Special to The Nor’wester
Linda Yates and David Hayashida, owners and operators of Kings Point Pottery, are poised for success.
The creative duo already have several provincial and national awards under their belts and continue to build on their already impressive resumes in the world of art. You may recall just this past fall, they were nominated by the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador (CCNL) for the prestigious Saidye Bronfman Award, Canada’s foremost distinction for excellence in fine craft. They will compete nationally for the award and its $25,000 prize which will be selected and presented in March this year. David said “It’s an amazing thing to be nominated because there is only one winner each year and in the 35 years since the creation of the Saidye Bronfman, there has only been 6 or 7 winners in the clay medium and there are so many mediums to choose from, and there has never been a winner from Newfoundland and Labrador.” Linda agrees and also added “to be nominated so early in our career is really special.”
Most recently they have been accepted as part of a gallery show called “Gallery at ACTS” for “One Of A Kind Work” to take place at the Atlantic Craft Trade Show (ACTS) in Halifax in February. They have selected three very special unique pieces for the gallery exhibit which will be viewed by four American galleries and three Canadian galleries and all the buyers attending the show will have an opportunity to see their work as well. They are also nominated by the CCNL for “Outstanding Retailer”, an Atlantic Craft Award For Excellence. Awards presentation will take place during the ACTS show and they are keeping their fingers crossed for a win.
In addition to their many nominations, awards and gallery showings, they have received an incredible amount of media attention. They have enjoyed recognition in Ceramic Review articles in publications in Australia, U.S. and will be in an upcoming U.K. review which will be covering events and exhibits of the International Craft Trade Show in South Korea in 2009. You could say it was this show that put them on the world stage, with their incredible giant tin kettle exhibit, a 12 foot high and 8 foot wide structure that held 230 pottery soda cups. This exhibit gained them the gateway placement at the show and their names on the cover of the show catalogue.
When asked what contributed to their recent success, they said it was a combination of hard work, a lot of luck and great support. Linda says they owe a lot of their success to her pop, Calvin, who at 89 is still their Mr. Fix It for the business. He was actually the brains behind the design for the 12 foot structure used at the show in South Korea.
Kings Point Pottery will be celebrating 20 years in business this year and will be planning special events this summer. They are also taking on a major renovation this winter to expand their front shop area. Their shop currently displays their own pottery work as well as arts and crafts from 130 Newfoundland local artists. The expansion will allow them to support many new artists. David and Linda are partners in life and in work, sharing their passion for pottery. It is a way of life to them, not a job, and their works of art that they produce certainly reflects the love they have for it.