1080 Keewatin St,
Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 6T7

As we move forward through this brave new world, we are looking ahead to a time of celebration and joy. What better way to celebrate, than to raise a cup and toast to a safe and happy summer?

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery presents Northern Cheers! A Celebration of Cups, an online auction of original artist cups to help us find joy in the little everyday things around us. Artists from across Thunder Bay and Northern Ontario have generously donated their hand-crafted cups to showcase in this unique, one-of-a-kind auction! We cannot thank each of you enough for your support. All funds raised during the auction support the Gallery’s education and exhibition programming.

Cups will be available for pick-up at the Gallery beginning JUNE 23 from 10 AM – 2 PM & JUNE 24 from 2 – 5 PM

 

Home

Michelle Arnold

This extra large stoneware mug was inspired by the magical beauty of Lake Superior and the people and wildlife that call this natural wonder Home.

It measures 5 inches high and 4 inches wide the rim, and holds approximately 24 ounces. This mug was created on the potter’s wheel and altered to add the image of Lake Superior and then hand stamped with the word Home. There is a thumb rest at the top of the handle for an easy grip. It is food safe and can be placed in the dishwasher or microwave, ensuring it is a practical piece of functional art.

Michelle Arnold of Sunshine Pottery is a local potter who works in her home studio on the shores of Lake Superior. She is inspired by the great lake and the nature that surrounds her every day. She likes to combine the practical with the whimsical, resulting in functional art that can be used in daily living. Her greatest joy is when her pottery resonates with others, contributing to transforming their daily lives into something extraordinary.

 

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Katrin Huerzeler

This original hand painted cup brings visions of summer to mind with its colourful and funky designs. It measures 3.75 in high and 3 in in diameter at the rim, and is dishwasher safe. The unique handleless design is not microwave safe.

Katrin is a member of the Thunder Bay Potter’s Guild.

“I’m never tired of watching people pick up their mug, pause, look and feel the surface before they take a sip. Clay gives me an opportunity to create my own canvas, and yes, sometimes that canvas is a cup or a plate.”

 

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Contemporary Mug

Caribbean Shore

Debbie Debeau

This lovely ceramic mug is crafted from porcelain clay, and fired in an electric kiln. The three glaze combination, with a clay slip over the entire vessel, has resulted in a lovely teal and gray colour variation. This mug has a lovely handle that has been hand pulled, making it ergonomically comfortable to hold and drink from. It measures 4.75 in tall, and 3 in in diameter at the rim.

Debbie and Dave Dubeau are ceramic artists operating Up at Dawn Pottery in Thunder Bay, designing functional and decorative ceramics.

 

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Brenda Delmas

This joyful stoneware travel mug has been hand painted and glazed with daisies and a dragonfly to create a lovely summer scene. It has all the aesthetics of your favourite to-go mug, but with an artistic flair. It measures 6 in high and 3.5 in in diameter at the rim, and holds 14 oz.

Brenda Delmas is known for her unique, durable pottery that she carefully handcrafts in her own small home-based studio. Brenda enrolled at George Brown College to study graphic design. During this time, she also studied Visual Arts, taking up painting, pottery and textile design.

 

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Daisy Travel Mug

Sandstone Horizon

Erika Niva

This large cream coloured mug has subtle yellow stripes and brown speckles, with a large and comfortable handle. It measures 5.25 in high and 3.5 in in diameter at the rim.

Erika is a student in the Visual Arts department at Lakehead University focusing on pottery. She is a member of the Thunder Bay Potter’s Guild, and currently working on setting up her own pottery studio in Conmee, ON.

 

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Alan Moon

This lovely mug brings visions of the forest to mind. It is made using a lovely moss green glaze over a brown, and is reminiscent of moss-covered trees in the northern wilderness. The mug measures 4 inches high and 3 inches wide at the rim. It will hold 10 ounces, and is dishwasher and microwave safe. This is a companion piece to Nature Walk.

Alan is a local potter specializing in stoneware and salt glaze ware. He is a past board member of Thunder Bay Art Gallery, and a long-time member of the Thunder Bay Potter’s Guild.

 

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Forest Spirit

Nature Walk

Alan Moon

This nature-inspired mug in moss green glaze is perfect for enjoying your coffee or tea in the comfort of your backyard. It measures 4.25 inches high and 3 inches wide at the rim. It will hold 10 ounces, and is dishwasher and microwave safe. This is a companion piece to Forest Spirit.

Alan is a local potter specializing in stoneware and salt glaze ware. He is a past board member of Thunder Bay Art Gallery, and a long-time member of the Thunder Bay Potter’s Guild.

 

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Cystal Sohlman

This colourful tumbler features all the colours of the rainbow. It measure 16 cm tall by 9 cm wide at the rim. It is a slab built tumbler, and hand painted with underglaze in various colours. It is food and dishwasher safe.

Crystal is a local potter raised in Thunder Bay. Her ceramics feature unique designs that come, in part, from organic materials. She is well known for her Lake Superior and Sleeping Giant plates, and her work can be found at local boutiques and markets throughout Thunder Bay.

 

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Tumbling Down the Rainbow

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Fritz Lehmberg

This wood fired mug was designed with natural ash and a shino glaze, bringing a very natural, earthy feel to this unique mug. It measures 3.75 in high by 3.5 in at the rim. It is food safe.

Fritz has been making functional pottery for more than 30 years. He is always exploring ways to express his love for the Canadian Shield. His work is for sale in the The Gallery Store, and he can be found at his booth Early Snows Pottery at the Thunder Bay Farmer’s Market.

 

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Gayle Buzzi

This one of a kind ceramic mug is shaped like a tree, and has incredible details reminiscent of a fallen log in the forest. The unique handle juts out, similar to a broken branch. It measures 8 in in height, and 5 in around the rim.

Growing up in Northern Ontario, Gayle was exposed to many aspects of nature and she now finds her inspiration from the natural world around her. Her current sculptures position delicate glass animals within human-made settings, emphasizing the ways in which animals interact with the new urban ecosystem. Her works aim to initiate critical thoughts about contemporary society’s relationship with nature, while prompting an emotional response.

 

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Lager Log

Willows

Trudy Jamieson

This delicate pair of tumblers are perfect for an afternoon of sipping lemonade on your patio. They were made using a natural clay, with a pretty vine pattern lining up one side of each tumbler. Each of these measures 4.5 inches high and 3 inches in diameter at the rim.

Trudy is a Thunder Bay potter and a long time member of the Thunder Bay Potter’s Guild who has been creating beautiful stoneware pieces for many years. She enjoys travelling, but comes home to participate in pottery shows and sales such as the Potter’s Guild Holiday Market. Trudy’s work can be found locally at Fireweed.

 

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Karen Long

This birch tree mug has sculpted knots and peeling barks, and is made with a branching handle. It is part of the Boreal Collection of Long’s series, and allows you to have a “detail of the forest in your hands for morning coffee.” It measures 4.25 in high and 3 in in diameter at the rim, and holds 12 oz.

Karen Long is a pottery artist and operates Phire Pottery. While speaking of her work, she says “I find inspiration while hiking through the Boreal Forest. Aspects of the wondrous landscape and wildlife are often represented in my art.”

 

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Silver Birch

Daisy Dukes Mug

 

Peyton Harris

This whimsical mug has been glazed with the blue “Shipwrecked” hues over speckled clay with lovely daisy details on both sides. It measures 3.25 inches high and 3.5 inches in diameter at the rim, and holds 9 fluid ounces, and flares out in a lovely flute design at the top.

Peyton Harris is the inspiring creator behind Blooming Tulip Ceramics. She can be found locally on Instagram, and at various craft shows throughout the year.

 

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Mike Jacques

This abstract metal coffee mug sculpture is made using repurposed metal pieces and vintage saw blades and handles. It measures 9 inches high and 11 inches wide at the handle. Of his work, Jacques says:

“I like my coffee sharp, strong & original. This is where the inspiration of this abstract metal coffee mug began. The mug is made of all scrap material often found when out hiking in the woods and other materials gifted to me which were often used to cut wood such as saw blades. I started this process with an old tin can paired with a broken vintage saw handle. From there I added scrap pieces from other artwork I’ve created, adding detail around the center and “hot steam” coming from the inside. The final touch is the serving tray made out of an old squished Folgers coffee can.”

As a local metal artist, Mike Jacques finds the beauty in old materials, bringing them back to life in creative and unconventional ways. You can find his work on Instagram and Facebook, or at various local shops and craft shows throughout the year.

 

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Coffee In The Woods

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Karen Cocks

This striking mug has been dual glazed using blue over black. The glossy mottled effect really enhances this form. It measures 5 inches high, by 4 inches around the rim. It is microwave safe.

Karen lives and works as a studio potter in Thunder Bay and plays an active role in the Thunder Bay Potters’ Guild as Secretary. She enjoys the physical nature of clay and is amazed each and every time she sits at the potter’s wheel by the endless possibilities of form that awaits her. She loves to create pots that feel good, look good and function well, and have a place of purpose in the hands of its user. Ultimately, it is this human connection between the maker and the user that continues to keep Karen centred and engaged. She is a true believer that there is great value in creating handmade objects.

Her natural surroundings impact her work. Living alongside the beautiful Kaministiquia River, gives Karen ample inspiration to create in clay.

 

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Karen Cocks

This functional tri-coloured mug has been glazed to create a wonderful blend of white, light green, and dark green colours. The lovely speckled effect is created using a specific buff clay. This mug measures 5 inches high, and 4 inches around the rim. It is microwave safe.

Karen lives and works as a studio potter in Thunder Bay and plays an active role in the Thunder Bay Potters’ Guild as Secretary. She enjoys the physical nature of clay and is amazed each and every time she sits at the potter’s wheel by the endless possibilities of form that awaits her. She loves to create pots that feel good, look good and function well, and have a place of purpose in the hands of its user. Ultimately, it is this human connection between the maker and the user that continues to keep Karen centred and engaged. She is a true believer that there is great value in creating handmade objects.

Her natural surroundings impact her work. Living alongside the beautiful Kaministiquia River, gives Karen ample inspiration to create in clay.

 

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Carnival Goblets

Donna Stecky

This festive pair wine goblets have a funky ceramic base, topped with a clear glass cup secured on top. The horizontal design on the base is done in striped tones of lilac, blue, black and green. Each goblet measures 7.75 inches high by 3.5 inches wide at the rim. The wine glass top generously holds 15 ounces, and is hand wash only.

Donna is a local potter living, working and creating in Thunder Bay.

 

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Katie Lemieux

This intricately carved mug features a detailed design of swirls and whorls. It measures 3.25 inches high and 4.25 inches in diameter. The sgraffito swirl design is made using a slip technique, with oxides, and fired to six.

Katie is a sculptor and illustrator from Thunder Bay. She has recently returned to Thunder Bay after completing her MFA, and will be showing her work this fall at shows such as the Potter’s Guild Holiday Market, Craft Revival and Craftland.

 

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Swirl

Cougar Glacier Cup

Denise Smith

This funky and unique cup is made of porcelain, and features a mountain lion in the midst of leaping across whimsical gemstones. It measures 2.5 inches high and 3.75 inches in diameter. This cup is hand thrown with a slip cast animal, and finished using gold lustre.

Denise Smith is a ceramic artist from Thunder Bay. She is a graduate of the University of Regina’s Master of Fine Arts program, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Lakehead University.

 

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Denise Smith

This cup is a truly whimsical piece made of porcelain. It features a mountain goat in the midst of climbing through fantastical gemstones. The cup measures 2.5 inches high and 3.75 inches in diameter. It is hand thrown with a slip cast animal, and finished using gold lustre.

Denise Smith is a ceramic artist from Thunder Bay. She is a graduate of the University of Regina’s Master of Fine Arts program, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Lakehead University.

 

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Mountain Goat Cup


Semi-Famous

Sara Peters

This celebrity-inspired porcelain tumbler will make you shoot for the stars! It is made using a ceramic glaze and gold lustre, and is dishwasher safe. Gentle hand washing will preserve the life of all handmade ceramics. It measures 5.25 inches tall and 3.25 inches wide at the rim. Please note that this cup is NOT microwave safe.

Sara is a mixed media artist who found her way to clay a few years ago. She enjoys creating functional pieces that combine the rough physical properties of clay and the natural world with heavy-handed decorating and glittery flourish. While not making things, Sara works as a nurse practitioner. Navigating the desire/lack of desire to create amidst the pressures of a global pandemic has shaped her perspective on the dynamics between art, creativity, rest, human service and social duties, and mental health.

 

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Kathleen Twomey

This naturally beautiful mug is inspired by the wonders of nature all around us. It is a slab-built mug that has been decorated with a pressed cedar leaf, and glazed in a clear green glaze. It measures 3 inches high and 3.5 inches wide at the rim.

Kat Twomey’s process of pressing pieces of collected flora into the clay to create her designs, paired with her love of colourful glazes, has made for a truly unique style in Thunder Bay. She has a degree in Fine Arts from Lakehead University, and is an active member of Thunder Bay Potter’s Guild. Kat can be found at shows such as the Potter’s Guild Markets, Craft Revival and Kraft throughout the year. Kat creates her stunning pieces in her studio with her mother Janet and friend Katie Lemieux.

She can be found on Instagram and Facebook under Black Dog Ceramics.

 

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Cedar Forest Mug

Perfectly Pink Tripod Mug

Janet Twomey

This funky pink mug has three tiny little feet, and is perfectly adorable with its contemporary look! It is a combination slab-built and hand-sculpted mug decorated with pressed antique lace. It measures 4.5 inches tall and 3.25 inches wide at the rim.

Janet, along with her daughter Kathleen Twomey and friend Katie Lemieux, founded Black Dog Ceramics back in 2014 after just getting back to the potter’s wheel after many years. They found a kiln and a wheel, and set up in Janet’s garage. Janet loves making mugs and teapots, and has perfected her style and technique over the years.

She can be found on Instagram and Facebook under Black Dog Ceramics.

 

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Lara Hollway

This BIG mug also doubles as a beer stein! It is rainbow coloured, and just big enough to hold what you need, just like hope in the spring. It measures 5.5 inches high and 3.5 inches wide at the rim.

Lara was swept up into the world of pottery a few years ago. She says she is “deeply head over heels for this art form that is wildly messy splattered fun, and also requires stillness, precision and centred breath.” Lara believes that the objects we interact with most every day should be beautiful, functional and pleasurable to use. She creates pieces of functional and sustainable beauty that help you to pause and find enjoyment in the moment you are in.

 

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Spring Hope

Time For Tea Caddy

John Sims

These wonderful mugs and tea caddy remind us to stop and take time to relax with a cup of our favourite tea. They were made with white stoneware clay and glazed with an iron rich glaze that resulted in a deep earthen colour. The two mugs measure 4.25 inches high and 3.5 inches wide at the rim. The tea caddy measures 4 inches high and 4 inches wide at its widest point. They are all dishwasher safe.

John Sims , a life-long resident of Thunder Bay, is a long-time member of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and currently on the gallery’s Board of Directors.

 

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Trudy Jamieson

This lovely pair of stemmed wine goblets are wonderful to share a toast with your partner, friend or family. They are made using a natural clay, with a delicate linear design on each goblet. Each goblet measures 4.5 inches high and 4 inches in diameter at the rim.

Trudy is a Thunder Bay potter and a long time member of the Thunder Bay Potter’s Guild who has been creating beautiful stoneware pieces for many years. She enjoys travelling, but comes home to participate in pottery shows and sales such as the Potter’s Guild Holiday Market.

Trudy’s work can be found locally at Fireweed.

 

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