Tag Archives: Alberta

Ceramic Arts. Calgary – A Lost Studio Pottery

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 […]

Neils Gravsen – Sunburst Ceramics

  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. […]

Modernism redux — Bob Bozak

It might seem obvious to others but I have never been quite sure what Mid-Century Modernism was actually meant to cover. To my mind it’s an attempt to both catch a period (ca. 1940 – 1980) as well as a way to both engage and view the origins of our contemporary culture. After 60 short […]