Gillian McMillan

Gillian McMillan

Medium: Ceramics
Location: Port Moody, BC
Member Since: 2003

Gillian McMillan began making ceramics while at college in England, and later continued her studies at Douglas College (now Kwantlen) and the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, graduating with a degree in ceramics in 1994.

She has taught wheel-throwing at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and also helped to establish the Port Moody Arts Centre in 1996, serving as artist-in-residence in the Clay Department there for three years.

Currently Gillian works from her home studio in Port Moody, focusing her efforts on wheel-thrown earthenware, painted with brightly coloured slips and finished with a clear, durable, food-safe glaze. Recently, she has also delved into the world of salt glazes. These stoneware pieces have a characteristic orange peel surface.

Her signature “jugbirds” can be found in galleries on Granville Island, at the Vancouver International Airport and in collections around the world.

ARTIST STATEMENT
“In recent years I have become obsessed with birds and how the shape lends itself to functional clay forms, mainly jugs. Recently, jugbirds have taken over my studio. I enjoy throwing and assembling the lovely red terra cotta clay and painting with brightly

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