Cubitt featured artist at Potters Place

Anne Cubitt is working with crystalline glazes and altered forms.

She is featured at the Potters Place through December with new work inspired by canyon rock formations where she recently hiked.

"I wanted to make pots that reflected the fluidity of both clay and ancient rock forms … a cliff series."

Crystalline glazing is something Anne has done for a long time. Crystals are created within the glaze by holding the kiln temperature high for hours after the firing is complete; silica and zinc in the glaze then combine to form crystals in fan and circle patterns.

Invisible crystals inhabit many if not most glazes. The macro-crystalline glazes, or simply, crystalline glazes, have crystals that grow large enough to see.

Crystals are created when the glaze is fluid and molten long enough that specific molecules can  arrange themselves in structured strings or crystals.

Generally speaking, crystals develop as needle-like shapes at about 2084F (1140C) and group together in shapes which are altered by time and temperature.

Fully rounded, they give a distinctly flower-like effect.

Anne describes them  this way: "These crystals are found in nature as willemite. The firing process in effect mimics the pressure and heat that formed crystals in nature and their development is predictably unpredictable.

"They can be changed by adding minerals like cobalt, copper,and nickel to affect both background and crystal colours. Normally you use simple, classical forms to showcase the crystals. Here, I've added altered pots influenced by the sculpted shapes of rock eroded by wind and water."

Anne Cubitt will exhibit work at the Potters Place throughout December. She'll be in the store Dec. 7 and 9.

The Potter's Place is at 180B Fifth St. on the corner of Fifth and Cliffe in the Potters Courtyard in downtown Courtenay. It's open Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is available at the Rear of the building along the fence.

Fort more information, call 250-334-4613, go to www.thepottersplace.ca and like The Potters Place Gallery and Shop on Facebook.

— Potters Place

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