Tag Archives: Studio Ceramics Canada

Thomas Kakinuma (1908-1982) Page Added To Studio Ceramics Canada Website

Thomas Kakinuma, UBC, late 50s, Image courtesy of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of British Columbia

Thomas Kakinuma, UBC, late 50s, Image courtesy of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of British Columbia

I am pleased to announce a guest article by Debra E. Sloan on the BC artist Thomas Kakinuma (1908-1982)   

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.

Thank you Debra.

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.

MUD, Hands, fire Exhibition at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg

MUD, Hands Fire Exhibition, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg

MUD, Hands Fire Exhibition, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg

I couldn’t believe it! Here, so close to home. An exhibition that included some of the greatest names in Canadian studio ceramics. Hopper, Archambeau, McKinley, Irving, Dexter, Chalke and Sures are just some of the thirty five ceramists represented.  But no surprise really: the University of Manitoba School of Art has a long and distinguished history in the medium. Works are on loan from artists, and from private and museum collections such as the Art Gallery of Burlington.

Curator, Mary Ann Steggles, has produced a gem. She writes of the exhibition’s objective:

“This exhibition is a journey through the evolution of ceramics in Canada over the past fifty years …  it will serve as a historical backdrop … that I hope will lead to a larger appreciation of the studio pottery movement in Canada.”

MUD, Hands, fire. Opening Night

MUD, Hands, fire. Opening Night

She has arranged the works with simplicity and elegance. There is a western Canada emphasis, with the bulk of the works produced by potters living in BC and the prairies, with a nod to Ontario in the McKinley display.

There is also a functional ceramics emphasis. This has a special relevance today as many schools of ceramics are fending off the time-worn discussion of art vs craft, or are closing down, or, sadly, are already closed. Exhibitions such as this can hopefully help counter such thinking.

The exhibition also includes an extensive catalogue (131 pages) with historical articles  by Pat Bovey, Diane Carr, Susan Close, Coll Minogue and Steggles herself; and of course, biographies of the artists.

This is one exhibition not to be missed. Enjoy it. Learn from it. At the School of Art Gallery it continues until December 18, 2015.

You can see more details on the exhibition at the University of Manitoba School of Art site.

The Name is Tang, Brendan Tang

Brendan Tang

Brendan Tang

The page on Brendan Tang and his art is the first page for the 2015 year for Studio Ceramics Canada.

Brendan, an award winner and currently an instructor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design has developed styles and themes that incorporate his interests ranging from traditional Chinese Ming ware to European Rococo Orientalism and decoration, to Japanese Manga and Anime, to Techno-Pop. His work can be provocative or subtle but is always thought provoking.

Look for future pages on artists such as Judy Blake, Stan and Jean Clarke, and John Chalke.

Brendan Tang with Les Manning, Susan Collett, Ann Mortimer and Ann Roberts at the IAC General Assembly Dublin 2014

Brendan Tang with Les Manning, Susan Collett, Ann, Mortimer and Ann Roberts at the IAC General Assembly Dublin 2014

Meanwhile enjoy Brendan Tang’s page.


Ann Mortimer Page Added to Studio Ceramics Canada

Ann Mortimer at her "Umbrella Escapade" Exhibition.

Ann Mortimer at her “Umbrella Escapade” Exhibition.

A new page on  Newmarket, Ontario artist, Ann Mortimer has been added to the website studioceramicscanada.com.

Ann’s extensive body of work and long career has spanned the world. Her porcelain works mine the potential of themes from spheres and “bird, bud and fish” forms to plates, cups and umbrellas. In addition, her tireless efforts on behalf of the ceramic world have influenced, students, major artists and organizations around the world.

Stay tuned. More pages are in the works on artists such as Susan Collett, Enid Legros-Wise, Connie Pike, Les Manning, Stan and Jean Clarke, Luke Lindoe, Brendan Tang and many others.

Anyone who has memories or images of these artists they would be willing to share please contact me.


New Artist Page: Alexandra McCurdy

Alexandra McCurdy, 2011

Alexandra McCurdy, 2011

A new artist page has been added to the website. Alexandra McCurdy is a Halifax, Nova Scotia, artist. Her work is strongly autobiographical using themes from feminism and her own personal history to produce mysterious and symbolic forms, spaces and surfaces. Enjoy reading about her life, her thoughts and, of course, her work

Keith Campbell Page Update

Keith Campbell's Chop Mark

Keith Campbell’s Chop Mark

I have updated Keith Campbell’s page with a new chop mark and a copy of the face of his business card. I am always trying to keep the site as current as possible. Chops, marks, signatures are items on which I receive a goodly number of enquiries. It seem to be a subject of great interest to collectors.

Robin Hopper: A new page added to the Studio Ceramics Canada website



I have added a page on Vancouver Island  icon Robin Hopper. You can see the page at new Robin Hopper page. 

Enjoy and pass the word around.