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Modern Potter: Dotti Potts Studio & Gallery

July 18, 2019 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

Treat yourself or buy that special gift of artisan-made pottery at Dotti Potts.

 
A version of this article originally appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of  OUR HOMES Barrie Orillia Midland Innisfil, p. 46. Find local businesses in our Barrie directory. 

 

THE PLACE: 

Dotti Potts Studio and Gallery is a wonder of beautifully crafted and functional pottery made in Barrie by talented ceramic artist Sandra Silberman. Sandra has been working with clay for almost three decades and is internationally known for her classic designs, which combine modern simplicity with whimsy. Her products include a range of functional and decorative pieces, including tableware, jewelry and wall art. Sandra moved to Canada from South Africa in 1994 and works in the family business with husband Gavin, a master cabinetmaker and woodworker. 

THE STYLE: 

Sandra uses clay as a canvas, sculpting original, practical pieces you can display and use every day. Her wares are made out of durable, chip-resistant porcelain clay that she meticulously hand-styles to create each signature piece. 

THE NAME: 

In 1993 Sandra enrolled in a pottery course at a local community centre in Johannesburg. “I fell in love with clay from my very first lesson,” she says. “My first collection of work was whimsical polka-dotted pottery. At the time I was sharing a flat with a friend, whilst decorating pottery at my dining table, she commented ‘dotti potts’ as she watched me dip a Q-tip into a bowl of glaze and apply dots to my pots, so the name Dotti Potts was born.” 

CLASSICS: 

Tableware is on offer in four distinct yet equally beautiful collections aptly named Oatmeal, Ivory, Slate and African Modern. Each collection includes a selection of dishes and serving pieces. Best sellers include milk jugs and utensil holders. Large serving bowls are a lovely addition to your dinner table and will make any dish you make irresistible. 

WALL ART: 

Sandra creates art blocks using handcrafted tiles on painted pine. The tiles depict nature in all its forms, with scenes that include trees, bees, leaves, feathers and bugs. Hand-carved tiles are also used to create coat racks, hooks, key and jewelry holders. 

JEWELRY: 

Earrings and necklaces are made from stoneware and porcelain clay. Each piece is carefully formed, left to dry, fired in a kiln, then individually hand painted and then fired once again. All are lightweight, easy to wear and very affordable. 

GIFTING: 

Dotti Potts is absolutely the place to go to find that perfect gift. It’s wedding season and every newlywed couple would love to receive bespoke serving dishes from Dotti Potts. It’s a great place to shop for anniversaries, graduations and birthdays too. Sandra also sells her products at art markets throughout the province and at the Art Gallery of Ontario. 

GET THERE:

324 Saunders Rd., Unit 4, Barrie 705.812.3306 dottipotts.com 

 

 

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