Good things are afoot when pottery collectors and connoisseurs come online to share their information and collections. Less than a year ago Cliff Schwartz and his page on the Schwenks. Cliff has an interest in BC ceramics. particularly the Okanagan. You can see the Schwenk page at www.schwenkpottery.ca . But the surprise is there is more: more artist information on such contemporaries as Axel Ebring, Walter Dexter, Zeljko Kujundzic, Des and Peggy Loan, Frank Poll, and Frances Hatfield.
And still more. Cliff has another site studiopotterycanada.ca . that he started in 2018. He modestly describes the site:
This purpose of this site is to tell and preserve some of the stories of Canadian potters and thus serve as a source of information to collectors, researchers and enthusiasts.
Studio Pottery Canada primarily focuses on pottery thrown before 1980 and is intended to supplement (not compete with) other on-line sources of information about the potters of Canada.
Cliff’s images and information are marvellous. Enjoy his sites
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 .
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.
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.
Normandeau, Pierre-Aimé. c.1936,. Bowl, stoneware. 7.c cm h x 17.5 cm w. Collection: Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal.
I have posted a short page on the influential Quebec educator and artist, Pierre-Aimé Normandeau. Highly respected in Quebec he is little-known in the other provinces and regions. His role was transformative for such artists as Gaetan Beaudin, Jacques Garnier, Maurice Savoie and Jacques Cartier.
Enjoy reading about Normandeau. Also, if you have further details on him and pictures of his work please contact me if you wish to share them.
One of the joys of working on Studio Ceramics Canada is the discovery of collectors who enjoy modern Canadian studio pottery. Larry Lewis is one. Larry has just brought his collection online with his website http://artshuttle.com/ . Artshuttle’s content is wide but there are two sections that will catch your attention: firstly, an extensive collction of Axel Ebring pots, the largest private collection I have seen; and secondly an extensive section on modern Canadian pottery from ceramists across Canada. Just click on the Ceramics tab to start exploring the drop down menus. Then click on a picture to see a larger format with details.
Description: PETER RUPCHAN (Ukrainian/Canadian, 1883-1944) “Colourful Pot With Scalloped Rim” – Clay pot with applied paint. 7 x 8 x 8 in.
I have just received an email from the Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting’s imminent auction of some 20 Peter Rupchan works. The sale is in about 4 days, October 27, so you will have to move fast if you collect vintage works and want to add to or increase your Rupchan holdings.
Thomas Kakinuma, UBC, date unknown, Courtesy of the Rare Books and Special Collections UBC
Thomas Kakinuma. Girl with Dog. Photo: Terry Yip
I have added an updated page on artist Thomas (Tommy) Kakinuma to the studioceramicscanada.com website. New details are courtesy of guest author Debra E. Sloan and provide updated information and images linked to the recent Kakinuma retrospective exhibition at the West Vancouver Museum.
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.