The 230 individual cups that formed the International craft work " Secret to the return of the cod" are now for sale at King's Point Gallery and Gifts. The complete 12 foot by 8 foot installation was last exhibited in Cheongju South Korea for the Unity and Diversity Exhibition, an invitational event coordinated by both South Korea and the Canadian Craft Federation in 2009.
image: label from the original "Merchant Vessel Show"
The piece was originally created for the "Merchant Vessels" exhibition held at The Rooms, the provincial Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador in St John's, NL, Canada. Gloria Hickey curated the 2008 group show and very kindly invited us to be a participant. The following year it was selected to be the gateway work for the Canadian Pavilion overseas in South Korea.
Image: Each salt soda fired cup features a capelin on the back!
We have been asked by customers for the past 5 years if we would be offering a chance to purchase a piece of the international craft work. This year we finally made the decision to offer it to our customers. We currently have less than 200 cups left (and expect it to be sold out by late summer)... So if you want a cup with a international NL story behind it, please do either contact us via email ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or drop by our gallery here in King's Point, NL, Canada to get yours before they we are all sold out.
We are launching 3 new lines of work at the gallery show and sale curated by Alexis Templeton Gallery, the March of Mugs Show at the Quidi Vidi Plantation, St John's, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada. Running: Feb 28 - Mar 01 -Mar 02, 2014.
1. The first is the Tipton Tea Series. Inspired by both the innovative work of Alberta ceramic artist Barbara Tipton and the Newfoundland and Labrador love for tea. Here are a look at the first 3 in what we hope will be a long running series. (Those familiar with Ms Tipton will immediately see we are going in a decidedly different teacup direction from her very fine work.)
Tipton Teacup: inspired by antique Lipton teacup from the 1950's
and some very early 1980's work of Ms Tipton.
Fish Teacup: Newfoundlanders used to be called Fish and fish only refers to cod.
For us it is a bitter sweet cup as the NL fish were nearly destroyed by overfishing.
Beothuk Teacup: the Beothuk were race of people that
used to live here in NL that are now very sadly extinct.
Inside the teacup is a view of 2 beothuks paddling a canoe.
Beothuk patterns made with real red ochre paint.
2. The second is called the Ballistic Shot Glass Series. Made with the use of a 12 gauge shot gun to decorate the cups. Inspired by the creation of the earth's moon and its highly textured surface.
3. The third is the carved deep blue sea & land series. It features fish, crabs and other land & sea life.
Yes we are still very much open and with lots of stock! As you can tell by our twitter feed (@potterykp) and our facebk page (Kings point pottery) lots of new things in time for the holidays. We are still suggesting to our customers to pls call ahead, just to be sure we are not baking cookies or out mummering or...
Our new winter hours are again: Tuesday to Saturday (5 days a week) 10:00 am to 5 pm or by appointment or by chance.
Happy holidays all!
Linda & David
Ps: we will then be closing for the holidays on the 21 st of December 2013 at 5:00pm until the 8th of January 2014...then open again for business as usual on the 9th of January at 10:00am.
Did you know Trip Advisor currently ranks King's Point Pottery's Newfoundland Craft Shop #1 for shopping (Under "things to do in Newfoundland" please check out the "Shopping Tab" in this link) in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada? (They do... and they also rated us #1 last year!!) And that is in addition to being awarded the years #1 craft shop a.k.a. the outstanding craft shop in Atlantic Canada earlier this year! ( Thanks to the Craft Council of NL for the nomination and the Craft Alliance for their selection!) All in all...it has been a very fortunate year for our Newfoundland craft shop.
So thank you all very much...to everyone out there who helps to make us the #1 Newfoundland Craft Shop! What's next? Well, it is no secret that our long term goal is to eventually become one of the finest Craft Shops in all of Canada. Please stay tuned as we have lots of new craft-artists planned for 2014!
Now that we are into the shoulder season (pre holiday season)...we would like to remind customers that we are still open year round but we do strongly recommend calling ahead. The fall and winter is just 5 days per week : Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. (Closed Sundays and Mondays.) We will of course be away now and then... between now and next summer. We will post any temporary changes as they occur.
Wow, thanks go out to Lindsay Bird of CBC tv who interviewed us this week! She was right here in King's Point at our gallery! We talked about winning the top retailer award for Atlantic Canada, Art Smarts and our hopes for the area. If you didn't see it or want to see it again here it is. Please click on the following link to see the piece that appeared on Here and Now NL, 12 Feb 2013: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/NL/Featured/ID/2334592667/
PS: If you are using an ipad for some reason the link doesn't always work (it sends you to another part of cbc)..a pc seems fine (goes right to the video)? If you go to the cbc web site and type in kings point pottery you can easily find the video but maybe it has something to do with flash or maybe I have an old ipad?