Founded April 23, 1993, to assist the Potters Guild of BC, The NWCF subsequently developed to become an independent agency with the mandate to foster public education in and appreciation of the ceramic arts. Dr. Carol E. Mayer was our first president, joined by Tam Irving and Sally Michener, both professors of ceramics at The Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art and Design).
Though out our history, we have provided awards, scholarships and bursaries; supported publications; presented a public Speakers Series; supported a BC Ceramics Mark Registry, and generally worked to connect the many wonderful ceramic artists, supporters, and collectors throughout the province. These and other activities are detailed here on our website.
On November 2, 2023, we had a party to celebrate our success and thank our donors and supporters who have made our work possible. Held at the Mayer Studio at 1000 Parker St, the event featured marvellous food by fellow ceramic enthusiast and chef extraordinaire Nicole Guillemin of Noble Egg Catering. A silent auction of historical BC pots donated by the estate of Sally Michener and others, and a “By Donation” table of objects in use in Sally’s own home and kitchen generated enthusiasm and interest. Proceeds from the auction will go to a new initiative, the NWCF Sally Michener Emerging Artist Award.
All in all, the evening was a great deal of fun and a wonderful way to celebrate our spectacular ceramics community. Thank you one and all!!!
Thank you to Board member Gillian McMillan for her great photographs of the event!