The Muck Sisters move into Port Coquitlam

Pair of clay sculptors start their three-month residency at Leigh Square this week

The latest artists to take up a spot at Port Coquitlam’s Leigh Square Community Arts Village are a pair of clay sculptors whose speciality is whimsical creations.

And on Friday, Laura G and Ninna Sniders — better known as the Muck Sisters — will be the guests of honour at an opening reception hosted by the city.

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The “sisters,” who are members of the Tri-City Potters Group, will be at the Gathering Place from 4 to 6 p.m. to talk about their tenure at the village.

Their residency, which started Monday and runs for three months, will see them making functional and fun pieces such as Cup-a-tudes, a name they coined for their clever vessels of people and animals with certain attitudes.

In a press release from the city, Laura G. talked about how she fell in love with the material as a child and her attraction to the organic nature. “I love to experiment with texture and altered shapes,” she stated.

Ninna’s passion, on the other hand, found root about 15 years ago. She now has a home studio and builds mostly functional stoneware pottery with an edge.

“Every piece is unique and contains hints of knowledge I’ve gathered at local art centres, classes with Pacific Northwest ceramicists and even a touch of what I like to call YouTube University,” she stated.

The sisters will have their studio open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2253 Leigh Sq., PoCo.

Meanwhile, artists who want to apply for a city residency this or next year can call 604-927-8400 or email

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