Location: Denman Island, BC
Member Since: 1977
Gordon Hutchens has been producing exceptional works of art and functional pottery for more than three decades.
His work is well-known for the depth and diversity of his glazes, as well as the strength and refinement of his forms. He formulates and blends all of his own clay bodies using many different types of clay from across North America and England, including iron-rich clay from his own property.
Geoff’s work has been featured in over 100 group and solo exhibitions across Canada, the US, Japan and Korea. His works and his articles on ceramics have been published in various ceramic-themed magazines and books.
"I'm attracted to variable glazes where subtle differences in the action of the flame can make a dramatic difference in the character of the glaze ~ where fire tells a story. I get excited by the power of heat, the way fire brings about the transformation, the metamorphosis of elements I've combined into something new. For me the most important thing is finding balance, not just physical balance, but the balance between control and spontaneity, traditional and contemporary, technique and inspiration.
Life on Denman Island gives me both the solitude and the rich aesthetic stimulation to be creative."