Gordon Hutchens earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts, with Honours, from the University of Illinois. For 47 years he has been producing exceptional works of art and functional pottery at his studio on Denman Island, BC. Gordon has recently received the 2019 BC Achievement Foundation Award of Distinction, “In recognition of extraordinary creative accomplishment in applied art and design in British Columbia and around the world. His committed vision, innovative enterprise, and passionate talent are an inspiration to his community and province.” signed by Premier, John Horgan. Gordon has had over 25 one man shows and over 100 group exhibitions across Canada and the US, with major exhibitions in Japan and Korea. His works and articles have been published in various ceramics magazines and books. He is the author/host of four educational video productions on Raku and Salt and Soda firing techniques. Permanent collections include, The Bronfman family’s “Claridge Collection”, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. In addition to his studio production, Gordon has for the last 20 years taught ceramics courses at North Island College in Courtenay, BC. He has also taught workshops from Newfoundland to Victoria. His work is known for the depth and diversity of his glazes and strength and refinement of his forms.
I work in high fire porcelain and stoneware and in lustre earthenware, hand throwing on the wheel, vessels ranging from mugs and tea bowls to small and large vases for interior decor. I work with several different firing techniques including wood firing, salt/soda firing, crystalline glaze and lustre glaze firings. I mix most of my own clay bodies and create and mix all my own glazes developing a wide range different colours and textures.