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2010 June, Artist in Residence, Medalta International Artist-in-Residence Program, Medicine Hat, Alberta


1991-94 Full time student at ECCAD, majoring in ceramics (graduation April 1994).
Awarded BFA 1995

1988 - Present
  Workshops with Walter Keeler, Clary Ilian, Hank Morrow, Bruce Cochrane, Dale Pereira, Jeff Oestreich, Walter Ostrom, Josh de Weese, Ruthanne Tudball, John Leach, Les Manning, Jane Hamlyn and Chris Staley.

1984 Wood and salt-firing workshop with Douglas Phillips, Somerset, England

1971-77 Courses in Ceramics and Glaze Calculation at Douglas College, Surrey
[now Kwantlen UC]

1970-71 Pottery courses at Huyghe School of Pottery, Vancouver

1967-68 Painting course at Sir George Williams University, Montreal

1966-67 Graphic Design course at St. Martin's School of Art, London

1965-66 Pottery classes at West of England College of Art, Bristol

1961-64 Art Teacher Training in London, England


Founding member of Fraser Valley Potters' Guild
B.C. Potters' Guild (Board member 1994 - 99)
Crafts Association of BC
Artsconnect Arts Council (Coquitlam area)
Circle Craft
Port Moody Arts Centre Society
Founding member of TriCity Potters 2007


2010 Sept "TriCity Potters 2010", Blackberry Gallery, Port Moody Arts Centre, BC

2008 Feb 7 – Apr 6
“Contemporary Craft in British Columbia: Excellence within Diversity”, Vancouver Museum,
 British Columbia

2008 April “Fingerplay: BC in a Box” BCPG, Blackberry Gallery, Port Moody, BC

2007 May “Rara Avis” Solo Show, Circle Craft Gallery, Vancouver BC

2006 June 'Contemporary Canadian Ceramics', Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta

2006 Salt-glazed Jugbird in “Salzbrand: Keramik 2006”, Handwerkskammer Koblenz

2005 Pieces in Potters Guild of BC 50th Anniversary Shows: ‘BC in a Box’, ‘TransFormations’ at Burnaby Art Gallery, and BC/Tajimi, Japan.

2005 Feb First Prize-winner, ‘Clay 2005’, Fraser Valley Potters Guild, Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam

2004 April  'Animal Sculptures & Paintings', Candover Gallery, Alresford, Hampshire, England

2003 Sept “Ornithikos” Solo Show, Gallery of BC Ceramics, Vancouver BC

2000 Oct & Nov “Down to Earth”. Two person show at Amelia Douglas Gallery, Douglas College, New Westminster.

2000 Mar & April
  The Attic Project“The Attic Project” Eric Metcalfe (I made 27 Greek vessels for Eric to paint) Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge. The show was also exhibited at Maltwood Art Museum, Victoria and the Kamloops Art Gallery in 2001, at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery in early 2002, at the Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver in June – Sept 2002 and at the College Building Gallery, Saskatoon, Nov 2006 – Feb 2007.

1998 Sept Recent Work in Clay, Solo show, Port Moody Arts Centre.

1997 April "The Art of the Chair", Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam

1996 Oct & Nov "The Culture of Nature", Kamloops Art Gallery, ceramic collaboration with Eric Metcalfe.

1996 Oct "..there's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip..", Solo show, Gallery of BC Ceramics, Granville Island, Vancouver.

1996 July & Aug "Off The Wall" Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver.

1995 Sept. Prize-winner, "Clay 95", FVPG Annual Juried Show, Langley.

1995 Sept. World Tea Party, Presentation House, North Vancouver, ceramic collaboration with Eric Metcalfe.

1994 May Grad Show, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design

1994 Apr. "Images '94", Port Coquitlam. Piece selected for "Images & Objects XII", Campbell River, and "Markings" in Victoria.

1993 Nov. Prize-winner, "Fraser Valley Clay", Maple Ridge Art Gallery

1993 June Prize-winner, B.C. Potters Guild "Jugs" show, Canadian Craft Museum

1993 Mar. Prize-winner, FVPG Annual Juried Show, Community Arts Council Gallery, Vancouver.

1990 Oct. Prize-winner, FVPG Annual Juried Show, Langley

1990 May "Colour and Form", solo show, Place des Arts, Coquitlam

1987 May Honourable mention at "Images '87", juried show of Burnaby/New Westminster Arts Councils. Work subsequently exhibited at "Images and Objects '87", B.C. Festival of the Arts, Duncan

1986 May "Earth and Straw", two-person show with weaver Gitte Nelson at Place des Arts, Coquitlam


Circle Craft Scholarship to attend Medalta International Artist-in-Residence Program, 2010
Canada Council Travel Grant, March 2000
Winner of “Excellence in the Arts 1994” ARC (Coquitlam Area Arts Council) award.
Robin Mayer faculty scholarship for my final year at ECCAD (1993-94)
ARC grant for tuition for the 1993 Summer School at ECCAD


Contemporary Canadian Ceramics, Catalogue, Esplanade Art Gallery and Medalta International Artist in Residence Programme, 2006, pp 38 39.

500 Pitchers: Contemporary Expressions of a Classic Form, Lark Books, 2006, p 85.

Salt Glazed Jugbird500 Animals in Clay: Contemporary Expressions of the Animal Form, Lark Books, 2006, p 35.

Salzbrand: Keramik 2006, Handwerkskammer Koblenz

Evolution: 80 Years of Emily Carr Institute Alumni, Catalogue, ECI, 2005, p 54

TransFormations: Ceramics 2005, Catalogue, Potters Guild of British Columbia

Handmade Tiles TrayMaking and Installing Handmade Tiles, Angelica Pozo, Lark Books, 2005, pp 87 & 90.

Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface, Robin Hopper, 2004, kp books, p 163.

‘Gallery’, in Ceramic Review Nov/Dec 2003 Issue 204, p. 16.

The Attic ProjectThe Attic Project, by Gillian McMillan, in Artichoke. Special Edition #2, 2002, pp 8-13.

Eric Metcalfe, by Anna-Marie Larsen, in Border Crossings. May 2002 #82, pp 71 &72

The Attic Project: Eric Metcalfe, Catalogue 2000 Southern Alberta Art Gallery/Kamloops Art Gallery

Gillian McMillan, in Made of Clay: Ceramics of British Columbia Potters Guild of BC/Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver, BC 1998, p 97.

Gillian McMillan, in Contact : Ceramics from a Canadian Perspective. Winter 1996/97. #107, pp.41, 43.

Public Art

“Celebrating the Arts and Culture in Burnaby” a mosaic tile floor jointly commissioned by the Lougheed Town Centre (where it is installed) and Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. October 2002. Gillian was one of 6 clay artists who collaborated on this project, with the help of Shadbolt technicians.

“Pioneer Memories 2001” two concrete planters on St. George street traffic islands, commissioned by the City of Port Moody.