‘March of the Mugs’

Artists team up for group ceramic show

Published on February 27, 2014
The “Tipton Teacup,” by David Hayashida and Linda Yates of King’s Point Pottery.
— Submitted photo

“Creative destruction” is how David Hayashida of King’s Point Pottery describes one of his latest projects. Hayashida used a 12-gauge shotgun to decorate cups — “shot glasses,” he calls them.
Hayashida and partner Linda Yates are among the participants in “March of Mugs,” an exhibition of functional handmade mugs, cups and related items from potters and ceramic artists from across the continent.

Local artists, in addition to Hayashida and Yates, include Maaike Charron, Isabella St. John and Alexis Templeton, who is curating the event. Other artists are Katrina Chaytor of Alberta, Jay Kimball of Saskatchewan, Debra Kuzyk and Ray Mackie of Nova Scotia, and Chanda Droske, Tyler Guldan, Mike Kern, Adam Paulek and Malley Weber of the United States.

Also among King’s Point Pottery’s innovative work: a 3-D series of wall pieces, which are intended to be hung in and over corners.

“They can be partially on the floor, but also going up the wall,” Hayashida explained.

“The Tipton piece, for example, is desgined to be hung into a corner, showing on two walls at the same time.”

Hayashida and Yates are working on a Tipton tea series of pieces, inspired by Albertan ceramic artists Barbara Tipton. Their “Tipton Teacup” is based on a Lipton face teacup from the 1950s and Tipton’s early 1980s work.

“Serendipitously, the fun ’50s Lipton winking face design looks very much like the artist Ms. Tipton herself,” Hayashida said.

“March of Mugs” opens Friday at 7 p.m. at the Quidi Vidi Plantation, and will continue Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mugs purchased at the show can be picked up at Templeton’s studio, 75 Quidi Vidi Road, in March.

Any unsold show mugs will be on display and available for purchase at the studio until the end of the month.



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