Thomas Kakinuma, Peacock (detail), glazed ceramic, 1963. Photograph by Ken Mayer Studios, 2018
The Ceramic Art of Thomas Kakinuma, January 24 to March 10, 2018.
West Vancouver Museum
680 17th Street, West Vancouver BC, V7V 3T2
Opening Reception: January 23, 7 to 9 p.m.
The Ceramic Art of Thomas Kakinuma is the artist’s first substantial retrospective offering a rare opportunity to see works from public and private collections. The exhibition is organized by the West Vancouver Museum, in collaboration with the Kakinuma Family, Debra Evelyn Sloan, Dr. Carol E. Mayer, Allan Collier and Stacy Reynaud.
Panel Discussion: Thomas Kakinuma in Context on Saturday, February 10, 2 p.m. Speakers: Debra Evelyn Sloan (ceramicist), Dr. Carol E Mayer (curator), Allan Collier (curator/collector) and Stacy Reynaud (collector)
Keith Campbell. 2017. C/6 porcelain plate with photo stencil airbrushed, drawn, brushed, sgrafitto image with a clear glaze 35 cm wide
Keith Campbell continues his commentary on Canadian history and politics with “TOASTING 150” celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday with the portraits of the 23 Prime Ministers of Canada on porcelain toast. The works are part of a 50 years retrospective, “50 Years in Clay: Still more to Say“, at Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery in London, ON, from Sept 14 to Sept 30th.
Jan and Helga Grove in their garden at Sooke Rd studio, c. 1970, photo by Karl Spreitz
I have added a page on Jan and Helga Grove. Their training in Germany was intense and traditional but their work is so modern. Working out of the Victoria BC area Jan and Helga brought a new view to traditions outside of the dominant Leach-Hamada tradition.
Their retrospective exhibition curated by Allan Collier at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria continues until until May 28, 2017. Catch it if you are in the region. Or obtain the 128 page hard cover catalogue if you want a lasting memory.
If you are in Calgary from October 15 to December 19, 2015, you cannot afford to miss this exhibition at the Nickle Art Gallery, University of Calgary.
Curated by Michele Hardy and with a catalogue essay by Amy Gogarty, the show promises to be a much needed exploration into the ceramic art of that icon of Alberta ceramics, John Chalke.
“John Chalke’s ‘clay paintings’ are conceptual ceramic works that dance between sculpture and painting. Inspired by the landscape of southwestern Alberta no less than its local clay, minerals, textures, and fissures, Chalke’s works are richly textured. Surface Tension draws on public and private collections from across Canada to explore the horses and cows, bottles and broken crockery, aerial views and archaeology of Chalke’s personal iconography”
Visit, learn, enjoy. And let me know how you liked the exhibition.