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Daien RosnerBy MYRON LOVE Two local potters who sold their wares at Tarbut for the first time were satisfied with the results.


“This was my first Tarbut,” says Lainie Rosner, “and most of my pieces sold.”
“I received many positive comments at Tarbut,” says Marim Daien Zipursky.
Daien Zipursky has been involved in the art world in one form or another for her entire adult life. Currently a researcher for External Relations at the University of Manitoba, she is the holder of a Fine Arts degree (Art History) from the university; as well, she has had a great deal of experience in arts administration. Daien Zipursky notes that she was originally hired by the university on an interim basis as the university’s art collection co-ordinator.
She initially took up pottery over ten years ago when she returned to Fine Arts at the university as a special student with an interest in studying clay work. “I have always had an interest in pottery,” Daien Zipursky says. “I was inspired by the example of my aunt, Razie Brownstone, who was a potter and for years did all the workshops and craft sales. I grew up admiring her work. So I have a personal connection.”
On her return to university, Daien Zipursky linked up with several other older Fine Arts students. The group of artists formed a collective called “Grey Matters” and organized several exhibitions. She has also exhibited over the years through the Manitoba Craft Council, Clifton Studios, Gallery Lacosse and the Fish Fly Gallery at Winnipeg Beach.
Daien Zipursky singles out veteran Winnipeg potter Alan Lacovetsky for the help and support that he has given her and other potters over the years.
She used to have a studio on Clifton Street but, after going to work full time at the university, she moved her studio into the basement of her River Heights home. “It made more sense,” she says.
She notes that most of her pieces are sculptural. “I use a smokefire, sawdust process,” she explains, “which leaves the clay body more porous and therefore less suitable for functional use.“
What she likes about the technique she uses, she says, is that she doesn’t have 100% control over the end result. “There is a bit of magic,” she says. “I try to create pattern and colour that accentuates the form by using organic material, oxides, salt and wire – but ultimately the firing process dictates the final product.”
Over the past two years, Daien Zipursky has expanded her geographic range in doing pottery on Prince Edward Island. “Our daughter, Shira, moved to PEI two years ago,” she says. “I have spent the last two summers there and made connections with a group of local potters. My holiday time is also my time for producing my artwork.”
Starting March 18, Daien Zipursky will be participating in a group exhibition called Five Directions at the Cre8ery (125 Adelaide Street).

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Lainie Rosner began working with pottery about ten years ago, when she took a summer course at the Stoneware Gallery. An Art, Biology and English teacher in the Seven Oaks School Division Adult Learning Centre, Rosner says that she first became intrigued with pottery during an archaeological dig she worked on in Greece in 1999.
She began devoting a lot more time to the craft about a year ago when her father (Gerald Rosner) installed a studio for her in the basement of her new home. “With a studio in my home, I have a lot more time to do pottery,” she says.
Operating under the “Fired Up Pottery” label, Rosner turns out many mugs and bowls – all functional pieces, she says. She notes that while she has tried different styles of pottery, she is drawn to the rough-looking, wood-fired pieces that are typical of Japan and Korea.
“I am still learning and trying different methods,” she says. “When I approach a piece of clay, I don’t always know what will turn out. It’s interesting to see what the clay and glaze will reveal. Some pieces came out of the kiln today and they were completely different from the last time I used the same glaze combination - unexpected, but absolutely gorgeous.”
She reports that she has previously displayed her works at the Cre8ery and at a number of craft sales. She also has a Facebook page: www.facebook.com/fireduppotterybylainie/.  As well, people can follow her on Instagram at  lainroz.