Author Archives: Canadian_Studio_Pottery
A few changes happening this month at Canadian Studio Pottery – particularly if we ever get this web site’s cumbersome and unforgiving editing features under control…. First, now on Instagram under canadian_studio_pottery and regular Weekend Hours: The upper home-studio at 59 Station Road is fully open Saturday and Sunday afternoons 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Accepted […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
While Spring is still a way off in Southern Ontario I am itching to try out this old pottery form. Two of them are from Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia and one likely from Southern Ontario. From the Williamsburg examples — each slightly different in glazing and detailing — you can tell the “bottle” is a pitcher […]
There’s still lots of time left — One of the smart Smithsonian traveling exhibitions. On February 5 – May 18th, Gardiner Museum, Toronto. A good catalyst to thinking about the importance and impact of Canada’s famous schools: Banff School of Fine Arts, Emily Carr, Central Tech, Ecole des Beaux-Arts.