..... pottery for the home
Now showing at Artique Artist Co-op Gallery - Powell River
My studio showroom is closed for sales as of January 2016. My pottery will again be sho
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the potter .....


Throwing.jpg My name is Brenda Neall and I am the CPO (Chief Potter and Owner) of Down to Earth Clayworks, a home-based pottery studio, located in the Lang Creek area, south of the town of Powell River. Several years ago, being a collector and admirer of handcrafted pottery, I decided I wanted to learn more about the making of the pottery I loved to collect - what was this magic, this alchemy that would transform mud into pots. This led me to our local Arts Centre where I began to take evening classes. I was hooked! The fwump, fwump, fwump rhythm of the kick wheel, the 'dug from the earth' smell of the clay, the wonder of seeing the walls of a pot rise from a lump of clay, the Christmas morning excitement of seeking out my finished pieces as they came out of the kiln - all resonated deeply within me.

In 2006, I was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to focus full-time on becoming an accomplished potter. I started down this new path by signing up for Ceramics and other Fine Arts classes at our local university college and attending as many ceramic related workshops as I could. Once immersed in a ceramics program, I came to appreciate how much there is to learn about the world of pottery and ceramic arts and to realize the learning process would never end.

In 2008 my husband Richard and I left city life and moved back to my home town of Powell River, BC, where we settled south of town, in the Lang Creek area. It is a beautiful location, close to the ocean and shores that I loved as a child. The eagles soar overhead, the flocks of geese honk their comings and goings, the occasional bear or deer wanders down the road. It was the perfect spot to set up my new studio - quietly inspiring. After arriving, we worked hard, renovating our house and building the pottery. We eagerly opened the doors and welcomed our first customers in late November 2008.