Category Archives: Contemporary

2000-present

Donn Zver Page Added To Studio Ceramics Canada

Donn Zver today, at his Troy, Ontario studio.
Donn Zver today, at his Troy, Ontario studio.
Donn Zver. 1985. Stoneware Jar. Copper red glaze with a opal blue top. 33 x 22.9 cm.
Donn Zver. 1985. Stoneware Jar. Copper red glaze with a opal blue top. 33 x 22.9 cm.

I have added a page on Ontario potter, entrepreneur and animateur Donn Zver.

A key figure in developing and sustaining pottery in Ontario, Donn Zver has created a workplace and body of work that has earned him the wide respect not only of fellow potters but also the admiration and friendship of customers .

Enjoy the page. Let Donn know you have read it.

Donn Zver and Barry Morrison in front of his kiln, Troy, Ontario.
Donn Zver and Barry Morrison in front of his kiln, Troy, Ontario.

Valerie Metcalfe RCA Page Added To Studio Ceramics Canada

Valerie Metcalfe at 1000 Miles Apart conference, University of Manitoba. October, 2015.

Valerie Metcalfe at 1000 Miles Apart conference, University of Manitoba. October, 2015.

Valerie Metcalfe.. 2017. Skyscape/Landscape plate. Porcelain, solder, glass. 40.6 cm w.

Valerie Metcalfe.. 2017. Skyscape/Landscape plate. Porcelain, solder, glass. 40.6 cm w.

I have added a page on Winnipeg ceramist Valerie Metcalfe to Studio Ceramics Canada. Valerie has been a key ceramic artist in Winnipeg for over forty years. Her work varies from the elegantly functional to the eye-stopping artistic. The sample of works presented will give only a hint of her production but what a hint!

Enjoy the story of Valerie Metcalfe. Let her know how much you enjoy her work.

 

Barbara Tipton Page Added to Studio Ceramics Canada

 

 

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.

The Stoneware Gallery Page Added To Studio Ceramics Canada

The Stoneware Gallery, Winnipeg

The Stoneware Gallery, Winnipeg

Keeping in mind the contribution that influential pottery groups make to sustaining and training ceramists in various region across Canada I have added a page on Winnipeg’s The Stoneware Gallery.

Without a formal Manitoba provincial potters’ guild or association this collective is critical for the visibility and quality of ceramics of all types, not only in the province but across the country. The various artists involved over the years have been doing this for almost forty years. Remarkable!

Les Manning Page Added to Studio Ceramics Canada

 

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.

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. 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.

Enjoy the page. Let me know what you think.

Jan and Helga Grove Page Added to Studio Ceramics Canada

Jan and Helga Grove in their garden at Sooke Rd studio, c. 1970, photo by Karl Spreitz

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.

Carol Smeraldo Page Added To Studio Ceramics Canada

Carol Smeraldo today

Carol Smeraldo today

I have added a page on the Nova Scotia Artist, Carol Smeraldo.

Carol is prolific potter and sculptor. Her works in raku and low -fire porcelain frequently incorporate other media. Though varied in style she displays an ongoing love for the sea: an underpinning theme for her explorations in media, design, and more recently,  the cycle of creativity.

Carol is also greatly recognized for her teaching and organizing work in the province: the Halifax Studio School of Pottery, her links with NSCADU, and in the development of the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council to name some highlights.

Enjoy the story of Carol Smeraldo’s career and a sampling of her creations,and please share your thoughts.