Al has been making functional pottery and raku for the past 20 yrs. He loves rich vibrant colours and bold flowing forms and strives to make each piece function well for its intended purpose whilst being visually pleasing. The large teapot on the right has been glazed in burnt teal.
Al makes a wide variety of functional pottery from teapots to cream and sugars, mugs, butter dishes, trays, casserole dishes, bowls of all sizes, spoon rests, tea bag holders, pate dishes and pickle boats. All are microwave, dishwasher and oven safe with reasonable use. He takes care to make sure that all his glazes on functional pieces are food safe.
The majority of his pottery is wheel thrown. Some items are draped and some details are extruded. He takes great care to make sure that items are light, smooth and attractive. Shown is a rope edge tray in sky blue.
His work can be found in Artisans' Store, downtown Nanaimo, Chemainus Theatre Gallery, downtown Chemainus, Comox Valley Art Gallery, downtown Courtenay, Imagine That, downtown Duncan, The Mud Room, Cowichan Bay, The Old School House Arts Centre, Qualicum, The Country Gift Shoppe, Matticks Farm, Victoria and of course, at his studio in Nanoose Bay.
Al's studio is now in Nanoose Bay, 10 mins drive north of Nanaimo, close to the Red Gap shopping centre. Turn off Highway 19 at North West Bay Road (Petro Station on corner), follow North West Bay Rd to Powder Pt Rd, turn right, we are 300 metres from corner (if you drive over another railroad track and past a church you have gone too far) look for Knut Pottery Plus sign on the right. There is lots of parking at rear of studio/showroom - we have level entry. We are open 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday to Saturday or phone 250-468-7633 . This year we will again be part of the Nanoose Bay Studio Tour May Showcase, Thanksgiving Tour and the Christmas Crawl. We are #6 on the list of studios to tour.
Three legged teapot shown is in a burnt teal glaze.