Kakinuma’s teachings, personality and style were profound for the developing BC ceramic community. His life and work characterize the mid-century journey that ceramists undertook in those days. A collective and personal sense of the affection and respect for him can be felt in Debra’ s guest article.
Debra is not only a ceramist herself but also an author, historian and archivist on things BC pottery. Much that can be found today on the history of ceramics in BC are due to her work.
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.
Jean Clarke Design, African Cave Drawing, c.1953-56. Coll.Laura Blodgett.
If you don’t ask, you don’t get. Asking has its benefits. Another hard to find work has been added to the page on Stan and Jean Clarke courtesy of Laura Blodgett, collector. Thank you and keep ’em coming.
Dexter was an artist who moved from the the influences of Luke Lindoe and Bernard Leach, through the raku inspiration of Americans Hal Riegge and Paul Soldner, to his own signature “Torso” works and their recognizable style. His journey took him from Alberta, to Europe and eventually to British Columbia.
A page on that powerhouse of energy, and award winning artist, Debra Sloan, has been added to the studioceramicscanada.com website.
Mobile Girl – with Dead Battery, 2015. L15 x H13 x D10 cm. Porcelain and telephone wire, modeled. Photo E.A.Clarke
Debra’s babies, dogs and horses are familiar to many. Her press moulded and slip cast figures sometimes entertain but mostly challenge the viewer’s assumptions and attitudes through their poses, gestures, surfaces and expressions.
In addition to her art she has exhibited and traveled internationally and has also researched and documented the history of the development of studio ceramics in British Columbia.
Enjoy this page and let Debra know how much you appreciate her art. You can also see more about her on her own website http://www.debrasloan.com/ .
Breaking news: Last week Debra was awarded the biannual Hilde Gerson Award by the Craft Council of BC. Congratulations, Debra!
Check out ARCH-BC, a database developed by the Potters Guild of British Columbia (PGBC). It is an invaluable resource not only for the history of BC pottery but also for the documenting of potters from across Canada and from around the world who taught, demonstrated or visited the province. PGBC documents going back to the 1960s have been archived and digitized for retrieval by anyone.
Kudos to the Guild. They are light years ahead of so many other regions in preserving their ceramic history. A key driver in this project is Debra Sloan of the Guild, one of the most helpful and informed people in the business.