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Gillian McMillan

Born in England, Gillian McMillan trained as a teacher and taught before emigrating to Montreal and then Vancouver. She studied at Vancouver’s Huyghe School of Pottery and Douglas College (now Kwantlen U). She earned her BFA from Emily Carr College of Art & Design in 1994. She has taught at Place des Arts, the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and at Port Moody Arts Centre. She has served on the Board of the Potters’ Guild of BC and is a founding member of Fraser Valley Potters’ Guild and Tri-City Potters. In 2010, she was an artist-in-residence at Medalta in Medicine Hat. Her work has been published in Robin Hopper’s Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface, two Lark books, Contact Magazine, and elsewhere. Working mainly in red earthenware painted with brightly coloured slips, Gillian has held solo exhibitions at the Gallery of BC Ceramics and at Circle Craft, where she introduced her distinctive jugbirds. Her work can be found in Circle Craft Co-op on Granville Island; at Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery in London, Ontario; and at Primavera Gallery in Cambridge, England. Gillian joined the Board in 2021. For more of her work and to read her informative blog on clay-related events, see

Sea Salt, Lizards and Clay

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce the publishing of a new book on an important BC potter, with a foreword by our very own Debra Sloan.

Sea Salt, Lizards and Clay: My Ceramics from the Mediterranean to the Rockies
by Santo Mignosa, foreword by Debra Sloan
Granville Island Publishing, 2021
ISBN: 9781989467329(softcover). $25.95 CAD, $20.95 USD. Available via your local bookstore.

The autobiography Sea Salt, Lizards and Clay by the renowned Italian-Canadian ceramic artist Santo Mignosa covers the career of this rigorous technician and gifted modernist sculptor. Mignosa studied in Florence, Italy, and immigrated to Canada in 1957. In 1972, received his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred, New York. Mignosa brought formal art training from both Continental and American traditions in drawing, representational and abstract figurative art, ceramic murals, and large-scale ceramic sculpture to BC. His training in ceramics and wheel-throwing took place at the UBC Ceramic Hut in the late 1950s under his mentor Olea Davis, the founder of the Potters Guild of BC (1955). In the 1960s, he taught at the Kootenay School of Art alongside Zeljko Kujundzic and, later, Walter Dexter. During the 1970s and 80s, he taught ceramics at the University of Calgary. As the Canadian representative of the International Ceramics Academy (ICA), Mignosa assisted the ICA and the Alberta Potters Association, at that time under the presidency of Les Manning, to host the 1973 ICA International Exhibition in Calgary. In the 1990s, he returned to BC, where he continues to practice and teach. Over the span of his long career, his work and teaching have been recognized and awarded nationally and internationally. Mignosa has made a significant and fascinating contribution to ceramic culture in BC.