Kakinuma’s teachings, personality and style were profound for the developing BC ceramic community. His life and work characterize the mid-century journey that ceramists undertook in those days. A collective and personal sense of the affection and respect for him can be felt in Debra’ s guest article.
Debra is not only a ceramist herself but also an author, historian and archivist on things BC pottery. Much that can be found today on the history of ceramics in BC are due to her work.
I have added a page on Val David, Quebec, ceramic sculptor, muralist and potter, Alain-Marie Tremblay.
His work spans over fifty years and includes the functional through to sculpture, tiles, architectural facades, murals and portals. His media include stoneware, porcelain and bétonique, the clay/concrete medium he developed.
His work has also been extensively recognized, exhibited and collected internationally yet he stays true to Val David to create his works.
Tom Smith. Small stoneware pot with a bronze lid, nd. 10.2. h x12.7 w cm. Collection Judy Blake.
Tom Smith Strathbutler Award 1992
Teacher, early social activist, and ceramist, Tom Smith moved through many careers and activities to become one of the most respected ceramic artists of New Brunswick. Enjoy the journey through his life and art.
By the way, if you have pictures and stories about Tom you would like to share, contact me via the comment section below.
I have added a page on the major Quebec artist, Gaétan Beaudin. His name appears on the resumes of many of today’s major ceramists. His love of the medium, his searching, his experimenting, and his organizing, at a time when resources were few, have been a major influence on the aesthetics and creativity of many of Quebec ceramists today. He was an opinionated but also a most sharing man.
After 1982 the information on his life and work becomes more sparse. There is still more research to be done on this later period. Nonetheless, enjoy reading about his life and thoughts, and viewing a selection of his works
Judy Blake. Saggar fired Vessel, 2005. 30 cm h x 28 cm w. White earthenware. This piece shows the lines from the ‘fuming’ of the copper wire on the shoulder.
Enjoy the elegant forms and birds and the dynamic surfaces of Canadian ceramist Judy Blake. Judy’s specialty is smoke firing in its many forms: naked raku, sawdust and saggar firing. Tucked away in Lincoln, NB, she is making her presence felt on the national and international scene.
The page on Brendan Tang and his art is the first page for the 2015 year for Studio Ceramics Canada.
Brendan, an award winner and currently an instructor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design has developed styles and themes that incorporate his interests ranging from traditional Chinese Ming ware to European Rococo Orientalism and decoration, to Japanese Manga and Anime, to Techno-Pop. His work can be provocative or subtle but is always thought provoking.
Look for future pages on artists such as Judy Blake, Stan and Jean Clarke, and John Chalke.
Brendan Tang with Les Manning, Susan Collett, Ann, Mortimer and Ann Roberts at the IAC General Assembly Dublin 2014
This page has been underway for a long, long, long time. With classic timing I connected with Connie last year, the very day High River, Alberta, was hit by extensive flooding. Pike studios has well recovered. Connie has been most patient.