Jan Kinna puts newspaper into the reduction bucket after his Raku pottery is taken out of the kiln

Forms and Visions at the Hope Arts Gallery

New backroom show focuses on pottery and paintings

The new backroom show at Hope Arts Gallery in August will showcase the work of three artists.

Raku pottery and acrylic paintings create an interesting and varied exhibit called Forms and Visions. Diane Ferguson and Jan Kinna are the experts in Raku pottery, which originated in Japan over 400 years ago.

Raku, translated, can mean either  “enjoyment, pleasure, contentment and happiness” or “happiness in chance.” The pottery when fired is unique and no two pieces can ever be exactly the same.

Acrylic paints were developed for artist use in the 1950s. They can be used as a watercolour or oil paint technique but once dry, they cant be lifted. They are very durable and versatile.

Rebecca Bisette has mastered this modern medium and has put together a collection of paintings for this exhibition. She is a full-time artist who creates explosions of thought, emotion and imagery featuring landscapes, florals  and contemporary visions.

An artist reception for Forms and Visions will be August 4 from 7-9 p.m.