northeastern folk art
Erin McArthur and Mike Gillan, as Northeastern Folk Art, have made their mark on the local ceramics landscape with their distinctive raku-fired work. A marriage of the east and west coast, (both in the figurative and the literal sense,) Erin and Mike began making pottery and giftware, bringing together different backgrounds for ideas and designs. Mike, a chef by profession, has had a lifelong passion for carving and polishing stones. Erin gladly left the corporate world once an encore career making art became possible. In September, Erin was selected to be the provincial representative to the Canadian Crafts Federation.
More recently, they’ve been exploring the development of food safe porcelain ware. Some is simple everyday ware, and the other, decorative and colourful one-of-a-kind pieces made using the potter’s wheel and various hand building techniques.
Together, Erin and Mike create a line of pottery and giftware that is carried in gift shops around the province and beyond, as well as held in private collections around the world. Their work is inspired by a love of the sea, happy summers at the shore with family and friends and the small joys of everyday life. Erin and Mike divide their time between St. John’s and Bell Island with occasional adventures further afield.
Erin is joins the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation as a senior craft practitioner and mentor until the end of December, 2016.