Tag Archives: Ontario

Four Fall Shows not to miss – Fusion, Rankin Inlet, True Nordic, John Reeve

  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 […]

On Colour and Size – Heinz Laffin and Christopher Reid Flock

  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 […]

The Unexpected Robin Hopper

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. […]

Wayne Cardinalli, Jack and Lorraine Herman @ David Kaye Gallery

  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.

Bird Bottles

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 […]

Lotte Bostlund – beer tankards

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.

Lotte Bostlund – Studio and Industry

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 […]