Bonnie Anderson, well known artist and owner of Potters Addict Ceramic Art Centre, studied at the University of Calgary where she triple majored in painting, printmaking and ceramics. Before coming to Kelowna, Bonnie worked as a ceramic arts instructor for the City of Calgary from 1986-1990. In 1990, the lure of the Okanagan brought Bonnie to Kelowna with a dream and a goal of establishing a Ceramic Arts Centre. Since then Bonnie has been teaching pottery to children, youths, adults and seniors in her studio Potters Addict.
Bonnie’s love of clay is most vividly shown in her hand-built clay creations which are finished in the ancient method of Raku. All of Bonnie’s clay works, sculpture and paintings are manufactured and sold in her studio/gallery at Potters Addict.
As an artist, Bonnie has a thorough knowledge of Raku and smoke firing techniques. Paint media, such as watercolour, oil, gouache and acrylic painting techniques along with woodblock, intaglio, silkscreen, lithography, and photography all showcase Bonnie’s amazing talents. Bonnie’s clay works and paintings are collected all over the world.
I try to stay away form the “Traditional Styles” of ceramics, and enjoy creating funky Raku products. Picasso and Matisse have been a great source of inspiration for me and are reflected in much of my clay work. Women are the main themes of most of my work and women with a good sense of humor are those who appreciate and purchase it.
When I moved to the Rotary Centre for the Arts in 2002 I began to have an incredible yearning to pick up a paint brush and paint again. What else could I expect being surrounded by all kinds of painter personalities and their varied mediums?
I am currently working on a series of landscapes using negative painting techniques on black canvas. (This is my black or dark period) But I must add this is one of the more enjoyable periods of my life and is not actually dark or black at all. I am also using negative glazing techniques on my latest line of porcelain ware which has motivated me to continue throwing again. It’s great having more than one medium to occupy the mind and body for when one is at a low period in one medium another medium can be inspiring and uplifting. Going back and fourth can be a challenge but most of the time it’s just plain fun. I just wish there were more hours in the day for me to play.
Okanagan Potter’s Association, Director and active member
Kelowna Clay Festival Director and Volunteer co-ordinator
Kelowna Visual and Performing Art Centre Society.
Livessence, Society for figurative artists
The Kelowna Watercolour Guild, Active member.
Federation of Canadian Artists, Active member
Arts Council of the Central Okanagan Painters Studio Active Member Summerland Arts Council