My good friend Gunter Haltmeyer is charged with the digital layout of the German Potter’s Association journal, Toplerflatt. He does one fantastic job, and I am always so grateful that the members welcome news of what is happening in Canada.
The fall/winter edition includes an article I wrote on the work of three Vietnam era ceramic artists who migrated to Canaday. They are Sally Michener who taught at the Vancouver School of Art (later Emily Carr), Debby Black who taught at George Brown College in Toronto, and Richard Gill who taught at various colleges but he is known mainly for his large and very complicated architectural installations.
Gunter sent me the PDF and hard copies to share with the ceramists. Those who read my blog and my Facebook page do not (with the exception of one) belong to this potters association. I do not want to take away any issues regarding copyright or sales.
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December 6, 1989, was the day female engineering students at the Ecole Polytechnique were massacred in what is called The Montreal Massacre. Marc Lepine had a rifle and a knife. He injured twenty-eight; fourteen were killed. Today is a day of remembrance, not just for those women but for all women who have suffered violence. In Winnipeg, we mourn the missing Indigenous women. But every day, women are abused. It is the time we stood up and demand that the abuse whether it is physical or mental or both STOP. No more misogyny. No more sexist jokes. No more harassment. Women are intelligent and passionate. We do not need to do favours for men who have the power to succeed.
I received a Canada Council Jean A Chalmers Grant to conduct research into the impact that Vietnam era resisters who came to Canada had on Canadian ceramics. To date, there are 117 individuals in my study. Conference presentations have been given in Dublin, at the University of Szeged in Hungary, and at the first Craft Biennale at the Art Gallery of Burlington. Articles are in press and exhibitions are being planned. I am still seeking individuals who fit my profile: came to Canada because they did not wish to be part of the support for the Vietnam War and who were already trained in ceramics or learned after they immigrated in order to make a living. If you know of someone, please have them contact me at my university e-mail address: email@example.com
The image on today’s posting is Walter Ostrom’s China Bottle. Ostrom came to Canada because of the Vietnam War in 1969. He had a contract to teach at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in Halifax. Ostrom was elated because he would be teaching at one of the hippest art schools in North America but also because he was going to be living in Canada: ‘The land of Pierre Trudeau, a friend of both Castro and draft dodgers, leading a nation of peaceniks’.
This is the post excerpt.
I am hoping to add more research subjects to my current project. Please read the post below. If you or anyone you know might be qualified to participate, please have them contact me. Thanks!