For the month of March, the Potters Place Gallery in the Comox Valley is featuring the work of John Shauer.
John found it was the magic of throwing that first seduced him 25 years ago.
To be able to make pleasing shapes from a spinning hunk of clay was irresistible, and he delved in and explored all the wonderful shapes.
His not so perfect pieces were found useful when starting the journey into glaze mixing and testing. He tried layering multiple glazes on non-functional pots to see what would be effective, and his confidence grew. Then crystalline glazes grabbed him. Crystalline is one of his enduring passions and to this day he is still experimenting with glazes and firing schedules.
Meanwhile he noticed that he was becoming dissatisfied with the finished overall shape of his pots, so started refining the rims, feet, and proportions. These small changes resulted in a pot more pleasing to the eye. He has now found himself enjoying making more functional pieces, knowing that the item will be handled and used frequently making it an intimate and rewarding process.
The knowledge and techniques learned whilst making mainly non-functional pieces are now being employed in this way.