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