** Important notice: The sale has been cancelled on May 29, 2022 as all pots sold on the first day. Apologies for any inconvenience.**
You are invited to a unique opportunity to acquire work by the late artist Charmian Johnson and other studio potters, while supporting Western Front and the City Opera Vancouver.
In celebration of the life of Johnson, over 500 pots from her latest firings, unfinished wares completed posthumously, and pieces from her own collection—including work by Cris Giuffrida, Michael “Mick” Henry, Clary Illian, Tam Irving, John Reeve, and Lari Robson, amongst others—will be made available to the community.
Prices range from $5 to $500 and all sales are in cash only.
Net proceeds will be donated to Western Front and City Opera Vancouver.
Charmian Johnson (1939-2020) was a graduate of the University of British Columbia (UBC). She taught elementary and secondary school, and in the Faculty of Education at UBC. Her interest in pottery making began in the late-60s, while studying under the artist and Western Front co-founder Glenn Lewis. By 1970 she had her own studio at her home in East Vancouver, where she produced work until 2014. Upon her passing Johnson had many unfinished pots in her studio. These unfinished works have been completed posthumously. Several local potters used Johnson’s existing glazes and her kiln to fire them in three batches over 2020-21. Johnson also worked in pen and ink producing a large series of floral drawings. Her pots and drawings are held in private collections and institutions in Vancouver and across Canada.