Potters face the crowds

Central Saanich clay worker among group of potters to show wares at Clay Connects in Victoria

The clay work of Debbie Elkins of Central Saanich will be part of the annual Clay Connects in Victoria.

The clay work of Debbie Elkins of Central Saanich will be part of the annual Clay Connects in Victoria.

Two Peninsula potters are among more than 30 artisans who will display their wares at Clay Connects.

Debbie Elkins of Central Saanich and Louise Parsons of North Saanich will be part of the highly successful event.

For the second year running, the annual show and sale of the South Vancouver Island Potters Guild will set up next to the Moss Street Market on June 16.

The guild is composed of about 70 members based from Victoria through Sooke and Sidney to the Cowichan Valley,.

Participating potters range from artisans who produce a range of functional wares to sculptors and hand builders who specialize in more ornamental and often whimsical work.

Pots on display will run the gamut from small to large, coffee mugs to garden sculpture, in porcelain, stoneware and earthenware, glazed in all colours of the rainbow. Prices range from a few dollars to more than $100.

The aim of the guild, founded in 1999, is to support, motivate and educate artists working in clay. The organization also offers strong support to Souper Bowls of Hope, with potters donating hundreds of hand-crafted bowls each year to raise funds for the Youth Empowerment Society.

Guild members will set up their tables and tents in the Garry Oak Room and outside on the lawn at the Fairfield Gonzales Community Place, at 1335 Thurlow Rd. in Fairfield from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn more at www.victoriapotters.ca.