Dave Settles is the studio's chief story-teller, kiln manager, glaze guru, and potter extraordinaire. A patient instructor and inspiring support, Dave is a daily presence in the studio, and always has an anecdote, advice, and some pithy insight.
A potter since 1962, Dave's resume is impressive. He has led series and seminars at ACAD and Red Deer College and has made pottery for untold numbers of collectors and buyers.
Among his many achievements, Dave counts having pottery commissioned by former Canadian prime minister, Brian Mulroney, who gifted one of the pieces to the then German Chancellor Kohl.
Dave's work has been gifted to dignitaries and VIPs around the world including the Foreign Minister of Mozambique, the Foreign Minister of Ivory Coast, The foreign Minister of Zambia, and the President of Bangladesh.
His work has been included in juried shows internationally, and he has hosted shows and worksh0ps for students in Greece, Ireland, Hungary, New Zealand, and South America.
Dave is allergic to bragging about himself....
Fairview Studios began in 1974 as Ceramics Canada, a slip casting operation of Polynesian drink ware.
Over the years, Ceramics Canada expanded into a pottery supplier; classes and a production pottery studio were established. Students used two hand built kick wheels and one electric Shimpo - still in use today!
In 1993, Fairview Studios was established as a separate entity, offering classes along with a production pottery. Ceramics Canada began operating solely as a pottery supply store and continues to operate as the go-to supply retailer in Calgary.
Fairview Studios has continued to grow over the years with its focus being recreational pottery training. We are pleased to be the chosen studio to an average enrolment of 60 students who enjoy a comfortable, enjoyable, collaborative atmosphere.
Fairview holds two student sales annually, one in spring and one in the fall, where students show off their work and their progress, and sell their art to enthusiastic buyers.