Jean Cartier (1924-1996) Page Added To

Mature Jean Cartier

Mature Jean Cartier

I have added a page on renowned Quebec ceramist and muralist Jean Cartier. Ironically less known outside of Quebec today he was a major and inspiring influence in ceramics, especially during the 1970s to the 1990s.  His vision and techniques crossed stylistic and technical boundaries.

His contributions to studio ceramics and public art should be more widely recognized. I hope the page will help.

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.

Ed Drahanchuk and Robin Hopper C.M.,R.C.A. Surprise Me

I recently received two bits of ‘good’ news. One from Ed Drahanchuk and another from Robin Hopper.

Ed Drahanchuk. From Alberta Comes of Age Catalogue

Ed Drahanchuk. From Alberta Comes of Age Catalogue

Ed recently wrote me that he is planning on getting back into ceramics. For the past many years Ed has been working in his other artistic love, painting. As Ed puts it:

“I’ve been out of touch for some time now (years), but plan for my last stab into pottery for 2017 if all goes well. Just a matter of building my fifth kiln.”

Ed is still on Quadra Island coping with internet outages, snowstorms, mice chewing through water lines, and the arrival, or return, of a large mural once on the RBC head office in Calgary. Ed is contemplating how to uncrate and restore it. So nice to see that RBC preserved art rather than just discarding it for ‘progress’.

I interviewed Ed Drahanchuk many years ago and had planned a page on him. So expect to see that page on Ed here in the future.

Thank you Ed for connecting.

Robin Hopper and Judi Dyelle in their Metchosin garden

Robin Hopper and Judi Dyelle in their Metchosin garden

The other surprise was from Robin Hopper. I had noticed a surge in readers and followers. After a bit of digging I found out it was because of a post on Robin’s facebook page. Here is the post:

“I’m getting too shaky to write much and answer questions, so please don’t ask. Instead. I’m going to put you in the hands of Barry Morrison, editor of an information on-line Canadian ceramic topic. Barry is a brilliant scholar and ceramic historian who I’ve known for over 30 years. He has been well aware of my personal trajectory as well as other authors in giving the best overview of my multiple workstyles, technical info and techniques. You can find Barry’s amazing coverage at :

Studio Ceramics Canada.Com

If you want to know anything about Canadian ceramics and its major practitioners, this is definitely the best place to go.


Wow! Thank you, Robin. I think I’m going to have to increase my hat size by a few sizes.

By the way, Robin is still waiting  for the final details of the location for his Order of Canada investiture.

Let’s welcome Ed back to ceramics and continue to congratulate Robin on this recent honour.

Robin Hopper To Be Inducted Into The Order Of Canada

Robin Hopper. At a Greater Lansing Potters’ Guild workshop, October 2006.

Robin Hopper. At a Greater Lansing Potters’ Guild workshop, October 2006.

Congratulations, Robin!

An honour long overdue. Details to be announced.

Readers, please forward your congratulations to Robin at

So many of us have benefited from his talent and generosity, and have been inspired by his art.

The Matchbox Gallery and Rankin Inlet Inuit Ceramics Page added to Studio Ceramics Canada

The Matchbox Gallery, Rankin Inlet, Nunavut

The Matchbox Gallery, Rankin Inlet, Nunavut

I have added a page on the collection of the Matchbox Gallery in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. This small gallery is a powerhouse in supporting Inuit art, particularly ceramics.

The force of the design and imagery of the ceramics will surprise many used to the standards of Bernard Leach or the elegance of European figurative art.

Explore and enjoy. And let me know if you would like to see more of such subjects. Feedback is always appreciated.