Shannon Boyd and Gerry Greengrove join the Vernon Community Potters in its show and sale at Paddlewheel Park July 20.

Shannon Boyd and Gerry Greengrove join the Vernon Community Potters in its show and sale at Paddlewheel Park July 20.

Potters go beyond the wheel

The Vernon Community Potters host their sale and exhibition by local artists and artisans at Paddlewheel Park July 20.

As the members of the Vernon Community Potters  know, ceramics  can come in many different shapes, sizes, textures and forms.

And that is especially true when it comes to the finished product.

About to show their work at Paddlewheel Park, the potters are featuring all kinds of ceramic forms – earthenware, stoneware and porcelain – from functional tableware to lifecasting.

Shannon Boyd has been a potter for more than 10 years, having trained in both Ontario and Nova Scotia. She divides her time between Auckland, New Zealand and Vernon.

“(My) intent is to make pottery that reminds us to cherish our everyday objects; to help us connect with our daily rituals as well as special occasions,” she said.

Boyd makes what is described as exquisite functional tableware, using repetitive patterns to create rhythm and texture so that the user has both an engaging visual and tactile experience. Her patterns come from nature and she uses glaze to bring together her forms and pattern.

Fellow member Gerry Greengrove began potting 10 years ago and now focuses his art on life-casting, where the human form is embraced through the use of molding and casting techniques.

A member of the Lifecasters International Association, Greengrove is largely self-taught. He recently completed a week-long workshop with Dave Parvin, one of only five certified instructors in North America.

Most of his casts have been commissioned works for individual clients, but he has a number of limited edition pieces available for sale at the Paddlewheel show.

Greengrove’s art works of male and female torsos are finished in a variety of highly polished patinas.

“I especially love doing hands. Each hand has its own particular character; all have a story to tell,” he said.

The Vernon Community Potters host their sale and exhibition by local artists and artisans at Paddlewheel Park July 20 starting at 11 a.m. Musicians will also perform.