\"This is truly a noble profession.\"
Gordon Hutchens's studio is nestled in 19 wooded acres in the secluded north end of Denman Island, British Columbia, a 5 minute drive from the ferry landing. For nearly 30 years Gordon has operated his extensive studio here while exhibiting across Canada, from Halifax, Montreal and Toronto to Vancouver & Victoria. He has had over 25 one-man shows and over 70 group exhibitions across Canada and the U.S., with 3 major exhibitions in Japan. Gordon has also taught courses and workshops for many colleges and potter\'s guilds. His works and articles have been published in various ceramics magazines and books. He is the author/host of 4 videos: Beginning Raku, Variations on Raku and two videos on Salt and Soda Firing.
Gordons work is shown in permanent collections including the Bronfman Family\'s \"Claridge Collection\" and the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Gordon first became intrigued with pottery at the age of 14 during a visit to Japan, watching potters at work and seeing the revered position of pottery in a culture.
Gordon received an honours degree in Fine Arts from the University of Illinois majoring in Ceramics (Clay and Glass Blowing). Three semesters of glaze & clay chemistry combined with working through school as the ceramics laboratory assistant gives him an unusually strong technical background.
Gordon\'s work is well known for the depth and diversity of his glazes and the strength and refinement of his forms.
He maintains a well stocked showroom at his studio with pieces in all price ranges, from functional ware to museum quality pieces. Gordon formulates and blends all his own clay bodies using many different clays from across North America, and bases his porcelain body on a high quality kaolin from England. Local materials are also utilized. Clay from his own property is high in iron and is used in earthenware bodies and in oil spot glazes and metallic luster glazes. Seaweed from the beach is used in salt/sagger firings. Local wood ash is another major glaze ingredient.
Read Gordon\'s Blog at http://www.sidestreetstudio.com/blog/pottery/as-potters-we-help-the-earth-to-recreate-itself-in-beautiful-ways/