stained glass creations, and does commission work.

Oh – and he also does birthday party packages for the young and young at heart– how much fun would that be!?!

Oh – he also teaches Stained Glass if that catches your fancy.

Pottery, glass and good conversation

5 Dec

In late November I headed to Blyth to get a few groceries while I was in the cute little town I made sure that I went in to Davara Studio. I’ve known Dave for a couple of years now and have been in to the shop a couple of times. It is located at 197 Westmoreland St. in a cute little studio, built off of a house. More Information here.

They sell all different kinds of pottery and glass, on top of selling they also offer classes. The classes sound really cool, Dave told me they keep the classes small (2 or 3 people at a time) and they run for 5 weeks. At the end of the course you will have made 8 – 12 pieces that you get to take home! Dave also told me that if you bring a bottle of wine it will be shared with the whole class throughout the evening!

After looking around the store I stood and chatted with Dave for over half an hour, he showed me many of the different pieces and gave me some insight to what it is like to be a potter. The store is very small, but I was super surprised to see the many different items available. At first look my favourite piece was the clay birdhouses, but after Dave showed everything to me I ended up buying a berry bowl/shrimp ring combo (pictured below).

The prices are outstanding, I paid $40.00 for the berry bowl, most places charge that just for the bowl, plus it comes with the extra dipping bowl and saucer! Dave and his wife Tamara also have some very unique ideas within the store, they give added value to products by telling their stories. The photo above with Dave holding two serving dishes is a funny story. The dish on the left is a Perth County corn on the cob holder, while the one on the right is a Huron County corn on the cob holder… I guess we grow bigger corn in Huron!!! If you are driving through Blyth, stop by Davara studio and see what they have to offer, it may seem small, but there is much more in there than first meets the eye!