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Al Scott received his Ph.d. in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta in 1969. In 1974, Josef Buchanan introduced him to pottery recreationally at the University of Alberta Students Union evening program. In 1977 a course taught by Meredith Evans led to five years of extension course training by a fourth generation Kyoto potter, Noboru Kubo. After a recess from pottery for fifteen years, during which time Al was fully engaged in the practice of Clinical Psychology, he retired in 1997, moving to Vernon, B.C. and resumed cultivating his interest in pottery. He has subsequently studied glazing with Robin Hopper, throwing techniques from international experts Steven Hill, Tom Coleman, Suze Lindsay, Matt Long, Gaye Smith, Sandra Black, Tony Clennell, Ryan McKerley, Connor Burns, Rob Froese, Alan Burgess, Josh DeWeese, Vincent Massey, Reid Ozaki, Loren Lukens and extruding techniques from Bill Shinn, head sculpture from Elaine Brewer White, as well as firing techniques from Randy Brodnax, Joe Brecha, Don Ellis, Robert Piepenburg, James Watkins, and decorating from Judy Weeden at Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts at Pearson College near Victoria, B.C. In June 2010, Al participated in a 2-week workshop by Tony Clennell at La Meridana, an Internationational School of Ceramics, in Tuscany, Italy.
Al has successfully had pottery accepted in juried shows with pieces being held in private collections in Canada, the United States, England, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Romania and Japan. Prior to establishing his teaching studio at the Keddleston School on Silver Star Road, Al taught at the Vernon Community Arts Centre. His work is displayed at the Vernon Art Gallery, and Gallery Odin at Silver Star Mountain Ski Resort. Al is a member of the Enderby and District Arts Council showing his work at the Courtyard Gallery in Enderby, B.C.
Al, along with twenty students, held their first successful exhibition called 20+ Hands showing a total of 54 pieces at the Vernon Art Gallery September 4 to October 30, 2008. The second show with 81 pieces occurred October 21, 2010 to December 22, 2010. The third show of 45 pieces titled, “Playtz and Mugz” occurred January 10 to March 14, 2013. Al, accompanied by 13 students, was the August, 2018 featured artist at the Courtyard Gallery.
Al, through his company Breakaway Pottery, (www.Breakawaypottery.com) is also a member of the Okanagan Potter’s Association participating in their annual November show.
On January 25, 2010, Breakaway Pottery was chosen as one of three finalists in the studio tour contest sponsored by the international organization, Ceramics Art Daily.