Rockcliffe Pottery Commanda Lake
Rockcliffe Pottery 599 Commanda Lake Road RR 1 Nipissing, Ontario, P0H 1W0
Tony "The Potter"

Smiling Potter

Welcome Back
to Our Valued Customers

Another season has began
and we are excited to invite you
back to our studio or for a first time visit.

We are thrilled to show
you some of our new products
we have created in the Pottery Studio
as well as our crafts from North America
and abroad.

We welcome you to come in
and enjoy yourself as you browse
and catch up with the staff.

We look forward
to seeing you soon.

Artist Background

Antonia Gijsbers was born in the Netherlands in 1943.

She was the last child born in a family of 5, 3 sisters and 1 brother.
Her parents were merchants.
In 1963 she married John and immigrated to Canada with their 2 sons.

The call of the north beckoned them and it their two sons and now one daughter they moved to Commanda Lake. They purchased a tourist resort and it became Rockcliffe cottages, named after the large rock overlooking the lake on their property. When there forth child was born, a son and he started grade one, Tony went to Canadore College and graduated three years later (1981) with her diploma in Crafts and Design, specialization in ceramics.

Tony choose the medium of stoneware for her works.

"I became a production potter inspired by the ceramic artist Micheal Casin, from England, who visited while I was still at Canadore College. I loved his forms, functional works and the reduction process of his finished pottery. He was so generous with his knowledge, a real nice down to earth gentleman. Right after college we opened up my first studio called Rockcliffe Pottery in 1981"

Artist Statement

Pottery Vase Turning I am a person who always loved to make things. The medium of clay is my driving force, rather than a concept or idea. Clay allows you so much freedom it is very forgiving, you can add and subtract from it, form it into something from nothing. I am definitely one who thrives in a production environment, it is so rewarding and I feel a sense of accomplishment.

When I am working with clay, I am at peace and instant calm. It is where I run too when I need to relax, or clear my mind. This is my favourite part of the process of making pottery. It is a passion.

I have always been drawn to natural colours, inspired by my surrounding, my first glaze I used was a tan glaze in which I take clay from my backyard and makes a nice tan colour. True to my character, I like to move, and never in a delicate way I enjoy dipping, pouring and splashing glazes on my pots as an expression of who I am, and the way I move as a person creating a variety of patterns I call art.

In the process of s firing pots, I get excited and anxious to see the pottery completed and what the kiln will produce with spontaneously movement of the fire to the glazes. Every piece is unique in their patterns, and I like that I can not duplicate them.

Rockcliffe Pottery 599 Commanda Lake Road,
R.R. # 1 Nipissing, Ontario, P0H 1W0