Potter’s life experiences help shape her creativity
Growing up all over the world can certainly give a person a different outlook on life.
This is the case for Kamloops potter Tammie Allante.
This half-Hawaiian potter has had an interesting childhood not only in her native Hawaii, but also in Bangkok, Hong Kong and California.
She now makes her home in Kamloops.
Allante’s ceramic pieces reflect her international background.
Tropical flowers along with sea turtles and whales adorn many of her vases and mugs in a type of tropical Hawaiian dance.
There are also hand-painted Asian horses galloping across the stoneware, as well as some Canadian-looking kitty cats resting on a set of mugs, complete with their paw prints.
Allante said she has always been interested in pottery but it really blossomed after she joined the Thompson Valley Potters Guild.
“It’s a challenge — what can I make next, what is the biggest size I can make, what is the next design I can make?” she said.
“It’s neverending because there is so much I can do. it’s so ancient and yet you can still modernize or play with it.”
Allante is one of the 22 guild members taking part in its Potters Guild show and sale on Nov. 5 at Desert Gardens Community Centre, 540 Seymour St.
There will be all kinds of different and interesting ceramics to experience, all made by local artisans.
The show and sale is free and many of the artisans will be on hand to speak to the public about their processes and techniques.
The show runs form 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
It includes a free draw for a $50 gift certificate.
For more information, go online to tvpg.ca.
Karla is director of the Karla Pearce Art Gallery. scheduled to open later this month. She is looking for
artists to show in the gallery and for story ideas.