ABOUT the STONEWARE GALLERY and the STONEWARE STUDIO
778 Corydon Avenue is home to two pottery collectives in Winnipeg. One is the Stoneware Gallery which showcases and sells the work of its 15 members. The other is the Stoneware Studio with 5 members, which offers classes to the public. They operate independently of one another in a symbiotic relationship, and are two separate businesses.
The Stoneware Gallery, founded in 1978, is one of the longest existing pottery shops in Canada that is cooperatively managed by a group of artists. It currently has 15 members who are all ceramic artists from within Manitoba. Each are self employed, but jointly share in the operation and expenses of this store. Their pottery is among the best available in contemporary ceramics in Canada, offering a vast display of styles and techniques. Many have been potters for decades and have received national and international recognition. Their artwork ranges from tableware to one of a kind objects suitable for private, corporate or architectural settings.
Over the years the Stoneware Gallery has provided many ceramic artists with the security of an eager market for their work. The shared workload and costs associated with running the business, together with a loyal clientele of pottery collectors has allowed many to choose pottery as their career.
The artists may be contacted directly (see individual artists’ pages) or through the Gallery.
The Stoneware Studio, also founded in 1978, is operated in a studio space behind the gallery by 5 members, 3 of whom are also members of the gallery. The studio is used for classes and features a large gas kiln which is shared by the members, other potters, and its students. Eight classes are offered each week, accommodating around 80 students, teaching the art of using a potters wheel to make pottery, as well as the reduction firing. Over the years, hundreds of students have been educated in the joys of making pots through this studio. Many have gone on to be full time potters. To learn more go to http://stonewaregallery.com/studio-info/