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.

Coming up this week — a good late winter show of pots by Wayne Cardinalli. Showing at The David Kaye Gallery, Queen Street West at Dovercourt, Toronto. A long acclaimed Ontario potter this is just a great way to loosen up for spring.  Reception Saturday, March 7, 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

  Sunburst Ceramics (1960-1975), while almost the last of the famous Alberta potteries, is much less known than its heavyweight predecessors Medalta and Medicine Hat. As part of Western Canada’s Mid-Century face, however, Sunburst engaged with local studio artist-designers the likes of Walter Dexter, John Porter and Olle Holmsten to enhance its would-be Modernist credentials. […]

These are a few of the overlooked Bostlund Industries beer tankards as designed and produced by Lotte Bostlund. Just classic European tankard forms in durable porcelainous stoneware. Strong deep glazing, lots of surface variation and confident hand brush work. Good solidly weighted mugs with lightly canted bases and loving appreciation for form and tradition.

Though not as well-known as their famous Lotte Lamps, Bostlund Industries (1954 – 1975), Oak Ridges, Ontario, also produced a large range of domestic table ware and sculpture. Typical products were executed in porcelain stoneware using many of the same glazes and techniques found in the lamp bases — carving, hand painting. It is interesting […]