Functional work is made using red stoneware clay created through a multi-step process. Pieces are thrown on a potter's wheel or hand built, textured and stamped.
Coloured tera sigillata (fine particle clay slips) are applied to the surface, a black wash is applied to highlight the texture. The interior of the piece is glazed.
All functional wares are food , dishwasher and microwave safe.
All mugs are one of a kind, hand thrown and stamped. The surface is a combination of tera sigilatta slips, glazes and washes. The interior is glazed with a durable, food safe glaze. Mugs vary in size with sets of small, medium and large designs available.
Decanter set with four cups.
Medium Coffee Mug Turquoise and Natural Slips
Child's Bowl with Bamboo Spoon
Bowl is 1.5"H x 6" Diameter
Sugar and Creamer
Large sugar bowl and creamer/ milk jug.
Sugar bowl 5" H x 4" D approximately glazed interior.
Creamer/ Milk Jug 7" H x 4" D approximately.
Tea bowls can be used for tea, wine or sake. Various patterned tea bowls are available size 3" H x 2 " D. Aprox. Glazed interior
Price $28.00 Each
Sake Cups with Tray
Set of 4 Sake/Espresso Cups with matching tray. Sake cups are 2.5" H x 2" D on a 1" H x 10" D Tray. Outside Surface a combination of glaze and thin coloured slip.
Ice Cream Bowls
Hand built stoneware ice cream bowls with glazed interiors and stamped terra sigillata slip decoration highlighted by black stain wash. 4"H
Calm Series Soap or Lotion Pumps
This series of pumps has a neutral pallet that is at home in any room, bathroom, kitchen or bedroom. The matte slip surface and turquoise glaze dots provide an inviting texture to the pieces.
Stoneware Soap Pump with Stainless Steel Dispenser
Soap pumps are made on the wheel. Collar threading is completed while the piece is being made. Not glued on plastic pieces, the soap pump dispenser is threaded onto the clay and easily twisted on and off to fill.
Sculptural pieces are primarily designed using a very white, translucent porcelain clay or heavily grogged stoneware clay that will withstand the thermal shock of raku firing.
Pieces are hand formed using pinch methods and then heavily textured and stamped. Pieces are then either left raw or raku fired to maintain a raw surface texture.
The inspiration for these forms is the ocean life observed on the BC Coast and the forest fungus and mushrooms that grow around Whistler. The loose organic porcelain forms can be backlit in installation work to highlight surface patterns and shadows.
Hand pinched sea urchin installation, backlit with led lights. Installation was shown at 2016 World Ski and Snowboard Festival, State of the Art Exhibit.
Obvara Fired Sea Urchins
Hand pinched stoneware clay sea urchins and creatures on display at Mountain ObjectMakers Co-operative
Margaret Forbes, Ceramic Artist, established Mountain Path Pottery in 2014. The pottery is part of Mountain ObjectMakers Co-operative in Whistler, BC.
Margaret is currently spending her studio time exploring surface texture and form. She is drawn to both wheel and hand building techniques and enjoys working in series to create functional and sculptural ceramic objects. She takes her inspiration from the organic forms found while she is out exploring the natural environment of the Sea to Sky Corridor.
Margaret has been playing with clay for over twenty-five years. She is a co-founder and full time studio member of Mountain ObjectMakers Co-operative in Whistler, BC. A collaborative studio space for makers of three dimensional art. (www.mountainobjectmakers.com)
Margaret chairs the Sea to Sky Potters Guild and is a member of Arts Whistler, BC Potters Guild and the BC Crafts Council.
Images of the studio located in Function Junction at Mountain ObjectMakers Co-operative in beautiful Whistler, BC.
Exhibitions and Shows
September-November 2016 - Art Walk, Whistler, BC
November 2016 - Circle Craft Christmas Market, Vancouver
November 2016 -Whistler Christmas Market, Whistler, BC
March 2016 - Atmospheric Show at the Gallery of BC Ceramics, Granville Island, Vancouver
April 2016 - State of the ART at the World Ski and Snow Board Festival, Whistler, BC
Pieces on display at the BC Gallery of Ceramic's 2016 Atmospheric Show, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC.
Life Supports Close Up
Close up of the 2016 State of the ART installation in Whistler, BC.
Photo provided by Jennifer Johnson
April 8-16, 2017 - I will have an installation at State of the Art, in the Whistler Convention Centre for the World Ski and Snowboard Festival.
April 20-24, 2017 Make It! Vancouver Market at the PNE, I will be selling my spring line of wares.
All set up and ready for customers at Circle Craft!