Jay Cryderman (Canadian 1910 - 1995), Flower Pot, ca.1980

9 inches tall
Notes: Stamped Cryderman, Penticton on the bottom.
Jay Cryderman was born in Rosebank, Manitoba in 1910. He was schooled in Winnipeg and then taught at Bicton Heath School near Winnipegosis, Manitoba. It was here that Cryderman met his future wife, Midge. They had two daughters, Maureen and Shirley.
In 1940 Cryderman joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. He served with the Royal Air Force in radar in the British Isles, Egypt, East Africa and Ceylon. He attained the rank of Flight Lieutenant and due to the quality of his penmanship was also employed as stenographer.
After the war, he entered the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba. In 1950 he and Midge purchased a drugstore in Beausejour, Manitoba, which they operated for 7 ½ years. It was here that their third daughter, Leslie, was born.
The family moved to Penticton in 1960 where Cryderman worked part-time, first in Turk’s Pharmacy and then MacInnis’ Pharmacy. After a few years he took up pottery in preparation for retirement. When daughter Maureen opened the Pottery Shop in 1970, Jay had a hard time trying to keep up with the demand for his work. He became well-known for his distinctive cream coloured pottery with dark brown precision designs scratched through the cream glaze.
Cryderman was one of the original members of the Penticton Potters’ Guild and provided valuable assistance and advice when the organisation was just being formed. He is remembered as an important instructor for his peer Phylis Noel, with whom he initiated pottery courses at the Penticton Retirement Centre.
A scholarship was created in honour of Jay Cryderman through the Potter’s Guild, being awarded to high school students interested in pursuing the arts. Past president Barry Ryan said about Cryderman “Jay was a constant advisor to all members seeking information on throwing, handbuilding, firing, decorating and glazing. His dedication and unselfishness to pass on his knowledge to future potters was unprecedented and past and present members are and will be forever grateful”.
Members of the Penticton Potters’ Guild referred to Cryderman as “Mr. Pottery . . . the Gentleman Potter of the Okanagan Valley”.

Related artists: Mary Ursuliak, Walter Dexter, Maureen Cryderman

1. Barry Ryan quoted in Forsyth, Don. “Potters’ guild paying homage to Mr. Pottery.” Penticton Western News, May 3, 1995.

2. “Mr. Pottery”, Penticton Western, May 3, 1995.

Lot Name
Jay Cryderman (Canadian 1910 - 1995), Flower Pot
9 inches tall

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