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.
May 1st, 1974 — David Lambert, potter, at his home in Ryder Lake near Sardis. Photo courtesy John Denniston, http://www.johndenniston.ca
I have added a page on David Lambert, potter and animateur to the studioceramicscanada.com website. Often referred to as the “father” of BC ceramics Lambert left a legacy that is respected by ceramists today.
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.
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.
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.