Ineke Pottery, a family affair

Collecting information on Ineke Pottery has been difficult – it is almost impossible to find details about this artist and her pottery on the web. I’m working to change that. Whenever I see comments come in with additional information on a pottery, I post it on my site – some of the information is correct, come of it is not. And there isn’t really a way to know which it is until the process of gathering the information in complete. And, for this pottery and artist, I’m closer than I’ve ever been to collecting authentic details.

Comments appeared on this site over the last few days from the Inéke van’t Riet children, providing information I did not have for Ineke Porttery. I’m thrilled to be able to update the page using the information they have so kindly provided. Their comments reveal the love and respect they have for Inéke as a mother and for Inéke as an artist. Check out the updated information and comments on Ineke Pottery.

Researching Canadian Pottery – BMP Collectors Club

Blue Mountain Pottery Collectors Club (BMPCC) is a social club that shares information, experiences and a passion for collecting Blue Mountain Pottery.  Their website is one of the central hubs in sharing.  The club also offers a list serve for members to share information, get help with pottery identification and just keep in touch with each other.





Consider joining BMPCC. Membership fees are very reasonable, and the Member’s portal is filled with useful information. The annual convention is held in Ontario in July; information can be found on the official BMPCC website.


BMP buffalo-Harvest Gold

Royal Oak Artware (Canada) – A mystery

A visitor to this site requested information on a lovely green bowl with Art Deco style and stamped with ‘Royal Oak Canada Artware’. At this time, I have no information on this pottery, but I have found mention of a neighbourhood called Royal Oak in Saanich on Vancouver Island – it is possible the pottery was, or is still, located in this area. Saanich, BC is well known for its arts and culture.

If anyone has information about Royal Oak Artware Canada pottery, please share. (re-posted)

Barry Morrison of Studio Ceramics Canada introduces a fascinating website, artshuttle, with a section dedicated to modern Canadian studio ceramics. In Barry’s blog post, A New Collector’s Website Now Online, he states, “Artshuttle’s content is wide but there are two sections that will catch your attention: firstly, an extensive collection of Axel Ebring pots … and secondly an extensive section on modern Canadian pottery from ceramists across Canada.” Larry Lewis is the creator of the website and the collector of an extensive range of art objects, including Canadian studio pottery. Check it out – click on the Ceramics tab at the top of the site to begin!  

Lambert Potteries Ltd. – Revisited

Barry Morrison, has expanded on my research page for Lambert Potteries Ltd. with a much more detailed blog entry on David Lambert and his British Columbia pottery. He has “added a page on David Lambert, potter and animateur, to the website. Often referred to as the “father” of BC ceramics Lambert left a legacy that is respected by ceramists today.”



Crown Ceramics, a little-known company

Crown Ceramics, a little-known Vancouver company from the 1950s

Finding information on some Canadian pottery manufacturers can be intriguing and frustrating. Snippets of information here and there will sometimes be all that can be found for details. Such is the case with this mid-century British Columbia pottery.

History:  Crown Ceramics is mentioned in the Clay and Shale Deposits of British Columbia, Bulletin No. 30, written in 1952 for the British Columbia Department of Mines, as being active during the 1950s, and that they manufactured ceramics on a small scale in Vancouver.  Most resources state that Crown Ceramics operated from 1945-1957. Little more is known about the history of this Canadian ceramics (pottery) manufacturer.

Shapes:  Examples of the mid-century modern shapes produced by Crown Ceramics can be found on two well-known websites, The Canadian Design Resource and the Museum of Vancouver (Keyword search: Crown Ceramics). 

  • Cone Vase (1955)
  • Crown striped vase (1957)
  • Candlesticks #325-D
  • Pinched bowl (1957) – green, also in turquoise
  • Crown vase (1957)
  • Leaf vase / planter #401
  • Leaf dish #122
  • and more…

NOTE: A CC 12″ vase has some similarity to a BMP vase mould designed by Dennis Tupy in the 1950’s (the CDR)


Identifying marks:  

  • Crown Ceramics, Vancouver, BC (circular design) lll (center of the base)
  • 3-digit mold #
  • marked with both impressions & labels

Re-Posted ‘From Times Past’

Re-Posted article by Johanne Yakula of ‘From Times Past’ – DISCOVERED A “NEW” POTTERY COMPANY

When conducting research on a topic, one does not always need to ‘re-invent the wheel’ as it were. One of my favourite bloggers, Johanne Yakula of the Edmonton-based Heritage Home Consulting company posted on a ‘New’ Canadian Pottery coming out of Nova Scotia. This is particularly relevant, as I just returned from a fantastic holiday in Nova Scotia. I remembered reading Johanne’s post from 2014, and thought I’d re-post it.  The blog is about a woman potter from Nova Scotia who started her business in the 1930’s. Her name was Alice Mary Egan (1872-1972).  Read the complete blog post here.

While in Nova Scotia, I met a few very talented studio potters. Although my research here focuses mainly on commercial pottery, studio pottery should never be discounted; the rich traditions of Nova Scotia studio potters live on today.

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia: “On the Table”

Follow Lambert Potteries on Pinterest

Follow this Lambert Potteries Pinterest Board

Lambert Potteries pieces inspire owners and enthusiasts to find out as much as they can about this vintage Canadian pottery. An excellent example of this enthusiasm is the Pinterest Board created by Bee Hansen to display David Lambert’s exceptional ‘Pacific Northwest Coast Designs’.  Check it out at… David Lambert Pottery (on Pinterest).  This is perhaps the most extensive collection of images for Lambert Potteries Ltd. that I’ve seen to date. For instance, I was not aware of the Lambert’s use of red ware pottery in terracotta from the 1970s.

If anyone else comes across other similar galleries or research sites on Lambert pottery, please let me know and I’ll add the links.



Crystalline ceramic artists ROD & DENYSE SIMAIR

Internationally acclaimed crystalline ceramic artists, ROD & DENYSE SIMAIR

One does not have to go far to find exquisite Canadian pottery. A friend brought these pottery artists to my attention.

ROD & DENYSE SIMAIR live and work in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. They are Internationally acclaimed crystalline ceramic artists, creating stunning works of heirloom quality art.

Simair Gallery

“The Simairs combine their talents with Rod’s elegant and masterfully thrown original porcelain designs harmoniously brought to fruition through Denyse’s personally researched, formulated and fired macro-crystalline glazes. The results are heirloom keepsakes of aesthetically inspiring ceramic art to cherish now and for generations to come.

Rod has a natural bond with the wheel. To him, beautiful forms and scale are all joyful “physics in motion”, as a part of him is transferred into the energy of each and every piece he creates.
Denyse incorporates the abstract and familiar together with developmental glazing techniques. Her work has been described as having “a familiar warmth, with a touch of intrigue and mystery”.
The exquisite vases by Rod and Denyse Simair include some of the rarest in the world, particularly in the area of large wheel thrown raku and crystalline glazed porcelain. Rod and Denyse combine their talents in a way which highlights one another’s strengths, producing rare and distinctive award winning works of art. Their works can be found in collections throughout the world.” – website.

Rod & Denyse Simair, Crystalline Artists, share why they create Crystalline. Contact


Art Banner by Erika Schulz

I was participating in a writing workshop this last week and, as conversations typically go with other participants, I mentioned I was working on a website for Canadian pottery research. Ruth was interested in seeing it, so I pulled it up on my laptop. The first comment she made was “Wow! I love the artwork. Who is the artist?” And here we are…

The banner, titled The Collector, is a work of art inspired by the ceramics of the west coast. In so many ways it fits – I was born in BC and lived there until I was 12 yrs old. I still consider myself a BC girl, even though I will never go back there to live. I’m a diverse collector, with a main focus on Canadian pottery. I love finding pieces I’ve never seen before and digging into the research aspect of collecting – thus, The Collector.

Erika Schulz is a central Alberta artist living and working in Red Deer. She creates and develops her art at Tempest Studios. I have long admired her – in addition to being an admirer of her fabulous artistic talent, she is also a personal friend. And  what do friends do? They create unique pieces of art for them, such as the banner you see above.

To find out more about Erika, visit Tempest Studios BlogShopDeviant Art GalleryFacebook Fan Page. Follow her. You will not be disappointed.