The Search for the Elusive...
...makes every piece unique
A result of the combined
of a fuel burning kiln, carbon trap glazes, a creative hand and a curious mind.
A tradition that reaches back thousands of years is alive in all its stages in the picturesque valley of the Frenchman River. Potter Stephen Girard, a native of the valley, wins his clay from the stratified deposits of 'white mud' which stand out in bold relief along the ancient hills above the river. Summer visitors may watch the process of refining the raw clay, of screening, blunging,and pugging, before the 'mud' is ready for the creative hands of Stephen. The studio is open all year to visitors*, who have the chance to see the clay thrown upon the wheel or shaped out of extruded slabs, into objects and vessels of use and beauty. Watch the techniques of bisquing, dipping, waxing, and glazing which comprise each part of the process which culminates with the high temperature stoneware firing in a gas-fired down draught kiln.
*Studio tours available by appointment
Hours of operation:
May- Sept - Monday-Saturday 9-6 - Sunday - closed
Oct - Dec - Tuesday-Saturday 10-6 - but plz call ahead
Jan- April - Hours vary, plz call ahead
The Studio and Gallery
505 Pottery Street Eastend, SK.