For over forty years they have been a mainstay of Nova Scotia pottery. Although their work displays their individual interests and talents, it is always recognizable as their distinctive brand, Birdsall-Worthington pottery. Their earthenware works reach across many genres including functional, commemorative and jewellry.
Enjoy their story and let them know how much you appreciate their art and contribution to Canadian studio ceramics.
Barbara Tipton portrait from Ceramics Monthly, December 1987
Barbara Tipton. 2004. Horse plate, wheel thrown white stoneware, approximately 15 cm across, brush decorated greenware with dilute cobalt/manganese wash and a more saturated line, iron brush “spatters”, fired in a gas kiln to cone 8-9.
I have added a page on Barbara Tipton. For over three decades Barbara has explored the theme of cups, saucers and teapots in a unique and instantly recognizable style. What Barbara can do to a subject that is so often taken for granted will take your breath away!
Also included, providing a strong contrast, is a sampling of Barbara’s functional pottery.
Enjoy the page and let Barbara know you how much you admire her work.
Les Manning. 2007. Sun Up/Sun Down . Laminated stoneware, porcelain with celadon glaze, sandblasted. 18.5 x 25 x 21 cm. Collection: Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
I have added a page on Les Manning, artist, teacher, mentor to so many. I hope the page gives you insights into Les the man, as well as Les the artist.
Les Manning. 2011 Carnival. 46 x 32 x 40 cm. Photo: Dianne and Cecil Finch.
Les Manning’s roots are small town Alberta. His life has encompassed the world. Many can recognize his signature style of mountain landscapes but his most recent works in the Common Opposites exhibition are pure Les Manning, free to be himself.
Based on many of the enquiries I have received I am thinking about adding a section on ‘Signatures, Marks, Chops’ to the studioceramicscanada.com website. Would this be of interest and value to you, artists, collectors, readers and followers?
Let me know your thoughts by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or commenting below on this post.
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.
Marks and more marks. Does anyone recognize these marks on the base of this bowl? I do know the marks and bowl style are not Ruth Gowdy McKinley’s but whose are they? The bowl was bought on the secondary market. Enquiring minds want to know.
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.