Betty Woodman dies at age 87

For those of you in my Advanced Throwing Class at the U of M, if you do not know Betty Woodman and her work, look her up!  I did not see this today so I am terribly grateful to Sally Michener for letting me know. Betty Woodman really pushed ceramics into importance.  She was aContinue reading “Betty Woodman dies at age 87”

Objects and Memory: Ruth Gowdy-McKinley and Byron Johnstad

Canada was very fortunate when, in 1967, Don McKinley, for personal and political reasons (the Vietnam Conflict), took a position at the Sheridan College of Art and Design in Mississauga.  That year Canadian ceramics became all the richer.  Ruth Gowdy-McKinley was made Resident Potter and the couple built her catenary arch wood kiln on aContinue reading “Objects and Memory: Ruth Gowdy-McKinley and Byron Johnstad”

Silenced: Women ceramists who immigrated to Canada, 1963-77

Tonight I am celebrating. The University of Manitoba Office of Research has approved my grant to interview and videotape 20 women ceramists.  I am elated.  My questions have to be approved by Ethics in January but I would like to hear from those in my current study who would like their stories to be told.Continue reading “Silenced: Women ceramists who immigrated to Canada, 1963-77”

Ann Cummings

Ann Cummings arrived in Canada in 1974.  She first lived in Edmonton and then moved to Toronto the following year.  She says that she “wanted to get as far away from Detroit as she possibly could”.  For those that do not know the history of race riots in the United States, Detroit was at theContinue reading “Ann Cummings”

Elise Siegel

Elise Siegel came to Canada in 1972.  She is remembered fondly by her former instructors including Sally Michener and Tam Irving at the Vancouver School of Art and her friends.  Siegel had transferred from the University of Chicago where she had studied ceramics with Ruth Duckworth.  While Siegel was openly opposed to the Vietnam War,Continue reading “Elise Siegel”

Byron Johnstad

I didn’t meet Byron Johnstad as soon as I should have.  Diane Carr was to work with me on my Vietnam Resister study.  She kept telling me:  “Phone Byron”.  It wasn’t Byron, it was the phone.  Some people are e-mail persons and others like phones.  Somehow I had managed to live life pretty good withoutContinue reading “Byron Johnstad”

Keith ‘Skip’ Miller

I am going to switch it up a bit today.  For the last couple of days I have written about amazing Canadian women who work with clay, a little sideways path off the road of the Vietnam resisters who came to Canada.  Today, I am turning my focus back on that group of individuals, 117Continue reading “Keith ‘Skip’ Miller”

Susan Delatour: Crossing Bridges

In 1978, Susan Delatour came to Canada from the United States, as a post-graduate student, to study ceramics at the Banff Centre’s School of Fine Arts in Banff, Alberta.  It was there, in the beauty of the mountains and lakes, that Delatour suspended her wheel throwing practice and embraced the expressiveness of hand building.  EncouragedContinue reading “Susan Delatour: Crossing Bridges”

Gunda Stewart

I do not know when I was first introduced to Gunda Stewart.  I wish I could remember who it was that told me to contact her because I would like to thank them.  I consider her a dear friend, a treasure, that came into my life so unexpectedly.  I do remember flying into the tinyContinue reading “Gunda Stewart”

Jeanne McRight: A Ceramist who migrated to Canada because of the escalation of the Vietnam War

Jeanne McRight was born in Delaware and was awarded her MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia before moving to Canada.  In 1970, after Nixon invaded Cambodia, McRight and her husband, Wayne Cardinalli, along with a group of like-minded artist friends decided to emigrate to Canada, “our welcoming multicultural neighbor, where country propertyContinue reading “Jeanne McRight: A Ceramist who migrated to Canada because of the escalation of the Vietnam War”