Tag Archives: Ontario
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. […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
By way of explanation for the lapse in postings here’s a small treasure by long careered Ontario potters, Lorraine and Jack Herman. The accompanying fresh asparagus — Mary Washington — comes from the thirty or so feet that I planted last year. When you love home-grown produce, early Spring just disappears into all manner of […]
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 […]