Gillian McMillan

Medium: Clay

Region: Vancouver Coast & Mountains


Clay has been a major part of my life for more than three decades now!
At a Teacher Training College in London, England, I concentrated on
painting and lino print-making but was fascinated by pots being made
downstairs and took one course.
Quite a few years later, after I had immigrated to Canada to teach in
Montreal, moved West, married an archaeologist and we’d bought our first and only house here in Port Moody, I took pottery classes. While our two sons grew up I was lucky to be able to make and sell pots from home, and teach wheelthrowing at various community centres and schools in the Tricities area.

One of the best ideas I’ve had was to apply to go to Emily Carr College of Art & Design (now Institute) in 1991. Three years fulltime, with intensive Summer classes too, led to my BFA and the confidence to consider myself an artist.

Since then I’ve shared a studio in Vancouver, helped to launch an Arts
Centre in Port Moody with a flourishing clay programme, and now have
reestablished a comfortable studio in my basement and garden/kiln shed.
I teach intermediate wheelthrowing at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts,
Burnaby, and offer workshops on the application of slips to leatherhard
clay tiles and pots. Phone or email to ask the date of the next workshop. Sometimes I enjoy working on collaborations and special commissions.

Artist Website:

Contact Address:

Gillian McMillan
2214 St. George Street
Port Moody BC V3H 2G2

Tel: (604) 937-7696