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Made of Clay: Ceramics of British Columbia

by Carol E. Mayer

Historically, the First Nations in British Columbia didn’t explore clay as a material (aside from using baked clay to remove grease from wool during the weaving process). As such, pottery in B.C. belongs largely to immigrants and their descendants, whose lives were and are constantly inspired by the melding of diverse cultures and landscapes. Made of Clay: Ceramics of British Columbia with text by Carol E. Mayer, curator of ceramics at the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology, is a coffee- table catalogue of the pieces produced by the Potters Guild of B.C., ranging from the ubiquitous studio pots and pitchers (above) to less conventional pieces such as a Picasso-inspired wall hanging of a naked lady.