Decorative and Functional Works by
Jane Murray-Smith


Welcome to Dragonfly Pottery!

Like so many people who work with clay, it is the essential tactile experience, the very realness of molding clay, either by hand or on the wheel that was the initial draw for me.

My inspiration for handbuilding comes from the natural world. One of the very first raku tiles I carved is of a woman transforming into a tree. I handbuild raku seals, otters, rabbits, and when asked, make pet portraits of raku dogs and cats as figurines or as part of memorial urns or stoneware dog treat jars.

Many horsehair and feather vases, lamps, jars and baskets include the feather imprints of our Canada goose, and other mystery feathers that I find on our walks.

I equally love to throw functional work that is not only beautiful and elegant to see, but friendly to hold and use daily as your favourite mug, jug, teapot or bowl. Each piece has to look and feel exactly right.


In 2002 I become a full time potter and joined a group of professional potters, and in 2003 opened our gallery, Pyromania Pottery in Coombs BC.


I am inspired on a daily basis by my fellow artist and husband Christopher M. Smith of Glaskrafter Art Glass, with whom I share a home as well as our Phoenix Gallery of Glass and Ceramic Art in Lantzville BC

Summer Sales on Vancouver Island

All summer sales are with husband Christopher M Smith, showing  as Phoenix Gallery

Nanaimo Potter’s Guild Spring Sale - Saturday and Sunday before Mother’s Day

Art in the Garden  -  Nanoose Bay - June or July

Nautical Days - Comox-  Canada Day weekend

Art and Music in the Garden - Horticultural Centre of the Pacific - Victoria - mid August

Christmas Sales on Vancouver Island

Mid-Island Potters Sale - Parksville Conference Centre -  last Sunday in  October

Campbell River Potters Sale - Campbell River Sportsplex - Saturday before Remembrance Day

Comox Valley Potters Club Sale -  Florence Filberg Centre - 3rd Saturday in November

Nanaimo Potter’s Guild Christmas Sale - First Friday, Saturday and Sunday in November