3590 Northwest Road, Denman Island
Sandra Shaffer’s new pottery studio is housed in a transformed structure that was originally the kitchen of one of the oldest settler homes on Denman Island. Located at the corner of Northwest and Lake Roads, Sandra creates stoneware baking dishes, mugs, vases, bottles and more, with simplicity and functionality in mind.
“I like simple pots; quiet pots,” she says. “True to their functions and useful in everyday lives.”
She has been experimenting with glazes using local materials, most recently using applewood ash and clay from Denman.
Although a long-time potter, this is Sandra’s first appearance on the Denman Island Studio Pottery Tour, Sandra is very much looking forward to welcoming visitors into her new studio.
“I’m grateful I’m a potter,” she says. “It’s a centering and grounding practice. It keeps me in the present moment. The throwing of a pot is a moment in time, so in essence, the pot holds time.”
“And yes, coffee really does taste better in a handmade mug.”