Tag Archives: Studio Pottery 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.

John Chalke Page Added To Studio Ceramics Canada

John Chalke. Five Circles (Detail), 2012. 36 x 41 x 5 cm. Hand built, altered, layered multiple glazes, multiple firings (cone 05-04). Photograph: Barbara Tipton

John Chalke. Five Circles (Detail), 2012. 36 x 41 x 5 cm. Hand built, altered, layered multiple glazes, multiple firings (cone 05-04). Photograph: Barbara Tipton

I have added a page on ceramist John Chalke. I think you will find not only familiar but also lesser known details about John and his art.

Many thanks are owed to Barbara Tipton for her generous support.

Enjoy the page.

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.

Stan and Jean Clarke, a New Page on Studio Ceramics Canada

Jean Clarke Creating her Sculptures, nd. Nat Arch CGP C131971

Jean Clarke Creating her Sculptures, nd. Nat Arch CGP C131971

Stan Clarke in his studio, nd. Nat Arch CGP C131970

Stan Clarke in his studio, nd. Nat Arch CGP C131970

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have added a new a new “short” page on Stan and Jean Clarke. Their careers span the formative years of ceramics in BC in the 1950s to 1970s. They were not only creators but were also important connectors between organizations and institutions in BC and across Canada.

If you know of collectors who have Stan’s or Jean’s works in the collection please let me know by leaving a comment. You can never have too many pictures of this hard-to-get period.

Enjoy.

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.