Local Artisans Turn Cowichan Valley, BC Into a Collector’s Haven

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If you get the chance to visit  Cowichan Valley, BC, there are actually some of the best and the top local artisans there, ready to blow your mind with their various works of art.Some of the famous ones include Mary Fox Pottery, Jo Ludwig and Ken Broadland. These three have certainly taken their craft into a whole new level.

Whether you are looking for an eye catching addition for your home or for your personal collection, feast your eyes on the masterpieces that take up different forms – from ceramics, wood and glass.It’s no wonder Cowichan Valley is slowly carving its name as the ultimate collector’s haven in Vancouver Island, BC.

Mary Fox Pottery

One exciting way to enjoy your life is through contemplating works of art. Mary Fox, a popular local ceramic artist, offers you beautiful vessels for you to appreciate and perhaps flaunt as stunning centerpieces in your home.

Mary Fox, at a very young age of 13, had already ventured into creating  magnificent ceramic pieces.She has focused on making beautiful forms that depict mostly subtle methods and simple lines, these wonderful art pieces are truly worth owning.

She mentions that she has yet to grow weary of any aspect of her works. Full of inspiration and energy, she loves going to her studio everyday making bowls, mugs, casseroles and jugs. She always bears in mind that the designs she makes have a variety of colours, designed to suit every buyer’s preference and whim.

Exhibiting regularly in the international and national markets and events, what is important for Mary Fox is that all her works were done with contemplation in mind. She finds great joy observing people view and appreciate her work.You can actually select either from her decorative or functional works of art.

Mary Fox Pottery — Ceramic Artist

Address: 321 3rd Avenue, Ladysmith, BC

Phone: 250-245-3778

Website: http://www.maryfoxpottery.com/

Business Hours: Tuesday-Saturday

Jo Ludwig

Another popular local artist is Jo Ludwig who came to Canada in 1977. He makes glass craft vessels. Jo completed a Heavy Duty Mechanic apprenticeship in 1983 and then enrolled in a Philosophy Honours program in 1986 at the University of Alberta. He then decided to pursue Philosophy of Art, as a postgraduate degree. Jo opened KilnArt Glass Studio with his wife Peggy Brackett when they moved to Victoria, BC in March 1997.

Jo Ludwig’s works on fine craft glass vessels and has been especially known from his work on Things of Beauty (TOBs). In addition, he also makes lighting fixtures and architectural glass panels. Lastly, he  works on larger vessels when he is not making TOBs, which are inspired mostly by Frank Lloyd Wright, and some Jugendstiel artists such as, Egon Schiele and Gustave Klimt, Piet Mondriaan and recently by Norval Morrisseau.

Jo Ludwig — Craft Glass Vessels

Address: 1588 Adelaide St., Crofton, BC

Phone: 250-246-3991

Website: www.kilnartglass.com

Studio visits welcome by appointment

Ken Broadland

A retired Conservation Officer, Ken enjoys turning salvaged wood into useful items. He has eighteen years of experience in lathe-turning, he has the ability to determine trees with character and strength, and picture the finished work within the log. Ken then forms the final designs through practical and simple methods, which allows nature’s  beauty to speak from the wood itself.

Heartwood Studios

Ken works on different types of trees, most from southern Vancouver Island, but mainly showcases Arbutus and Maple, since these trees are popular with customers because of their character. His specialty is not only  servers and salad bowls but he also produces hand-crafted and lathe-turned things such as kitchen utensils, lidded containers, cutting boards, artistic pieces and coasters. These magnificent creations are displayed in Ken’s post-and-beam studio located west of Duncan, right beside his log home.

Ken Broadland – Woodturner

5846 Curry Rd. (off Gibbins Rd.), Duncan, BC

Phone: 250.746.5480

Website: www.heartwoodstudio.ca

Open year round by appointment.

Republished under Creative Commons License from West Coast Aquatic Safaris, an acclaimed Bear Watching, Whale Watching, Hot Springs Cove Tour Co & Marine Charter Co in Tofino, BC on the famed west coast of Vancouver Island. Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.

Photo credit: Mary Fox Pottery and Heartwood Studios

Featured image credit: http://www.ladysmithcofc.com/members/mary-fox-pottery/

Publisher of Amazing Vancouver Island. Doug grew up in Kamloops and Vancouver. He is also the President of KIAI Angency, an Internet Marketing and Branding agency in Vancouver. He is an avid photographer and you can see his many pix of Vancouver Island on Flickr.

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