33rd Annual Denman Island Pottery Studio Tour

May 21 10:00am - May 22 5:00pm

FREE
10 pottery studios on Denman Island.

33rd Annual Denman Island Pottery Studio Tour

1 island. 2 days. 10 studios.

Part road trip, part art show, part treasure hunt.

The 33rd Annual Denman Island Pottery Studio Tour on the Victoria Day long weekend is a FREE, self-guided adventure for pottery lovers.

Saturday & Sunday, May 21 & 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

One of BC’s only pottery-specific studio tours, the Denman Island Pottery Studio Tour has been an annual event since 1987. (Except for the past two years!)

The free, self-guided tour gets you:

  • behind the scenes where the art happens,
  • the opportunity to meet the artists and learn about their techniques and processes,
  • and a chance to explore the idyllic countryside, forests and shores of Denman Island.

What’s a pottery studio tour?

It’s a once-a-year-only opportunity.  The artists prepare for the pottery tour months in advance. Often their latest work is being unveiled for the tour on the May long weekend.

While some of the studios on the tour are open year-round, some are seasonal, and some are by appointment only; while some artists’ work is only available at art fairs. This is the best time of year to ensure you get into several studios

Which pottery studios are on the tour?

The tour includes several senior master potters who have been part of the tour since its inception, three potters who are new to the tour, one potter brand new to Denman Island, and it is the final show for one 20-year tour potter.

This year, you can view the work of 12 diverse potters at ten Denman Island studios (three locations have two potters each!)

  1. Hanne Christensen Pottery
  2. Tom Dennis Pottery
  3. Gilded Petunia Pottery, also featuring Patty Osborne Pottery
  4. Gordon Hutchens Pottery
  5. Kim Taylor Co
  6. Le Baron Studio (adjacent to Vasilia Clayworks)
  7. Lilac Sun Pottery
  8. Raucous Raven Pottery (featuring the work of Barb and John Mills)
  9. Sandra Shaffer Pottery
  10. Vasilia Clayworks (adjacent to LeBaron Studio)

These artists’ work ranges from simple, functional pots, to fantasy sculpture, to museum-quality pieces, and of course, handmade mugs to suit every taste.

Preview the studios and the pottery at denmanislandpotterystudiotour.com and download the tour map. 

How does it work?

Plan carefully and it’s possible to see all 10 studios – if you spend half an hour at each and allow about 15 minutes travel time in between.

  1. Preview the studios at denmanislandpotterystudiotour.com
  2. Get the free Denman Island Pottery Studio Tour map, either online, at the ferry booth in Buckley Bay or at Abraxas, the Denman Craft Shop or the Denman General Store in downtown Denman Island.
  3. Choose your route.
  4. Plan your trip – allow extra time for busy ferries and travel between the studios.* You’ll need a car or a bicycle to take in the 51 square kilometres of rural beauty as you travel cliffside roads above the coast and through towering trees to discover art in its natural environment. Some studios are perched on hilltops with ocean views, others are tucked down long, gravel, woodland lanes.
    ** If you’re on foot, there are 2 studios and the Denman Craft Shop within walking distance of the Denman West ferry terminal.
  5. Enjoy beautiful pottery, meet friendly artists, and take in the peaceful Denman Island pace and scenery.

Other tips

  1. Bring some cash. Not all potters have debit.
  2. Accommodations are limited, book in advance if you’d like to tour for two days!
  3. Check hours at local businesses, they are on island time.
  4. Please be mindful of speed limits and patient with tractors and slower drivers.