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Victoria gallery celebrates four decades with ceramic exhibition in Duncan this April

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Pottery lovers and collectors, listen up!

Fired Up! will be celebrating 40 years of ceramic excellence with an exhibition running from Friday, April 5th to Thursday, May 2nd at the Cowichan Valley Arts Council Gallery in Duncan.

The exhibition, titled Honouring 40 Years, includes an exhibition of special ceramics created by 28 current, former and “In Memoriam” members.

To celebrate, they’ll be throwing an opening night party on Thursday, April 4th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. where there will be a jazz band and finger food to enjoy.

In addition, 16 members of the Cowichan Artisans will be presenting their creations in an adjacent room for attendees to check out and marvel over. 

“We’ve had some amazing times over the years and it’s time to celebrate together,” said Fired Up! member, Cathi Jefferson. 

Following this marvelous exhibition, Fired Up! will also host their annual show and sale from May 25th to 26th at Metchosin Hall for anyone hoping to take these expertly crafted creations home. 

Featured artists include Vin Arora, Alan Burgess, Samantha Dickie, Sandra Dolph,  Peter Flanagan, Sandy Harquail, Gordon Hutchens, Cathi Jefferson, Meira Mathison and Kinichi Shigeno.

(Meira Mathison’s work / Fired Up!)

Every year, this show and sale presents a new theme and different guest artists—bringing together collectors and artists alike in an enthusiastic and vibrant atmosphere. 

It all began in 1984, when ceramic artists Robin Hopper and Judi Dyelle organized a special pottery sale on their Metchosin property. 

They hosted a gathering of 12 talented and dedicated potters who shared a vision, and it is a vision and dedication to the art form that has blossomed and continued to grip artists and attendees. 

Fired Up! 40th Year

  • Where:
    • Honouring 40 Years Exhibition and opening night: Cowichan Valley Arts Council Gallery, 2687 James Street, Duncan
    • Annual Show and Sale: Metchosin Hall, 4401 William Head Road
  • When: 
    • Honouring 40 Years
      • Opening night: Thursday, April 4th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
      • Exhibition: Friday, April 5th to Thursday, May 2nd during gallery hours
    • Annual Show and Sale: May 25th and 26th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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