#MarketMonday – pottery by dave and family

Welcome to the #MarketMonday feature. Each week we will feature a different vendor, either a farmer, food merchant, food truck operator, or craft person.


Meet Dave from pottery by dave and family:

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I’ve been quietly making pots on and off since 1975. i live in Abbotsford with my wife Val, daughter Aisa, and our 2 cats. during the last 20+ years we’ve concentrated on raising our 2 daughters, Alexa and Aisa. now that they are older, i’m able to get back into the pottery studio.

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All pieces are made by hand in our workshop here in the Fraser Valley, on the west coast of Canada.

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My work is largely thrown on the wheel, then carved, stamped, or altered. variety and experimentation are important to me, so I make pieces in a variety of styles:

•rustic: rough textural surfaces that are meant to be touched.

•retro: clay & glazes that evoke a “retro” look, speckled glazes that hearken back to the 70’s & 80’s.

•carved: carving through slips to reveal the clay beneath.

•salt-fired: fired in a different kiln & salt is thrown in at the end of the firing, giving some varied and interesting results

•wood-fired: kiln is fired with wood which gives unique colours to the finished surface

•brushwork: i’m working on a new series that involves brushwork.

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All the work is dishwasher and microwave safe. glazes are made from scratch by hand, & they are lead free and food safe. my work is fired in a small gas kiln built on my old friend Herman Venema’s rural farm property. a salt/soda kiln there is used once in a while for salt firings, and occasionally I have access to a friends wood kiln.

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Dave: dad, husband & potter.

Family comes first to me, and to reflect that, we’ve named the workshop “pottery by Dave & family”.

Where you can purchase Dave and family pottery 2015:

Nat Bailey – winter market: (Saturdays: 10-2) Dec 5, 12

White Rock – indoor market: (Sundays: 10-2) ) November 8, 15, 22; December 6, 13

2016 Farmers Markets:

We mostly sell at various farmers markets in the lower mainland.

We’ll be doing the following farmers markets in 2016.

Nat Bailey – winter market: (Saturdays: 10-2) april 2 and 23.

Squamish: (Saturdays: 10-2)

White Rock (Sundays: 10-2)

Abbotsford: (Saturdays: 9-1)

Kitsilano: (Sundays: 10-2)

Ladner: (Sundays: 10-4)

Yaletown: (Thursdays: 2-6)

Trout Lake:  (Saturdays: 9-2)

West End: (Saturdays: 9-1)

Home Show: 2016: Sunday, Nov 27th: 11-4




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Hastings Park Farmers Market

Every Sunday, 10am – 2pm, from November 8, 2015 – May 1, 2016 (closed Dec 27)
Nat Bailey Farmers Market
Every Saturday, 10 – 2
from Nov 7, 2015 to April 23, 2016
(except Dec 26)

2 thoughts on “#MarketMonday – pottery by dave and family”

  1. I bought 4 of your pots, lastly in July 2016 and sadly I have broken one of them. Where will you be selling them this year, I.e. Markets etc. as i need at least one other one? They have survived a lot of use and abuse!



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