Soda Glaze: Surprise/spectacle/subtlety with Ruthanne Tudball

March 11-19 (days and times vary)     SOLD OUT

Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby, BC

‘Sodium vapour glazing emphasizes the marks and rhythms of making – picks out every line’ Ruthanne Tudball discovered the lure of clay after moving to England in 1968, eventually focusing her attention on atmospheric firings and writing her book ‘Soda Glazing’ in 1995. She has led extensive workshops worldwide since then, and is known for her elegant, organic forms. Participants bring bisque ware and glaze, load, and fire the Shadbolt’s soda kiln under Ruthanne’s instruction


Train of Thought: Woodfiring concepts with Simon Levin

March 12-19 (days and times vary)     SOLD OUT

Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby, BC 

‘How many pots can you get in?’ is always an interesting question. More to the point is how many good pots can you get out? In this workshop we use a lot of raw clay surfaces, wadding and loading techniques to make the most out of the firing effects. Led by Simon Levin of Wisconsin the approach is a little different – with a cycle of oxidation and reduction on the way down in a 48 hour firing.

Both firing workshops are full, but symposium registrants are invited to attend the opening and unloading of both kilns on Sunday March 19, 10-3 pm, at the Kiln Station (south of the Burnaby Art Gallery)


Alternative Raku Techniques

Thursday, March 16, 2017  SOLD OUT

Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby, BC 

Author, potter and professor James Watkins leads a one day hands-on firing workshop at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Students explore alternative techniques including raku, fuming, and closed container Saggar firing.



Demonstration with Jason Walker

Maple Ridge Art Gallery

Thursday, March 16th,  2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

For more information contact: Barbara Duncan



Throwing Demonstration with Sunshine Cobb

Delta Potters Association

Friday, March 17th, 9 am - 4 pm

For more information contact: Molly Magid




Be sure to visit the vendors' booths at the Trade Show where you will have a chance to check out and purchase the latest ceramic art tools, publications, and supplies, as well as find out about studio / educational programs and artist in residencies!  Anyone interested in renting a table at the symposium trade show, please contact TBC: TBC


2017 Trade Show Vendors

Larger suppliers:

Greenbarn Potters Supply  

Totally Ceramics & Pottery Inc.  

PSH: The Pottery Supply House  

Tucker's Pottery Supplies / Coneart Kilns 



Smaller Guilds / Educational:

Potters Guild of BC 

North-West Ceramics Foundation


Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts 

Fraser Valley Potters Guild

Discovery Art Travel



The Ceramic Roadshow has become a much anticipated Canadian Clay Symposium tradition. Every conference each one of you brings a piece ( a piece of your own, your favourite, oldest, newest, funkiest - whatever!) that you want to share with other potters for the day. It’s an amazing show that comes together in less than an hour and features so many gems you’ll always enjoy the experience. There have been pieces more than 500 years old to someone bringing the very 1st pot they ever made. You never know and it’s always terrific! So be sure to bring a piece to Studio 103. Volunteers will be on hand to monitor the show. Please fill out and attach the Ceramic Roadshow Form to your piece.

Aaron Nelson will be critiquing the Ceramic Roadshow this year.

Ceramic Road Show Form.jpeg (click to download)

Les manning critiquing the 2013 road show

Les manning critiquing the 2013 road show




Don't forget to bring a mug, cup or tea bowl to donate to the Mug Wall (Studio 103), and $20 to purchase one! (cash or cheque only)

This fundraiser is sponsored by the North-West Ceramics Foundation with proceeds going into the Maureen Wright Scholarship Fund. Mugs change hands very quickly so don’t lose any time—head for the Mug Wall as soon as you register! This is an opportunity to find a unique and rare sample of work from a huge selection of artists. Free coffee or tea is included with the purchase of a mug.



BC Ceramic Mark Registry – BCCMR - at the Symposium!

Yes, the site is still being developed, and eventually will be put on line. We are still collecting signatures. Come visit our booth and fill in information about your practice, and please bring a CD with image(s) of your mark. There will be volunteers available to assist you.

You can also e-mail your chop to Debra Sloan at The file should be 1280 x 1080 pixels and 300 dpi. Please include the BC Ceramic Marks Registry form with your chop.

BC Ceramic Marks Registry form.pdf (click to download)



Artist's Tour with Don Hutchinson

Sunday, March 19th, 2:00 - 3:30pm

Don Hutchinson leads you on a tour of his ceramics on display in our survey exhibition Don Hutchinson: From Form to Fantasy. Find out about the inspirations, anecdotes, and processes for his distinct work that ranges from functional to playful, useful to fanciful.

Contact: 604-501-5566


Artist Talk with James Watkins

‘Saggar Firing with a Metal Container’ 

March 19, 2017, 2 - 4pm


Burnaby Art Gallery

6344 Deer Lake Avenue

Burnaby, BC  V5G 2J3

T: 604.205.7332



BC Potters Guild Dinner

Saturday, March 18th, 2017, 6:30pm-10:00pm

Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby, BC

Tickets are $35 each (plus taxes) 

Menu: Indian (both meat and vegetarian options) 

butter chicken, spinach and lentil dahl, vegetarian samosas, naan bread and basmati rice. 

Cash bar

Pottery Prom themed photo booth 

The BC Potters Guild will be hosting a dinner at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts on March 18th after the Symposium. Tickets are $35 each (plus taxes). Click on the button below to buy tickets.

Also, the tickets can be purchased at the Gallery (there is no physical ticket, your names will be put on the guest list), payable by cash/cheque/cards. 

Cheques for $39.20 (taxes included) can be made out to the Potters Guild of BC

Mailing Address: Gallery of BC Ceramics, 1359 Cartwright St, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3R7