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Aven-Hill Pottery: John Wilson and Jacqueline Lemieux-Wilson
We began Aven-Hill Pottery in 1984, several years after graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design. Our first studio was on a farm near Grande Prairie, Alberta, on a hill. In the spring the prairie avens bloomed in abundance, hence our name.
After relocating to Edmonton, building a new studio, raising a family and retailing across the province for many years, Aven-Hill Pottery eventually arrived at the Old Strathcona Farmers' Market in 2000, where we have met many of the people who use our pottery every day and have supported us over the years. We enjoy interacting with our market clientele and many friendships have been formed.
Upholding the Craftsmen philosophy of quality workmanship and good design in everyday things, we create a wide variety of table and domestic ware - simple objects to enhance the rituals of everyday life. Using a handcrafted item is a very tangible experience. We address many elements in the making of a piece: the size, the weight, the colour, the shape, the curve of the handle, all considerations to achieve a balance and bring enjoyment to the user.
Our durable functional pottery is handcrafted from a high temperature stoneware clay fired to a temperature of 1250 degrees Celsius. Our glazes our lead free and the pieces we make are ideal to use in the oven, microwave and can be cleaned in the dishwasher
Working in clay today is still an exciting adventure.