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Ed Drahanchuk and Robin Hopper C.M.,R.C.A. Surprise Me

I recently received two bits of ‘good’ news. One from Ed Drahanchuk and another from Robin Hopper.

Ed Drahanchuk. From Alberta Comes of Age Catalogue

Ed Drahanchuk. From Alberta Comes of Age Catalogue

Ed recently wrote me that he is planning on getting back into ceramics. For the past many years Ed has been working in his other artistic love, painting. As Ed puts it:

“I’ve been out of touch for some time now (years), but plan for my last stab into pottery for 2017 if all goes well. Just a matter of building my fifth kiln.”

Ed is still on Quadra Island coping with internet outages, snowstorms, mice chewing through water lines, and the arrival, or return, of a large mural once on the RBC head office in Calgary. Ed is contemplating how to uncrate and restore it. So nice to see that RBC preserved art rather than just discarding it for ‘progress’.

I interviewed Ed Drahanchuk many years ago and had planned a page on him. So expect to see that page on Ed here in the future.

Thank you Ed for connecting.

Robin Hopper and Judi Dyelle in their Metchosin garden

Robin Hopper and Judi Dyelle in their Metchosin garden

The other surprise was from Robin Hopper. I had noticed a surge in readers and followers. After a bit of digging I found out it was because of a post on Robin’s facebook page. Here is the post:

“I’m getting too shaky to write much and answer questions, so please don’t ask. Instead. I’m going to put you in the hands of Barry Morrison, editor of an information on-line Canadian ceramic topic. Barry is a brilliant scholar and ceramic historian who I’ve known for over 30 years. He has been well aware of my personal trajectory as well as other authors in giving the best overview of my multiple workstyles, technical info and techniques. You can find Barry’s amazing coverage at :

Studio Ceramics Canada.Com

If you want to know anything about Canadian ceramics and its major practitioners, this is definitely the best place to go.


Wow! Thank you, Robin. I think I’m going to have to increase my hat size by a few sizes.

By the way, Robin is still waiting  for the final details of the location for his Order of Canada investiture.

Let’s welcome Ed back to ceramics and continue to congratulate Robin on this recent honour.

Robin Hopper To Be Inducted Into The Order Of Canada

Robin Hopper. At a Greater Lansing Potters’ Guild workshop, October 2006.

Robin Hopper. At a Greater Lansing Potters’ Guild workshop, October 2006.

Congratulations, Robin!

An honour long overdue. Details to be announced.

Readers, please forward your congratulations to Robin at robin@chosinpottery.ca.

So many of us have benefited from his talent and generosity, and have been inspired by his art.

Robin Hopper, RCA. A Major Page Update Added To Studio Ceramics Canada

Robin Hopper In His Studio

Robin Hopper In His Studio

Robin Hopper’s page was one of the first posted on this website, three years ago.  It is also one of the most visited. A major update is long overdue.  Artists’ pages on the site, their scope, format and content, have evolved, expanded.

The revised page explores more of Robin’s past activities and work, and also touches on his more recent activities and passions during what for him are difficult times.

Enjoy connecting with one of Canada’s most renowned ceramists, Robin Hopper RCA.

Robin Hopper, A New E-book, A Potter’s Garden – An Artist’s Approach To Creative Garden-Making

Robin Hopper, A Potter's Garden, Cover

Robin Hopper, A Potter’s Garden, Cover

Robin Hopper has published a new e-book on a long time and very personal passion, gardening,  particularly his “Anglojapanadian” garden in Metchosin, BC. It is a guided stroll through a 40+ year labour of love and love of life.

Now that he has moved on from making pots he continues his two other loves, writing and gardening and perhaps a third, philosophy. For those who think of Robin as just a potter the book is an eye-opener. It gives a deeper insight into key sources of his art and what inspired him in his career: nature and cultures, especially Japanese aesthetics. It shows a deeper side of Robin that few know about but is fundamental to his personality and aesthetic. His life has come full circle and now the garden encapsulates all his learnings and yearnings.

The book not only explains the why and how of developing this garden but also acts as a guide-book for visitors to enjoy its features, flora and fauna. It is divided into 5 sections that Robin describes:

“This book starts with a brief background about my life and the role that my unusual childhood had in both my passion for ceramics and gardening. The second section will introduce you to my one-of-a-kind “Anglojapanadian” garden complete with a virtual walkthrough of it with pictures of each area. The third section will look at garden design principles through an analogy to the human body. The fourth section will look at the ways that any knowledge of, experience in, or appreciation of one of more areas within the art field can be utilized in designing a garden. The final section will discuss the importance of the garden as inspiration and look at the role that the garden has played in my work as a potter.”

The garden has been part of his life and art plan in Metchosin from the very beginning, not some later life fill-in or afterthought. He describes its start-up with his wry sense of humour:

“Masochistic as it may have seemed at the time, the project entailed turning this mass of misery into a presentable family home, showroom, gallery, two studios and garden to entice people to visit.”

The book is not just about plants in gardens, but is also about thoughts and ideas. It has, therefore, particular delights for gardening enthusiasts. For the pottery lover it also has its pottery elements: section four looks at his bird forms, parabolic bottles and substrate paintings.  It also includes mention of  his 2D art and theatre design experience, quite typical of Robin and his writings. For Robin everything is connected. Here, for example, gardening and ceramics are both a combination of art and science.

For Robin as he reviews his life and career and the garden as focus:

“The end result has been well worth both the work and the wait! Paradise found.”

Robin Hopper and Judi Dyelle in their Metchosin garden

Robin Hopper and Judi Dyelle in their Metchosin garden

The 122 pages are well illustrated with photographs by his friends, and especially his wife and fellow potter,  Judi  Dyelle.

The e-book can be downloaded from the site https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/502522 for $9.99 US. It works best as an Adobe PDF document.

as Robin says,

“The going price would be about the same as three cups of good Coffee,”

Robin Hopper has a New Facebook Page

Robin Hopper's New Facebook Page

Robin Hopper’s New Facebook Page

Robin Hopper continues to  re-invent himself.  He now has a Facebook business page. He is using it not only as an online retrospective view of his work but also as educational material. He has been working on it for about 7 weeks and getting tremendous response.

Click on the link below to see Robin’s newest venture:


Robin Hopper: A new page added to the Studio Ceramics Canada website



I have added a page on Vancouver Island  icon Robin Hopper. You can see the page at new Robin Hopper page. 

Enjoy and pass the word around.