Olea Davis was an important early figure in BC ceramics. She taught at the UBC Pottery Hut and was the first president of the BC Potter's Guild. Born in Buffalo, NY in 1899, she moved to British Columbia in 1927 where she became active in the local arts community. She designed and promoted the dogwood flower as the official emblem of BC which was adopted by the legislature in 1952. About the same time she helped secure the Acadia Camp army huts on the UBC campus as the new location for the Pottery Extension program. This would prove pivotal in the development of the ceramic movement in British Columbia. She promoted others and exhibited her own work nationally and internationally.
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