Category Archives: Artist Update

when an existing artist page is updated

Keith Campbell and Slide Show Updates a New Feature on Studio Ceramics Canada

Keith Campbell. 2012. "She Would Not Be Amused". Thrown porcelain stein with lid, sculpted, handbuilt, photo stencil image, drawn and airbrushed, pink stain with a clear glaze over and fired to C/6. Gold lustre fired ti C/018. It is 22 cm tall.

Keith Campbell. 2012. “She Would Not Be Amused”. Thrown porcelain stein with lid, sculpted, handbuilt, photo stencil image, drawn and airbrushed, pink stain with a clear glaze over and fired to C/6. Gold lustre fired ti C/018. It is 22 cm tall.

I am adding a new feature to the website. To take advantage of the internet’s dynamic potential I will be occasionally adding a slide show and comments to previously published artist pages.  Books, as magnificent as they are, quickly become dated.  Artists’ directions and creations are constantly changing. I will post an announcements on new image updates as they are created with a link to the artist’s page.

This feature, which will be at the end of the page’s “Gallery” section, will illustrate newly created, or newly discovered/uncovered, works by artists previously published. Look for the heading titled “Slide Show and  Update.”

The first artist to be updated is Keith Campbell. Keith is an artist who very much wears his political heart on his sleeve.

Let me know what you think of the feature.

Debra Sloan, One Busy Lady

 

Sloan mek posterOver the past several months Debra Sloan has been non-stop. Honouree for Craft and Design for this year’s Mayor’s Art Award, she also had work at SOFA in Chicago in the MEK Gallery.

She was accepted into the Ceramics, Residencies, Exhibitions, Teaching and the Arts (C.R.E.T.A) – Rome residency, supported by the Hilda Gerson Award.

sloan gone roamingShe will be guest artist with the All Fired Up group in Victoria this spring, including a wood firing at Gordon Hutchen’s place on Denman Island. Currently she is also in the Best B4 Collective Exhibition, – Telling Stories.

Whew, I’m getting tired just writing this. Congratulations, Debra!

Alexandra McCurdy Elected to the RCA

Alexandra McCurdy. The work representing Alexandra at the inductee exhibition. Blue Box with Copper Wire, with an accompanying wall piece. Size of the box is 13X13X13cm; the wallpiece is 19X19X19cm. Porcelain, wire and beads (as connectors) and copper wire. Photo: Steve Farmer.

Alexandra McCurdy. The work representing Alexandra at the inductee exhibition. Blue Box with Copper Wire, with an accompanying wall piece. Size of the box is 13X13X13cm; the wallpiece is 19X19X19cm. Porcelain, wire and beads (as connectors) and copper wire. Photo: Steve Farmer.

Good news! Nova Scotia artist, Alexandra McCurdy has been elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts  at its 35th RCA Annual General Assembly, Montreal, Quebec, May 14-17.

Congratulations, Alexandra! You can read more about Alexandra McCurdy RCA and her work on her page on this site.

Keith Campbell, Still Keeping Busy On Political Commentary And Ceramics in North Bay

Keith Campbell.

Keith Campbell. “Never Enough For The Duff”! 2015. Height 38 cm, C/6 Porcelain, oxidation, just bisque and then glaze firing, sculpted thrown airbrush stencil, drawn and painted with stains with a clear glaze.

Keith Campbell has a keen eye for political commentary and is keeping busy ensuring that ceramics in North Bay has a home.

His latest foray into political comment skewers the Senate spending scandals. Works on such subjects as Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin are merciless in their message and interpretation. The local CTV station has a 2 ½ minute video (ignore the unavoidable 33 second ad that precedes) interviewing Keith and showing examples of his past and most recent jabs at the body politic. Yet Keith is not a cynic. There is, rather, a puckish humour that has been expressed throughout his career. Keith extends the format of such works by including a figurative element on the top of what is almost a money wrapped drink can

But that is not all he has accomplished. The North Bay & area Potters Guild is now a reality. Along with Keith at the May 15 ribbon cutting ceremony are local politicians, administrators, and Emma Quinn of Craft Ontario. The very survival of ceramics in the North Bay area has been a a major concern of Keith’s, and now, ultimately, a successful base.

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: VP Dermot Wilson, Pres. Keith Campbell, city councillor Jeff Serran, MP Jay Aspin, Executive Director of Craft Ontario Emma Quin, Geoff Richardson our landlord,and President of Canadore College George Burton with Amy and Manon holding the ribbon.

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: VP Dermot Wilson, Pres. Keith Campbell, city councillor Jeff Serran, MP Jay Aspin, Executive Director of Craft Ontario Emma Quin, Geoff Richardson our landlord,and President of Canadore College George Burton with Amy and Manon holding the ribbon.

Well done, Keith! Also, check out Keith Campbell’s updated page on this site.

Wild! New Work by Connie Pike and Friends in the Blue Rock Gallery, Black Diamond, Alberta, April 11-30, 2015

Connie Pike at Wild Exhibition, Blue Rock Gallery April 11-30

Connie Pike at Wild Exhibition, Blue Rock Gallery April 11-30

Connie Pike is exhibiting new looking work in a an exhibition with fellow artists Mady Thiel-Kopstein and Darlene Swan.
The exhibition will be at the Blue Rock Gallery, 110 Centre Ave. W., Black Diamond, AB, opening Saturday April 11, 4-7 pm.

Susan Collett Meets Royalty in Canada House London

Susan Collett's Invitation to Canada House, London

Susan Collett’s Invitation to Canada House, London

Congratulations to Susan Collett! Her work is now also in  the new Canada House, London. As part of the occasion she will be meeting the Queen and duke of Edinburgh. Some invitation!

Robin Hopper, A New E-book, A Potter’s Garden – An Artist’s Approach To Creative Garden-Making

Robin Hopper, A Potter's Garden, Cover

Robin Hopper, A Potter’s Garden, Cover

Robin Hopper has published a new e-book on a long time and very personal passion, gardening,  particularly his “Anglojapanadian” garden in Metchosin, BC. It is a guided stroll through a 40+ year labour of love and love of life.

Now that he has moved on from making pots he continues his two other loves, writing and gardening and perhaps a third, philosophy. For those who think of Robin as just a potter the book is an eye-opener. It gives a deeper insight into key sources of his art and what inspired him in his career: nature and cultures, especially Japanese aesthetics. It shows a deeper side of Robin that few know about but is fundamental to his personality and aesthetic. His life has come full circle and now the garden encapsulates all his learnings and yearnings.

The book not only explains the why and how of developing this garden but also acts as a guide-book for visitors to enjoy its features, flora and fauna. It is divided into 5 sections that Robin describes:

“This book starts with a brief background about my life and the role that my unusual childhood had in both my passion for ceramics and gardening. The second section will introduce you to my one-of-a-kind “Anglojapanadian” garden complete with a virtual walkthrough of it with pictures of each area. The third section will look at garden design principles through an analogy to the human body. The fourth section will look at the ways that any knowledge of, experience in, or appreciation of one of more areas within the art field can be utilized in designing a garden. The final section will discuss the importance of the garden as inspiration and look at the role that the garden has played in my work as a potter.”

The garden has been part of his life and art plan in Metchosin from the very beginning, not some later life fill-in or afterthought. He describes its start-up with his wry sense of humour:

“Masochistic as it may have seemed at the time, the project entailed turning this mass of misery into a presentable family home, showroom, gallery, two studios and garden to entice people to visit.”

The book is not just about plants in gardens, but is also about thoughts and ideas. It has, therefore, particular delights for gardening enthusiasts. For the pottery lover it also has its pottery elements: section four looks at his bird forms, parabolic bottles and substrate paintings.  It also includes mention of  his 2D art and theatre design experience, quite typical of Robin and his writings. For Robin everything is connected. Here, for example, gardening and ceramics are both a combination of art and science.

For Robin as he reviews his life and career and the garden as focus:

“The end result has been well worth both the work and the wait! Paradise found.”

Robin Hopper and Judi Dyelle in their Metchosin garden

Robin Hopper and Judi Dyelle in their Metchosin garden

The 122 pages are well illustrated with photographs by his friends, and especially his wife and fellow potter,  Judi  Dyelle.

The e-book can be downloaded from the site https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/502522 for $9.99 US. It works best as an Adobe PDF document.

as Robin says,

“The going price would be about the same as three cups of good Coffee,”