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Saskatoon pottery celebrations


40th Anniversary of Clay Studio Three in Saskatoon, Canada


An exhibition is currently running up to the 11th of July, 2015 which features the work of past and present Clay Studio Three artist’s work. Included are current Clay Studio Three members : Thelma Howard, Lorraine Sutter, Elaine Friesen, Eli Fernandez, Shirley Carriere, Nancy Grummett, Tina Morton, Ron and Rusty Kurenda, Paula Cooley, Judy Tryon, Martin Tagseth, Connie Brewer, and Gail Sherwin who will all have current works on display.

Location: Affinity Gallery
Saskatchewan Craft Council Bldg.
813 Broadway Avenue,
Saskatoon – Saskatchewan, Canada



Clay Studio Three Exterior - Broadway Saskatoon

Clay Studio Three – Saskatoon, Canada

Since 1975 Clay Studio Three has been an active collective of Saskatchewan ceramic artists. It began as a working studio for three local potters. Driven forward by Olive Kalapaca, Joan Ashenhurst and Marlene Zora, the group welcomed new members. Over the years it has brought a lot of Saskatoon and potters from surrounding areas into the public eye. They are also dedicated to the community where many of the potters contribute pieces to charity auctions which range from ones which support good food programs to ones which raise money for refugees newly arrived in Saskatchewan.

There are currently 15 potters who contribute their works to the collection. The store is managed, staffed and stocked by local potters. At Clay Studio Three you will find both functional and decorative items varying from dinner wares to the metallic coloured raku pieces and the mysteries of pit-fired vessels.

Clay Studio Three link


Examples of pottery from the CS3 artists :



Eli Fernandez





Judy Tryon




Lorraine Stutter



Clay-Studio-Three---Eli-Fernandez raku vessel

Raku vessel – Eli Fernandez




Clay Studio Three -Lorraine Strutter

Lorraine Strutter


Lorraine Strutter’s history with clay started in 1975 after attending a local hand building class in Esterhazy, SK. A move to Saskatoon in 1981 brought her in contact with the Saskatoon Potters Guild, where she taught classes for many years. Holding a Ceramics Diploma from SIAST Woodland Campus, Prince Albert, she is also a member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council and Sask Terra. A member of Clay Studio Three Pottery Shop since 1985, Lorraine has helped bring the shop to its present status as the premier pottery shop in Saskatoon. Lorraine likes to alternate between hand building, throwing and combinations of the two. Her production work is medium fired, but she uses the lower firing range for the slip resist and horse hair pieces. Workshops, seminars and membership in many pottery organizations have provided her with the enjoyable opportunity to experience gas, wood, and salt firings.



Saskatoon potters celebrate 40 years-Paula Cooley 2014

Contemporary ceramic plates, bowl and tumbler – Paula Cooley






Lidded vessel – Nancy Grummett




Clay Studio Three - Paula-Cooley large dish with red apple motif

Paula Cooley




Black and cream lidded vessel with tree motifs - Paul Cooley

Paula Cooley





Clay Studio Three pottery shop



Clay-Studio-Three-Thelma Howard crystalline glaze vase

Thelma Howard  – vase




Elaine Friesen-‘Winter Garden’-2015-Cone-6 oxidation

Elaine Friesen – ‘Winter Garden’

2015 – Cone 6  oxidation




Eleanor Fernandez-‘Vase’-2014 - rusty brown and green glaze

Eleanor Fernandez




Eleanor-Fernandez-2015 dining set - red and cream color

Eleanor Fernandez




 Paula Cooley (Saskatoon) 'Glint', 2015; Stoneware, slip, found metal, epoxy; handbuilt, salt fired to cone 10;

Paula Cooley  ‘Glint’


Stoneware, slip, found metal, epoxy; handbuilt, salt fired to cone 10





Judy Tryon ‘Loops’


Slab built and wheel thrown stoneware, glazes, slips. Fired to cone 10 reduction




Saskatoon potters celebrate40years Outdoor raku firing

Saskatoon potters making raku pottery




Judy Tryon-2015 green plate with brown rim

Judy Tryon


A native of Ontario, Judy Tryon began her pottery career in Saskatoon, taking recreational classes in the early 1970’s. By the end of that decade, having taken continuing education, she was teaching pottery classes for the City of Saskatoon. In 1994, she opened her own teaching studio, JT Pottery. Judy also conducts workshops throughout the province and in schools. Since 1984, Judy has produced several lines of hand built and wheel thrown functional ware, as well as “one of kind” work, including raku, salt, and smoke fired pottery. Her work is marketed through galleries, retail outlets, and craft shows. She has recently begun creating architectural ceramics commissioned for homes and businesses. Active in the Saskatchewan Craft Council and Sask Terra, Judy has exhibited nationally and internationally. She is the recipient of several awards and her work can be seen in ‘The Ceramic Spectrum 2nd Edition” by Robin Hopper and in “500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of Timeless Design” by Kathy Triplett.




Martin-Tagseth raku tumblers

Martin Tagseth

Martin Tagseth is an internationally renowned potter who fires primarily with wood. He has built a number of kilns throughout Canada and the US. He has taught ceramics in universities in China, Canada, and the USA.




Paula-Cooley ceramic mugs

Paula Cooley

Paula Cooley is a full time clay artist, working and living with her husband and three children, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She completed her diploma in Ceramics from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, Woodland Campus, Prince Albert, in 1999  and is currently pursuing her B.F.A at the University of Saskatchewan. Paula sells her work through several retail outlets in Saskatoon and Regina and at juried craft markets such as Bazaart, SunDog Craft Faire, and Wintergreen. She is currently working on an artist in residence program at The Banff Centre.



Ron-and-Rusty-Karenda raku vessel

Ron and Rusty Karenda raku bottle

Inspired by the exquisite pottery they saw while on a 6 month European holiday, Rusty Kurenda went on to take throwing classes during the winter of 1972 and attended the Summer School of the Arts, Ft. San in summer of 1973. She opened Prairie Pottery in January of 1974, and Ron joined her within a few months and he began to learn the pottery arts. The Kurenda’s operated their shop in downtown Saskatoon for 35 years where they represented about 50 pottery artists. Now semi­ retired, Ron & Rusty are proud to be part of the Clay Studio Three artists’ co­operative. Over the past several decades they have attended workshops and seminars by many internationally known artists including Joe Fafard, Carlton Ball, Daniel Rhodes, Robin Hopper, Sue Hopper, Bill Shinn, John Chalke, and others. Together, the Kurenda’s take pride in creating lovely functional pieces which are a joy to own, a pleasure to use and a tasteful gift to give others.




Nancy Grummett-‘My Old Blanket’-2015

Nancy Grummett – ‘My Old Blanket’


Nancy Grummett grew up in Saskatoon. Formerly a professional photographer, she started to study pottery in 1995. She studied with Judy Tryon for a number of years. It began at first as a hobby, while she was taking other classes at the University of Saskatchewan. She used it as a stress relief, but it soon became a serious vocation. A functional artist arose as the creative aspects of her life reasserted themselves in clay, fabric and paint. In 1998 she became a full time potter. In 2000 she was invited to join Clay Studio Three, where a further interest in functional ware developed. She continues to develop her creative talents in her use of other media as well. The work she does in other media is donated to charity art auctions to benefit various organizations in and around Saskatoon.




 Connie-Brewer-‘Red-Dish’-2015 Width-12-inches

‘Red Dish’ – Connie Brewer

2015  – Width 12 inches




Saskatoon potters celebrate 40years1A-Elaine-Friesen-‘Salt-&-Pepper’-2015-Cone-6-oxidation

Elaine Friesen ‘Salt & Pepper’

2015 – Cone 6 oxidation




Saskatoon potters celebrate 40years - Gail Sherwin ‘Raku Lidded Vessel’ 2013 Height 8 inches Width 5 inchesWheel thrown stoneware, clear Raku glaze, Raku fired

 Gail Sherwin ‘Raku Lidded Vessel’


Height 8 inches Width 5 inches

Wheel thrown stoneware, clear Raku glaze, Raku fired

Gail Sherwin started potting in 2000 with the Saskatoon Potters guild. She continued taking classes from Judy Tryon for a number of years. Gail, a retired RN, is a member of the Saskatoon Potters Guild. She is very much an outdoors person who is very fond of not only pottery, but gardening and golf as well.





  Matina Morton ‘Prairie Flask’


Height 10 inches Width 6 inches-Stoneware wood fired

Tina Morton was born and raised in Saskatoon. She spent her summers growing up at Waskesiu Lake where her love of the outdoors flourished. As a young person Tina spent time working in different media; stained glass, willow basket weaving, bent willow furniture making, and she took her first pottery classes at age16. She started taking pottery classes at the Saskatoon Potter’s guild in 2008. Her pieces are diverse, as she does both throwing and hand building. She is a working member of the Saskatoon Potters guild. Her work is influenced by her love of the outdoors and her willingness to experiment with the media. She has taken many workshops where she has learned the different aspects of pottery. She became a member of Clay Studio Three Pottery shop in 2011.



Saskatoonpotterscelebrate40years Betty Gibbon ‘Albus’ 2002Height 20 inches Width 12 inches

Betty Gibbon ‘Albus’


Height 20 inches Width 12 inches




Eli-Fernandez cera,mic boxes with leaf motifs and bird handles

Eli Fernandez

Eli Fernandez took her first beginner pottery class in 2000. Since then she has attended more classes and workshops in her pursuit of learning about the art and craft of clay. She’s happiest when she’s making functional’ pots. She continues to explore the concept of’ functional pottery’ that also incorporates excellence in quality and esthetics. She’s a juried member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council, a working member of the Saskatoon Potters Guild.




Cathy Mumford    ‘Japanese Sunrise’


Height 6 inches diameter 15 inches




Saskatoon potters celebrate 40years-Conni Brewer ‘La Senorita’ 2015 Height 17 inches Width 12 inch

Conni Brewer ‘La Senorita’


Height 17 inches Width 12 inch





Saskatoon potters celebrate 40years Doug Cheney ‘Sienna Azuro’ 2015 Medium fire stoneware oxides and glaze

Doug Cheney ‘Sienna Azuro’


Medium fire stoneware oxides and glaze





Saskatoon potters celebrate 40years-Georgia Horsley ‘A Few Minor Adjustments’ 2009 Height 15 inches diameter 8 inches

Georgia Horsley ‘A Few Minor Adjustments’

2009 – Height 15 inches diameter 8 inches




Saskatoon potters celebrate 40years Ilsa Skarsgard - Sprayed glazes, wax resist. Oxidation cone 10.Height 4 inches diameter 12 inches

 Ilsa Skarsgard sgraffito dish

Sprayed glazes, wax resist. Oxidation cone 10.

Height 4 inches diameter 12 inches



Nancy-Grummett-‘Woman-Broken’-2015 ceramic panel

Nancy Grummett  – ‘Woman Broken’




Joan Ashenhurst bowl ‘Over the Edge’ 2013 Height 4 inches x 32 inches in diameter Stoneware, oxides under clear glaze

Joan Ashenhurst bowl  – ‘Over the Edge’


Height 4 inches x 32 inches in diameter Stoneware, oxides under clear glaze





Saskatoon potters celebrate 40years-Lorraine Sutter ‘Napkin Anyone’ 2015Height 10 inches Width 6 inches

Lorraine Sutter ‘Napkin Anyone’


Height 10 inches Width 6 inches




Saskatoon Lorraine-Sutter-‘Jar’-2015 Height-10-inchesWidth-7-inches

Lorraine Sutter ‘Jar’


Height 10 inches Width 7 inches





Thelma Howard – ‘Shades of Nature’


Height 6 inches Hand built extended pinched porcelain, copper sulfate, borax Fired in barbecue with sawdust


Thelma Howard has had a long and happy relationship with clay. She is well known for her hand built forms that seem to call out to be picked up and touched. A pottery class in 1959 started Thelma’s journey in clay. She pursued a career in adult education, and upon retirement began taking classes in the SIAST Ceramics Program. A respected member of the Saskatoon Potters Guild, she takes her inspiration from nature. The harmony of pottery and nature is reflected her Raku and primitive pieces.An adventurer at heart she can just as easily be found paddling on a remote river as pulling pots from a red hot Raku kiln.




Matina Morton ‘Beachcomber’ 2013 Height 11 inches Width 15 inches

Matina Morton   ‘Beachcomber’


Height 11 inches Width 15 inches




Saskatoonpotterscelebrate40years- Paula Cooley ‘Tipple Tray’ 2015-Wheel Thrown Porcelain, cone 10 reduction Handbuilt tray cone 6 reduction

 Paula Cooley –  ‘Tipple Tray’


Wheel Thrown Porcelain, cone 10 reduction Handbuilt tray cone 6 reduction




Saskatoon potters celebrate 40years-Shirley Carriere ‘Finagled Stack’ 2014Height 10 inches Width 6 inches

Shirley Carriere  –  ‘Finagled Stack’


Height 10 inches Width 6 inches


Shirley Carriere joined Clay Studio Three Pottery Shop in the fall of 2005. She brought with her a wealth of experience working with the general public and compassion from her years as a nurse. Her experiences in pottery started in 2000 with classes at the Saskatoon Potters Guild where her appreciation for the art took hold. She has been on the board of the Guild and spent many hours helping to further the understanding and appreciation of pottery in others. Shirley has an attention to detail brought about by her everyday work, as well as her other handwork. She is also an accomplished fabric artist.



Tina-Morton lidded ceramic vessel horse hair decoration

Tina Morton lidded ceramic vessel





Paula Cooley




Mocha Diffusion Storage Jar Ron and Rusty Karenda

‘Mocha Diffusion Storage Jar’  –  Ron and Rusty Karenda




Deep blue ceramic mugs-and-tumbler---Paula-Cooley

Paula Cooley – tumbler and mugs