ABOUT CORI SANDLER - THE POTTER -
The Potter With As Many Styles As There Are Trees In A Forest and
Voices In A Choir
A Studio potter who makes pottery that
make you giggle.
I like to think I bring life to art and art to life, making the
everyday a little brighter.
You can use my pots everyday, bringing a bit of whimsy into your
Working with clay is a remarkable joy
for me. The first time I sat a wheel in an old farm house, I knew
that this was a medium that just ... fit. I don't know if it was
the mess that I loved, or the warm wet clay oozing through my fingers,
or the way that a very personal conversation transpires between
clay and artist.
I learned early on that while the artists
wants to say something, the clay also has say something to say,
and there is a need for mutual respect.
For more than 20 years I have been a
potter, selling pots at stores such as the AGO gift shop, The Gardine
Museum of Ceramic Art, The MicMichael Gallery, and The Guild Shop
and Arts on King ( in Toronto, Canada).
My styles have many faces;
NAKEN LADIES , which celebrate women
of all shapes and sizes. I was asked many years ago to create some
pottery for International Womens Day. Although I take this event
very seriously, I don't tend to take myself all that seriously,
and thus, these happy, naive like doodles of naked women, arms outstretched
in celebration we born.
CARNIVAL AND CIRQUE- are the pots with bold colourful strips and patterns, reminding me of the big top of the cirque de soliel. This is a wildly popular series for me with greens and purples, gold and yellow, blue and teal.... lots of little black dots round these pots out. The fiddlehead Butter Dish and Salt Shakers are a new addition in this series and I am just loving them soooooooooooo much. I hope you do to.
DOTTY SPOTTY POTTY - These are fun and rather minimalist for me. Most people think these are balloons adorning the pottery - hmmmmm..... Could be... or, maybe they are a bunch of gumballs on strings. What do you think they are?
FISHY WISHY - Need I say more. Fish among the seawead just outside my studio. The ocean is teaming with all kinds of marine life. There has got to be a fish or two that look like these in there.
GARDEN GATE - The spirals that are found on this pottery series reminds me of iron garden gates, with fillegreed iron patterning framed in wood or more iron. The bold framework in various colours really helps to define the negative space - which I then fill with dots and sprials. - As Harry Chapin sang... All my lifes a circle.
DANCING TULIP which remind me of the abundance of life on the west coast of Canada on Vancouver Island. This rainforest zone, means that things grow... EVERYTHING grows. The flowers start coming out in January/February and the trees are perfect places for eagles to get a really great view of life below. Gardening a very serious art form here in the Comox Valley and as a potter, my pottery is a little bit of a 'tilt of my hat' to those amazing gardeners - (including my own partner.)
WALK IN THE WOODS is my wood fired series. The ash dances around the pots with the flame in the wood fired kiln over a 3 day period. The kiln is stoked continuously for the 3 day period and then about a week later, the pots are cool enough to unpack the kiln. This is a community event with many potters and many pots.
, FUSION is a series of blending many swatches
of colour with big brush strokes, while Desert Moon, ,
and Midnight Forest are all quiet, rich with hues of blues and dark
green, Rusts and golden browns are the predominant colour. I often scratch through one colour
on the pot to reveal another colour beneath ( scrafitto), even if
the colour difference is subtle, it is a reminder, that there is
always something which lies beneath the surface. These pots ask
of the viewer to take time, to touch and to hold the pot, to see
the many complex layers that all there, albeit, quiet and subtle
and not completely obvious on first glance. This is akin to my personal
growth and self exploration, which is not about the loud vivatious,
cheerful look of the white series of doodled pots, but an understanding
that we as humans, are much more complex and if we allow others
in, or allow ourselves the time and space needed, we can uncover
some of what lies beneath the masks we often choose or by some default,
tend to wear. This series ranges in colour.
My Smoke Fired and Modern Primitives
reflect the quiet, introspective part of me. There is something
fascinating to me about the ability to learn of past civilizations
- how they lived, where they lived, what they did, etc. by finding
shards of pottery in excavation sites. Pottery is of the earth and
uses elements from the earth to create both articles of beauty and
function. I guess this is why I love the smoke fired pieces... In
the process of making them, I imagine a more primitive time, and
quieter time, and a more gentle time.
On a recent trip to India, I met with
a potter in a very small rural village, who makes water vessels
(among other things) for his entire commmunity.
By pounding and shaping a large piece of clay with no wheel or electricity,
he forms a beautiful vessel, firing it in the ground with smoldering
smoke for several days, until the vessel is 'baked' and ready for
the villagers. My pots are much easier to make as I use a wheel
rotating hundreds of time per minute to assist me.
Does travel ever help to give one perspective!!!
I make pottery for personal enjoyment, both decorative and functional ware, - cone 6 (meaning it get's really hard and is more durable than earthenware).
Perhaps you too will have the opportunity to get your hands on some wet clay soon and play... play.... play!
Tiles - If you are interested in tile work, for your kitchen, bathroom or ... wall hanging, let's talk about it.
Home Staging - If you need to rent art, just ask.
Film Shoots -I'm Always interested, let's talk.
I am glad that you have found your way
here. I hope you have the opportunity to get your hands on some
wet clay soon and play... play .... play!
CurriculumVitae (CV) for Cori Sandler as of Sept 2011 (printable version)
Exhibitions & Shows/Fairs: British Columbia
2012 - The How Did It Get To Be December Holiday Sale - Studio Sale
2012 – Comox Valley Potters Club Sale
2012 – Cambpell River Pottery Sal
2012 – Featured Artist at The Potter’s Place, Courtenay BC
2011 – Comox Valley Potters Club Sale
2011 – Cambpell River Pottery Sale
2012 - A Touch Of Saltspring Holiday Sale - Victoria Area BC
2011 – Haig Brown Festival – Campbell River
2011 – Filberg Festival, Comox BC
2011 – Featured Artist at The Potter’s Place, Courtenay BC
2011 – Campbell River Art Gallery
2011 – Comox Airport
Selected Exhibitions & Shows: and Toronto, ON:
2009 – Roncesvalles Village Studio Tour – Toronto
2008 – Lots of Pots – Garden Ave – solo show
2002 – Mac’s Mansion Gallery – 2 woman show
2002 – Gallery 611
2001 – Mac’s Mansion Gallery – 2 woman show
2001 – Wagner Rosenbaum Gallery
2000 – Mac’s Mansion Gallery – 2 woman show
1999 – The Moose Show
1999 – Mac’s Mansion Gallery – 2 woman show
1998 – The Moose Show
1997 – International Women’s Day Show and Exhibition – Ryerson University
1997 – Mac’s Mansion Gallery –This Is It! - 2 woman show
1996 – International Women’s Day Show and Exhibition – Ryerson University
1996 – W.E.S.T. Studio Tour
1996 – Mac’s Mansion Gallery – 2 woman show
1995 – Mac’s Mansion Gallery – 2 woman show
1994 – West End Studio Tour (W.E.S.T.)
1994 – Mac’s Mansion Gallery – 2 woman show
1993 –The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art - One Woman Show/slide presentation
1993 – Mac’s Mansion Gallery – 2 woman show
1992 – Mac’s Mansion Gallery – 2 woman show
1991 – Mac’s Mansion Gallery – 2 woman show
1990 – 1996 – The Potters’ Studio Winter and Spring Show and Sale
Island Potters ( Hornby Island, BC)
The Comox Valley Art Gallery, Courtenay, BC
The Potter’s Place, Courtney, BC
AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) gift shop, Toronto, ON
The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art gift shop, Toronto, ON
The McMichael Gallery, Kleinberg, ON
The Guild Shop, Toronto, ON
Gallery 611, Toronto, ON
Artful, Burlington, ON
Arts on King, Toronto, ON
Wise Daughters, Toronto, ON
Associations and Memberships:
British Columbia Potters Guild 2010 - present
Comox Valley Potters Club – 2010 – present – 2011 President of Guild
Potters Council (International organization) 2010 – present
Fusion – The Ontario Clay and Glass Assoc.1990- present
Fusion - annual conference committee 1990 – 1997
Fusion – education committee – 1990 - 1997
Toronto Potters (Guild) 1990 - 2010
Potters’ Studio 1990-1996
Hamilton Potters (Guild) 2008-2009
Selected Workshops and Classes attended:
Nick Joerling Rob Tetu Cathi Jefferson Carol Ann Michaelson
Jane Hamlin Meira Matheson Lana Wilson Randy Johnston
Andrea Gill Tom Coleman Ellen Shankin Wayne Ngan
Richard and Carol Selfridge Gordon Hutchens (North Island College)
Alan Burgess ( North Island College) Tony Clennell