Happy New Year.

Thank you to everyone of you who came to see me at the Make It Show at the PNE. And welcome to everyone of you who signed up for my newsletter. The winner of the platter has been drawn – by random number generator – and an email sent.

Many people really like my stories about learning pottery techniques in Mexico. I’ll be adding a new adventure shortly about my recent trip to the Isle of Wight in the UK. As well as some of my creative adventures with the Norse runes.

This picture is a concept I am working on. It’s a runes necklace. Great looking, and also a means to store runes easily for a reading or casual use. These are fired using the same techniques as Mata Ortiz pottery – in this case on the winter solstice.

But for my next adventure – you might know of someone who might want to join me! I will be teaching a class specifically for teenagers (13-19) at Kensington Community Centre (36th and Knight). The Centre has found some funding to subsidize the youth class and the pottery club is paying for materials, so it is extremely affordable. Only $35!!! There is a limit of only 8 youths for this go round. So register right away if you are interested.

Teen Pottery

Kensington Community Centre

Fridays 6pm – 8pm

January 18 – March 15

Here is a link to registration

https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/pottery/193233

I hope everyone is having delightful mid-winter celebrations… whatever it is that you celebrate. I enjoyed my solstice immensely!

Ilena Lee

It’s getting busy!

I am madly prepping for the upcoming Make It Sale at the PNE, December 13-16. As well as making work for the Wildewood Gallery in New West. You must check them out – I am a fan of every artist in there. Atira gallery in Strathcona also has a few of my pieces. My Etsy page is looking a little sad right now. I’ve got loads of work, but not taken the time to update my page. I’ll get on that soon.

Please consider buying local, and buying art – for the upcoming gift giving season. It’s the sort of gift that ripples out to many, and brings all of us a more beautiful and vibrant community. And who doesn’t want that?!

I was particularly thrilled a few weeks ago when a friend contacted me wanting a very special Christmas gift for their family – six drinking horns, each to have the recipient’s name spelled out in runes down the side. Runes are more than an alphabet, but also a window into a greater consciousness – and can be read similar to the tarot deck. Names are a powerful thing, and so is traditions like raising a pint with your loved ones on a special day! I am so honoured to be asked to create works of art for this family!

The idea that each member of the family will have such a very special and crafted piece of art was thrilling to me. It would bind the family together and be a shared joy. When one asks why we make such objects, I can’t help but think that the answer is ‘for moments like this’.

I am almost complete in my forming of the horns, which then need to be dried and then the surfaces finished with a sanding process.  The moisture in the clay itself has to be reduced, falling to just the right level, and then each one will be fired and glazed. By the time I finish, the family will have a truly unique gift that will bring joy for many years, and likely several generations.

So, as we near Christmas, and I get ready various pieces for sale, I thought I’d just mention that if you are looking for one or more of these very special horns please let me know as early as possible. I just might be able to do a few for a person locally. Because they are individually crafted I would ask you to give me as much notice as possible, as each one can take up to a month to complete.

Blessings to you and yours!

All the Best, and Go Make a Mess!
Ilena Lee