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.
“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