The Salt Spring Island Potters Guild (SSICA Ceramic Awards) in British Columbia, Canada (a ferry ride from Vancouver or Victoria) is one of the oldest Pottery Guilds in Canada and the first to host a Canadian Biennial Ceramic Awards. Renowned as one of North America's top artistic communities - Salt Spring Island is home to more than 50 studio potters, ranging from internationally renowned ceramic artists to enthusiastic beginners.  Scroll down for Upcoming Events.
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Upcoming Events and Workshops

Salt Spring Island Potters Guild
Annual February Workshop with
Adam Field 

February 18 & 19, 2017
10am to 4pm
ArtSpring ~ Main Gallery
100 Jackson Ave,  Salt Spring Island
Fee: $100.00 per participant 

Registration is open to members and non-members NOW and the workshop is rapidly filling up. Don't be disappointed - Register early!


Adam practices full time in his studio in Helena, Montana. He will be demonstrating throwing and Korean Pottery making techniques.

'In this two-day workshop Adam Field will demonstrate his methods for carving intricate pattern on a variety of wheel-thrown porcelain forms.  He will also demonstrate traditional Korean Onggi coil and paddle pottery techniques. From ancient Korean techniques, to innovative solutions for timeless problems, participants will develop a new perspective on creating and decorating functional pottery.  Participants will learn new skills for mapping out and carving geometric patterns in clay.  Generous discussions about studio practice, aesthetics, materials, ceramic history, and promotion and marketing strategies for the studio potter are certain to encourage individual discovery, growth, and development of fresh ideas.  Participants will gain the skills and confidence to create and decorate work in their own voice.'

To Register send cheque to Beth Feller with your contact information to:
Beth Feller
695 Mansell Road
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1R5




Sonja Barnard ~ Harvest Offerings Show

Harvest Offerings:
Salt Spring Island Potters Guild
Membership Show

October 6 – 18 - 11 am – 5 pm
Free admission - Open to public
Salt Spring Gallery
135 McPhillips Ave,  Salt Spring Island

A collection of work from our membership for viewing and sale -in celebration of SSICA

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SSICA Established Artist First Prize
Sandy Harquail, Nanamio "Spring Basket"


Salt Spring Ceramic Awards Gala 

October 16, 2016 1-3 pm
Mahon Hall - Open to the Public

Find out who won the People's Choice Award, First Prize in Emerging and Professional Artist and who received an Honorable Mention.  Pick up the work  you purchased or buy a piece in the last hour of the show!


Engaging Pots -Master Workshop with Bruce Cochrane

October 14 and 15, 2016  Mahon Hall  10 - 4pm
Cost:  $150+GST  |  Early Bird Price $125+GST 
This two-day demonstration workshop is an intensive session where Bruce shall demonstrate throwing/trimming, throwing and altering, handles, lids, surface techniques and press molding with thrown elements. Dialogue is encouraged throughout the process. A visual history of Bruce’s work and influences will be presented to support and contextualize the objects that are made in the workshop.

Experience with ceramics arts is helpful, although not necessary.


Bruce Cochrane Workshop


Panel: The Power of Clay and the Creative Process

Saturday, October 15, 2016, Mahon Hall  7pm
Free Admission
Panelists: Bruce Cochrane (Potter and Teacher), Laura Carey (B.C. Gallery of Ceramics), David Lloyd (Potter and Teacher), and Moderator:  Julie MacKinnon

Discussion points: The tactile nature of clay as a material challenges us artistically, emotionally and intellectually as makers and collectors. The processes employed in working with clay can contribute to the meaning of the work and share our experience of making: do we have an obligation to teach good craftsmanship? What is the value of using handmade objects in our daily life?


Joy of Texture: Creating a Hand-Built Mug

October 7, 2016  Mahon Hall 12 - 3 pm
Cost: $55
Children’s Workshop with Instructor LeeAnn Norgard for Ages 7 – 10 yrs. old (10 students max)Children’s Workshop with Instructor LeeAnn Norgard for Ages 7 – 10 yrs. old (10 students max) This workshop is centered around the process of playing with clay, and exploration. In this workshop, students will be given a large, rolled slab of clay and various texture tools with which to explore.  Emphasis will be given to the process, and to the joy of creating. With some basic building and joining skills, the students will piece together their creations into a functional mug. Students will select the glaze of their choice, and the pottery will be fired and ready in 2 weeks for them to pick up.
 Annual Fall Fair

September 17 & 18, 2016
Farmers Institute Fair Ground, Salt Spring Island
Pottery display, demonstrations and the always joyful and fun Children's Table will be happening again this year!

Fall Fair

SSI Library Display

The Month of August 2016
Salt Spring  Island Public Library
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Congratulations to our 

 SSICA Awards Artists


Salt Spring Island E. J. Feller
Denys James
Margo Zak
Sue McKenzie
Tracy Harrison 
Anne Byrne
Joan Werner
Claire Olivier
Kathleen Raven
Pat Webber
Wendy Squirrell
LeeAnn Norgard
Nanaimo Sandy Harquail
Denman Island Dante Ambriel
Tashi Draper
Victoria Faro Annie Sullivan
Sarah Leckie
Beth McMillin
Samantha Dickie
Ladysmith Mary Fox
Port Alberni Meaghan Carrierre
Duncan Franziska Ditter
Anthony Mochizuki
Susan Whitham
Cathi Jefferson
Union Bay Jeanne MacGrotty
Fanny Bay Gillian Turner
Alan Burgess
Brentwood Bay Monika Burrell
Campbell River Emma Heitzmann
Sooke Glenys Marshall-Inman
Vincent Fe
Galiano Island Kasumi Lampitoc
Sandra Dolph
Comox Meg Burgess
Courtenay Maeva Collins
Gabriola Island Joy Olsen
Quadra Island Martha James

Salt Spring Island Chamber of Commerce