Potter and glass artist Mary Fox is the master of making fine tableware and exotic
It looks like a boat, but until recently, when she decided to renovate her house in Ladysmith, she didn't know much about the building.
Although the house is small, the project is not small, because what often happens is that the scope is expanded as she delve into the idea.
Fox decided to raise her house by three metres, add a new floor and add a sleeping attic to it.
The artist said the house may have been in history for more than 100 years, adding that it was one of Ladysmith's original miner's cottages, built by coal baron James dunsmere
Also served as B. C. premier —
At the turn of the last century, the company town was created to provide miners for his extended coal mine several miles north.
Fox moved in 1,000-
In 1991, the square foot cottage used an attached garage for her studio and lived happily there with her wife until they were all sick.
"I have not worked for about five years.
I'm a patient looking after a patient.
Well, then my wife died in 2007.
Taking care of patients over the years is a bit printed on the house, so I decided to either move or renovate.
"I 've been decorating with small boxes all my life, so I decided to make a gallery and studio of my dreams.
"I just can't continue living in the house like I do now, so I ruined the whole place," said Fox, 57 . ".
The work ended up costing $350,000.
About the same time she moved the house, she began to consider leaving the house to the community as a legacy. (See sidebar)
Her architect tried to convince her to remove it and rebuild it, but she kept the shell so she was able to continue to live there and continue to run her business throughout the building.
"I just moved from district to district.
The project lasted 1/2 years.
"It's not cheap and it's probably going to be faster, but I'm not worried about the tight schedule," she said . ".
"When I first got the team together and we sat around the table in the kitchen --
My architect Ernest Hansen, contractor Brian Hogg, engineer and draftsman
I told them: I always hear that there is a lot of pressure on the decoration, but I have a lot of pressure on my life.
I don't want it anymore.
I don't want everyone to stumble over each other.
"We came to an end on the budget without any pressure.
Everything went well.
Her home and workplace now covers an area of nearly 2,500 square feet and was renovated in 2010.
There's a walk-in, 400-square-
The walking gallery on the main floor and the "creation room" work area in about the same area.
The middle floor is her living area and photo studio, and her old studio is now her kiln house.
With the permission of time and Money, she has her Carpenter Stu Money slowly but surely (
Who built the house), create built-
The house is full of ins, such as the new shelf, which extends along the length of the middle floor, under the front window and down the stairs. “He is my go-
She said that he also made a variety of small ledge racks that she designed to show her most fragile artwork in her two works --
Although the house has undergone great changes, so has Fox.
Four years ago, her photographer told her that because she could take pictures on her own, he didn't need to come and take pictures of her artwork all the time.
He looked around for all the equipment she needed and showed her how to use it.
She started working on glass and clay three years ago.
Her team includes glass hair dryers Lisa Samphire and Jay Macdonell, who first suggested it would be great to explain her work with glass.
Fox explained: "It was a big learning curve in the first few years, especially in trying to make these ships with long stems and developing new technologies to create these forms.
"But we are now moving forward.
"Some of her exotic works can now sell for $5,000. (
On November, she held an exhibition and sales event on gallesburg Street, Winchester. 29. )
When people comment on the number of pieces in each room, Fox also makes daily cutlery and laughter.
"What can I say?
I am my biggest fan.
What's the point that you don't appreciate your own work?
"She works long hours but occasionally takes the time to relax on the front deck and enjoy the feeling of the community.
"Sit in your front yard and open to the street, like going back to 1960.
I have collected a lot of stones from the beach on the island and I plan to use them as a base for my cabin.
She said the result of the decoration was thousands of times better than she hoped.
"It's really nerve --
It's painful to do such a big financial thing . . . . . . Debt is a bit disturbing to me and a big deal.
But I 've been creating beauty all my life and that's how I'm going to spend the rest of my life.
Mary Fox has been doing Potter all her life and she knows how challenging it is to survive as an artist, especially in the first place.
"It was a dream come true when I was finally able to own a house, a studio and a gallery.
"She now envisioned helping others by creating an artist --in-
After her death, her home will be used by a young ceramic artist for up to three years while they explore their art and build it up.
The Heritage project she said would be responsible for the maintenance of buildings, venues, equipment, taxes and insurance, while resident artists would be responsible for the supply, utility costs, and ensuring that pottery is open to the public.
"They can sell their work through the gallery, and at the end of their residency, they should know if the life of the Potter studio is right for them," Fox said . ".
"I hope they will succeed and can save enough money to continue making pottery by themselves.
When: 11 point where is the tour of a. Cowichan Artisan Studio: Cowichan Valleym. to 4 p. m. Nov.
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The tour guide is free, and the home of Porter Mary Fox will be on a tour of coicahn artisan studios next weekend, which features-the-
A live tour of the works, studios and residences of more than a dozen awardswinning fine-
Crafts creators living in the valley.
Artisans include custom furniture manufacturers, inlaid and automotive carpentry, jewelry designers, painters, stone artisans and wood artisans, as well as a number of ceramic and glass artists.
For more information, go to cowichanartisans. com. .