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Al Scott

Al Scott received his PhD. in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta in 1969.  In 1974, Josef Buchanan introduced him to pottery recreationally at the University of Alberta Students Union evening program.  In 1977 a course taught by Meredith Evans led to five years of extension course training by a fourth generation Kyoto potter, Noboru Kubo.  After a recess from pottery for fifteen years, during which time Al was fully engaged in the practice of Clinical Psychology, he retired in 1997, moving to Vernon, B.C. and resumed cultivating his interest in pottery.  He has subsequently studied glazing with Robin Hopper, throwing techniques from international experts Steven Hill, Tom Coleman, Suze Lindsay, Matt Long, Gaye Smith, Sandra Black and Tony Clennell extruding techniques from Bill Shinn as well as firing procedures from Randy Brodnax and Joe Brecha  at Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts at Pearson College near Victoria, B.C. 

Al has successfully had pottery accepted in juried shows with pieces being in private collections in Canada, the United States, England, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Romania and Japan. Prior to establishing his teaching studio at the Keddleston school on Silver Star Road, Al taught workshops at the Vernon Community Arts Centre.  His work is displayed for sale at the Vernon Art Gallery, the Kamloops Art Gallery and the Gallery Odin at Silver Star Mountain Ski Resort.

Most recently, Al, along with his twenty students, had a successful exhibition called 20+ Hands showing a total of 54 pieces at the Vernon Art Gallery. The show was from September 4 to October 30, 2008.

Al, a member of the potters guild of British Columbia, and the Okanagan Potters Association participating in shows normally held in Kelowna and Vernon.

Al through his company, Breakaway Pottery, ( is also a member of the Okanagan Artisans Guild participating in their annual show and sale in Vernon B.C.

Al is a member of the Tozan Kiln society headquartered in Nanaimo, British Columbia.  He occasionally participates in their wood firing.


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