Category Archives: Exhibitions/Collections

Alexandra McCurdy. Last Days To Catch Her January Exhibition And Sale At the Gardiner Shop.

If you haven’t done it yet make sure you catch Alexandra’s exhibition and sale in the Gardiner Museum shop. Yes, that’s the shop! The works are classic McCurdy, including her iconic boxes and bowls. Alexandra has a long relationship with the Gardiner. In fact, 30 years ago, as the first artist displayed in the shop, Peter Gzowski opened her show, a huge success, and interviewed her on Morningside. She was, therefore, invited to be the January 2018 featured artist to celebrate the Gardiner shop’s 30 years of operation.

The exhibition and sale run for the month of January. A must see for collectors and McCurdy fans!

Art Gallery of Burlington Page Added To Studio Ceramics Canada

Art Gallery of Burlington

Art Gallery of Burlington

I have added a short page on the Art Gallery of Burlington to The Collectors and Collections section of the site. The AGB is a major player in promoting, exhibiting and collecting Canadian ceramic artists. Check it out.

A Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery Page Added to Studio Ceramics Canada

The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery Logo

The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery Logo

I have added a page on the premier Canadian public gallery devoted to ceramics, enamel and glass.

Galleries, permanent and study collections, the Winifred Schantz and RBC awards coordination, archives, a library, and community programs are available to researchers and the public.

Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery is a must see stop for ceramic and glass enthusiasts and researchers.

MUD, Hands, fire Exhibition at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg

MUD, Hands Fire Exhibition, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg

MUD, Hands Fire Exhibition, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg

I couldn’t believe it! Here, so close to home. An exhibition that included some of the greatest names in Canadian studio ceramics. Hopper, Archambeau, McKinley, Irving, Dexter, Chalke and Sures are just some of the thirty five ceramists represented.  But no surprise really: the University of Manitoba School of Art has a long and distinguished history in the medium. Works are on loan from artists, and from private and museum collections such as the Art Gallery of Burlington.

Curator, Mary Ann Steggles, has produced a gem. She writes of the exhibition’s objective:

“This exhibition is a journey through the evolution of ceramics in Canada over the past fifty years …  it will serve as a historical backdrop … that I hope will lead to a larger appreciation of the studio pottery movement in Canada.”

MUD, Hands, fire. Opening Night

MUD, Hands, fire. Opening Night

She has arranged the works with simplicity and elegance. There is a western Canada emphasis, with the bulk of the works produced by potters living in BC and the prairies, with a nod to Ontario in the McKinley display.

There is also a functional ceramics emphasis. This has a special relevance today as many schools of ceramics are fending off the time-worn discussion of art vs craft, or are closing down, or, sadly, are already closed. Exhibitions such as this can hopefully help counter such thinking.

The exhibition also includes an extensive catalogue (131 pages) with historical articles  by Pat Bovey, Diane Carr, Susan Close, Coll Minogue and Steggles herself; and of course, biographies of the artists.

This is one exhibition not to be missed. Enjoy it. Learn from it. At the School of Art Gallery it continues until December 18, 2015.

You can see more details on the exhibition at the University of Manitoba School of Art site.

The Pottery Supply House Website Added to Studio Ceramics Canada

Pottery Supply House  Showroom

Pottery Supply House Showroom

I have added links to one of the most important and oldest retails suppliers to ceramists. They also have an extensive collection of Canadian Studio Ceramics. Check out the new page The Pottery Supply House.