Rankin Inlet. The name, the location, hardly register for many as a site for ceramic work. Yet, for over a dozen years from the mid 1960s to the mid 1970s it was the focal point for Inuit experimentation and development in clay. The literature and documentation on the period and work are voluminous. But much of it is in academic theses, government archives and arctic related journals. So much there and so many gaps still to be filled in the stories of modern Canadian ceramics.
This article, Inuit Ceramics From Rankin Inlet (Kangirlliniq), is the first in a number of indigenous themed articles planned for over the next few years. Hopefully this article will help fill in those gaps.