I am not sure if it really feels like fall anymore in Winnipeg now that we have had our first dusting of snow but, it is time for all of the local pottery groups to be having their annual sales. The Stoneware Gallery has been a cooperative venture since 1976, forty-two years ago. Almost a decade ago I had lunch with Valerie Metcalfe and she was worried that the coop would not be able to attract young people to fill the places of the retiring members. Fast forward eight years and the site on Corydon Street in Winnipeg is bustling. They offer wheel throwing classes from September to June; there is always a waitlist. It is an excellent place to start as a beginner or to remove the rust from once trained hands. Members take turns in the gallery shop that represents the emerging talents and the well-established potters of our City.
Beginning tomorrow, the members will be opening their doors for a four-day sale. For those of you looking for a secret Santa gift or for one for your valued other, you will find whatever it is you are looking for. Steve Jorgenson has been making his casseroles for three generations of buyers. Kathryne Koop and Valerie Metcalfe have marvelled all of us with their decorative porcelain while Alan Lacovetsky brings in his special wood-fired pieces. These are the people that I know best but Barb Balfour has her raku and Jennifer Johnson has been getting assistance in spontaneous decorating from her two daughters.
Take an hour, drive over to Corydon Avenue, pick up some gifts for the holidays or, maybe just something for yourself. Helping support someone who makes their living by making beautiful handmade ceramics is a ‘good thing’.