BRANCHING OUT, Priska Stabel
Winter Creek Pottery, 178 Ross Durrance Road, Victoria
Open Tuesday to Saturday 12 to 6
phone (250) 652 5434
Pottery - functional ware with brush design. Ceramic sculptures.
Platter with kelp and fish, diameter 35cm
Bull kelp is one of the most abundant sea weeds at the west coast. The underwater 'forests' of the kelp are the environment where seals hunt for fish...
Priska Stabel is a potter, paper maker and nature photographer.
She left her academic career in plant molecular biology to follow her creative passions.
In 1992 she began with paper making and pottery first in England then Germany and moved to Canada in 1999.
In Victoria she has potted with Muriel Sibley since 2000.
Moving to Sooke in 2009 has brought her closer to hills and beaches and the richness of natural design.
Some of the images find their way onto her pottery.
Detail of "Emil's Desk" 22x18x20cm
Cup with long-horn beetle
One of these beetles was one day resting on a post at the studio. The antenna are up to 3 inches long.
Vase with cedar motif, height 15cm, 6"
Slip decoration with iron oxide coloured slip
When the pot is dried to leatherhard the slip is trailed onto the pot
The Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) is one of the dominant trees along the BC coast.
Water Strider bowl, 15 cm
Water Striders are amazing insects which are common on our lakes and rivers. They posess hydrophobic hair on their feet and move with great speed on the water's surface.