Born and raised in the small outport community of King′s Point, Linda has deep roots to draw on for support and inspiration. With the help of her Father Calvin, they turned his 1960′s gas station into one of NL best known potteries. Now in his late 80′s pop continues to be the "Mr. Fix It" for the business.
Linda started her studies at West Viking College with Ray Mackie in Stephenville, NL, Canada and continued her fine arts degree at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, She apprenticed in both Nova Scotia with Ed and Betsy Goodstein of Grand Pre Pottery and in Scotland with George Young of Church Square Ceramics.
Born and raised in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, David spent much of his summers in the Algonquin Park area of Northern Ontario. David credits his Rigby-Cache-Algonquin experience with preparing him to be able to fully appreciate the raw and unspoiled beauty that NL has to offer.
David studied clay in High School at Eastwood Collegiate Institute under Jim Heard, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, studied Geography under Dr. Russell Muncaster from Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada and Commercial Interior Design under Marek Pain from Humber College, Toronto, Canada.
Between the Eagles soaring in the sky overhead King′s Point and the Whales in the deep water of Green Bay -that′s where you′ll find one of Newfoundland′s best known potteries.
We are Linda Yates and David Hayashida, partners in work and life, a creative team collaborating on every aspect of making pottery in a rural setting. Our pots reflect the passion we share for the environment we have chosen to live in. Pottery is our way of life and our pots get their life from the extraordinary world of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Since 1992 we have been creating an award winning line of blue and white functional pottery with our signature "Whales and Waves" designs. As clay artists producing ceramics intended for the home and table we enjoy the creative interplay between form and function.
Since 2003, we have expanded our horizons and have begun creating one-of-a- kind pieces that are fired in a specialized Salt/Soda kiln- the first of its kind in our province. The kiln uses a firing process that creates unique colors, textures and visual effects with each use. During the firing, we spray salt water from our local bay and soda ash into the kiln at 2300 degrees F and the dazzling results vary according to the orchestrated interaction between the salt/soda mixture, the flame path inside the kiln and the clay body. We are also exploring the use of rocks and minerals to create unique surfaces.
Inspiration comes from our local environment and historical research. Our 2006 solo show "Saucy Boats and Knotty Baskets" at the Craft Council Gallery in St. John′s gave us the opportunity to explore new forms, some of which were based on historical reference and some on the use of local materials combined with mixed media i.e using roots for handles.
Udderly 2 Sweet, King′s Point Pottery Gallery
Contained, Group show, traveled Nationally Contained, Group show, Jonathon Bancroft Snell Gallery, London Members Show, CCNL Merchant Vessels, group show, Art Gallery Of NL
Gala Show, Group show, CCNL Contained, Group show, CCNL
Saucy Boats and Knotty Baskets, CCNL
Members Show, CCNL
Heavenly Hosts, Group Show, CCNL
Newfoundland Table, Group Show
Awards are for both Linda (L) and David (D) unless otherwise noted.
Award for Excellence in Product Design, ACTS, Halifax, NS, 2009
Best New Product Award, CCNL, St John′s, 2008
Best Booth Award: CCNL St. John′s, 2007
Best Booth Award: SCTS, Springdale, NL, 2005
Community Development Award, EZC, 2004 (D)
Outstanding Achievement Award: CCNL, St. John′s, NL, 2004 (L)
Ambassador of Tourism Award, HNL, St. John′s, 2003 (D)
Golden Jubilee Medal, Queen Elizabeth II, Ottawa, 2002 (D)
Best Booth Award, CCNL, St John′s, 2000
Best Booth Award, CCNL, Corner Brook, 2000
New Creations Fund Grant, CIDP, 2000
Best Booth Award, CCNL, St John′s, 1998
Best Booth Award, CCNL, Corner Brook, 1998
Best New Product Award, CCNL, St John′s, 1994
Technical Merit Award, ARIDO, 1987 (D)