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.
studioceramicscanada.com has published a new page Pottery on Prince Edward Island. Not all collections are physical, material. This one is virtual, a website. The collection is of particular interest in that the publisher, Ian Scott, has also had the foresight to document artists’ signatures and marks. This is a gift to collectors and researchers. If only more organizations,sites and publications would do the same. Identification and collecting would be so much easier.
Paula Murray’s porcelain works reflect an inquisitive mind exploring the natural and the spiritual within the individual and within the group. Shells and shorelines, bowls and reeds are her literal subjects, as individuals or in groups. Within these forms she explores the forms and stresses, the cracks and pressures of surface and shape as porcelain and fibreglass are folded, pressed and stained. Her work displays effects ranging from an almost exact individual zoological precision to the subtle metaphorical individuality of surfaces and shapes within a grouping. Subtlety and contemplation are constants.
Stay tuned. More pages are in the works on artists such as Ann Mortimer, Susan Collett, Enid Legros-Wise, Connie Pike, Les Manning, Stan and Jean Clarke and many others. Anyone who has memories or images of these artists they would be willing to share please contact me.
Welcome to a new page on studioceramicscanada.com on the Hansen-Ross Pottery in Fort Qu’ Appelle, Saskatchewan. David Ross and Folmer Hansen maintained a joint studio focusing on Scandinavian and Leach-inspired art in the middle of the Canadian prairies. Much of the material is based on an interview I had with Folmer Hansen many years ago.
Stay tuned. More pages are in the works on artists such as Paula Murray, Ann Mortimer, Susan Collett, Enid Legros-Wise, Connie Pike, Les Manning, Stan and Jean Clarke and many others. Anyone who has memories or images of these artists they would be willing to share please contact me.
studioceramicscanada.com has just published a new page on the iconic artist Ruth Gowdy McKinley. Much of the page is based on an interview I conducted with Ruth, December 8, 1980. Much help was also provided by her daughter, Lauren McKinley Renzetti. Thank you Lauren.
Click on the link above and enjoy the page, the images and the passion of a great ceramist.
A little help please. Does anyone recognize these artists’ marks below?
Unknown Pot Signature 1
The first may have Inuit connections from the ’60s or ’70s even though the signature itself does not appear Inuit. The clay seems to be a heavily grogged stoneware. The base looks as though it was cut straight from the batt.
bluebird pot signature 1
The second may have come from the London region. The foot is trimmed with the signature incised before the glaze firing.
Just leave a comment to this post. Many thanks for any help.