John Reeve (1929 - 2012) - A Potter Way 1979, Lidded jar, stoneware

  Fall always seems to be the perfect time to take in shows and exhibitions — the laid back summer is behind us, the cold of winter lies ahead — with the weather typically just right for being outdoors as well as in. Three such shows are in the Toronto area and one is further […]

Heinz Laffin & Christopher Reid Flock     Bowls

  After sitting side-by-side over the Winter some of my pots finally got closer to each other — giving me pause to think about how colour and size can matter — sometimes greatly. The pots were a grouping of eight small bowls by contemporary Ontario artist/potter Christopher Reid Flock (1971 –    ) and a very […]

Robin Hopper -- porcelain horn

Among the great pleasures of Robin Hopper’s work which is also found in his life —  is a quality I can best describe as the “unexpected”. A quality that is represented in the porcelain trumpet or horn pictured above. The horn was likely made in ca. 1970 at his Hillsdale Studio, Ontario or in Toronto. […]


Ceramic Arts (1957 – ca. 1977) has always struck me as one of the great lost studio and design potteries in Canada. Lost because most of its history has never been recorded, researched and/or seemingly celebrated or exhibited. And yet Ceramic Arts had an acclaimed roster of practitioners — designers, artists, potters, educators — many […]

Bad Pottery -- a collection

Always a pleasure to hear from Garth Clark — the grey cardinal of pottery criticism. This isn’t on a Canadian theme particularly, just a generous stimulating romp through a recent fine art ceramicana exhibition in NYC. A show somewhat a kin to Bad Pottery – a (Toronto) collection I reviewed on this blog back in […]

Wayne Cardinalli, Jack and Lorraine Herman @ David Kaye Gallery, March 2015

  Three of my favourite Ontario potters all well-loved, long careered and masters of their art. David Kaye Gallery, March 2015 Wayne getting ready to pour from one of his majestic twenty-cuppas! You can visit the show on now until March 29th.

Eva and Milan Lapka - elephant vase - detail

While it may be hard to find some of Eva and Milan Lapka’s work outside of Quebec, it is doubly hard to come across images of their shared pottery.  Over her long career Eva Lapka has become known and respected as a sculptor but it is pottery where she and Milan  started out. This is […]