Arts Mecca: Granville Island

Granville Island is a curious mix of industry and enterprise. Originally a waterfront warehouse area, it is now home to a large public market, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, shops, galleries, micro-breweries, floating homes, restaurants and theatre. It also retains the charm of its industrial past with its cement company. Located under the Granville Street Bridge in Vancouver, it is separated from downtown by False Creek, which you can cross on the tiniest ferry you’ve ever seen, an Aquabus. It is not a true island, but there you have it. To read more about it, click here. My friends and I went down yesterday for the Vancouver International Fringe Festival. Since the venerable tradition started in Scotland years ago, cities around the globe have hosted these offbeat theatre fests. We saw an “Improvolution” put on by a group from Seattle and a hailed one-person blockbuster, “Giant Invisible Robot.” Lunch was taken outdoors and we finished up by watching a terrific busker. (The fresh blueberry tart was delicious!) For potters, ceramists, and clay sculptors, one of the most notable aspects is the Gallery of BC Ceramics, at 1359 Cartwright Street. The island website describes it thusly, “The Gallery of BC Ceramics is owned and operated by the Potters Guild of British Columbia. The Gallery mandate is to represent potters and ceramic artists of BC and to educate the general public about the ceramic arts. There are 10 juried exhibitions a year in the exhibition space of the Gallery.” There are several other ceramic studios on Granville Island, too, and you can find more information about the ones below on the island website. Ceramics is  also taught at Emily Carr.

Kingsmill Pottery Studio
1620 Johnston Street

Jasna Sokolovic
1620 Johnston Street

Daniel Materna Ceramics
1499 Old Bridge Street
Phone – 604.682.0230
Fax – 604.682.0230

Katherine McLean Studio
#1-1359 Cartwright St

About Jan

I have a background in ceramics, graphic design and journalism.
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