Category Archives: Studio Ceramics Canada

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.

 

David Lambert Page Added to Studio Ceramics Canada

May 1st, 1974 -- David Lambert, potter, at his home in Ryder Lake near Sardis. Photo courtesy John Denniston, www.johndenniston.ca

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.

Enjoy, and let me know me know what you think.

Tommy Kakinuma, A Major Retrospective

 

Thomas Kakinuma, Peacock (detail), glazed ceramic, 1963. Photograph by Ken Mayer Studios, 2018

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

604-925-7295

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)

 

 

 

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.

Paula Murray Exhibition: Compassion, Sept. 8 – Oct. 8, 2017

Paula Murray. Compassion Exhibition Poster

Paula Murray. Compassion Exhibition Poster

Paula Murray continues to express her insights into the human condition with Compassion, “a response to the brokenness we witness” at the Centre Materia
395 boul. Charest Est, Quebec City, from September 8 – October 22, 2017. The opening is Friday, September 8th, 5-8 pm.

The delicacy, the fragility, the scale of Paula’s works are something truly to behold.

Harlan House Page Added To Studio Ceramics Canada Website

Harlan House today. From MUD, Hands, fire Exhibition, University of Manitoba. Photo: Mary Ann Steggles

Harlan House today. From MUD, Hands, fire Exhibition, University of Manitoba. Photo: Mary Ann Steggles

Porcelain master, Harlan House, now has a page on studioceramicscanada.com .

The page will surprise many with the variety of styles and subjects Harlan has produced for almost 50 years. His detailed carving, appliqué and sprigging are familiar; however, there are other deeper messages, opinions and forms in his work throughout his career. His subjects range from the detailed life and beauty in his garden to frustration with the global economy and our “big box” life.

He is open in his thoughts, words and experience. His own website and blog are further testaments to his generosity.

Enjoy.

 

Robin Hopper, RCA. A Major Page Update Added To Studio Ceramics Canada

Robin Hopper In His Studio

Robin Hopper In His Studio

Robin Hopper’s page was one of the first posted on this website, three years ago.  It is also one of the most visited. A major update is long overdue.  Artists’ pages on the site, their scope, format and content, have evolved, expanded.

The revised page explores more of Robin’s past activities and work, and also touches on his more recent activities and passions during what for him are difficult times.

Enjoy connecting with one of Canada’s most renowned ceramists, Robin Hopper RCA.

Institute for Artists’ Estates

The Institute for Artists' Estates Logo

The Institute for Artists’ Estates Logo

Sometimes when I am just browsing around I come across a nugget. This one in particular got me thinking. The mortality of our ceramic artists, especially over the past year or two, has struck me.
The nugget was an article in the Art Newspaper on the Institute for Artists’ Estates. Hold on, you might say! We are just potters! Maybe some are. But many aren’t just potters. Even in the ceramic world prices are climbing. Many of the heirs or estate managers of ceramic artists are family, just plain folks, with little knowledge of how to appreciate or handle the remaining inventory: its storage and handling, conservation, insuring, marketing, donations, sales and the like. Primary heirs might be steeped in the work and production and might not see them in the same way as collectors, galleries, museums or auction houses. Secondary heirs might not see beyond the cash value.
The Institute’s website has some interesting comments and articles to reflect upon. While the organization might on the surface sound like it is directed at the high end fine art market it has information that all art estate managers, existing or potential, should be thinking about. A book will be published in June 2016 titled The Artist Estate: A Handbook for Artists, Executors, and Heirs, by two of the Institute’s principals, Dr. Loretta Würtenberger and Karl von Trott.
Something to think about.