Tag Archives: Mid-Century Modern
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]