Ceramics Club students at School of Art ready for their spring sale

For all of you who regularly attend the Ceramics Club spring sale and those of you who haven’t (you really should), they will be having their spring sale in the University of Manitoba Student Union on April 5-6.  Hours are normally 9:30-4.  If I hear different, I will let you know.

The featured image for today’s blog is one of those students, Bobby Young, and his Japanese breakfast set assignment.  He is a young man to keep your eyes on!

Date for Markus Boehm’s kiln building workshop has been set

The date for the Bourry Box kiln (with an extended throat for anagama effects) workshop will take place at the School of Art, University of Manitoba from June 21-30th.  The days will be packed solid, from morning to night.  You will learn everything you need to know about building a wood-fuelled kiln and more.  There will also be an opportunity for you to fire some of your work in our kiln (small pieces and number TBD).  The fee for the workshop is still TBD but I should know next week and how you can pay.  Space is limited to ten individuals!

Open Call Women of Colour

Noor Bhangu has curated a final exhibition as part of her internship at the School of Art Gallery.  The title womenofcolour@soagallery is a direct reflection of the representation of women artists in the School’s collection, only 5.6%, and the lack entirely of art by women of colour.  Bhangu’s response has been to put out an Open Call for artwork submissions.  All QTBIPOC women artists are invited to submit work.  All work submitted until the final date, April 13, will be accepted and included in the exhibition.  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE AFFILIATED WITH THE UNIVERSITY!

How to apply:  Email Noor Bhangu at   SoAG.ProgramAssistant@umanitoba.ca with an expression of interest, including an image of your work if available, your name, the title, the year, the medium and the dimensions.  Drop off of work begins at the School of Art Gallery between 10-4 from Monday to Friday starting February 26 (already passed) and April 13.  You must contact Noor regarding drop off times.  Arrangements can be made for some work to be picked up on Monday, April 19.

There will be a panel discussion, TBA on March 22 and a closing reception on April 12 TBA.  Stay tuned.  I will post that information.

I know many of you in the Winnipeg community and I knew those reading this know others – please spread the word!

You know those days when you feel like you should buy a lottery ticket? Today feels like that for me. I want to share some upcoming events that are so ‘hot’ they don’t have confirmed dates yet.

The first is news of a really big event.  The last two weeks of June, Master Potter Markus Boehm from Germany will be with us.  For years I have been advocating for a wood kiln that was for the students, one that could be fired by a single person achieving the level of ash that would put a smile on your face without using so much wood and without having to be fired for 46 hours.  Well, we are going to build it!  A state of the art smokeless Bourry Box kiln that will reach cone 14 in 14 hours using only two cubic metres of hardwood logs.  Honestly, you can knit a sweater while firing this kiln.  Good for one person, great for a group, too.   I will be putting out the call for 10 workshop participants.    It will be 10 days and will include a firing.  I need individuals who are keen to learn how to put German engineering into wood kiln design and who are not afraid of long days, sweating, learning a heck of a lot, and walking away with some nice wood fired pieces.  Final dates and workshop costs will be forthcoming.

Bob Archambeau has been with the School of Art for 50 Years.  In the late fall, the School of Art Gallery at the University of Manitoba will be holding a retrospective of Archambeau and his work.  I will be curating this special exhibition and will be looking for work of Bob’s dating from 1968 to 2008 as well as historic photographs and great stories about Bob as a teacher and potter to go into the catalogue.  Stay tuned as Paul Hess and I work towards finalizing dates.

Ceramics Club at the University of Manitoba will be holding their spring sale in mid-April.  Watch this site for dates and times.

And two articles of mine were published.  One features Joo Young Han (Grace Han), Onnghi Master and recent MFA graduate from the School and is in the latest edition of New Ceramics (Neue Keramik) and Markus Boehm:  East German Master Potter Adapts to Changes since the fall of the wall in Ceramics:  Art and Perception.  Also, Grace Han will be featured on a short documentary by the CBC.  I will try to get the dates and times it will be shown.  Congratulations Grace!

 

Annual Ceramics Sale in Yamashina

If you are thinking about being in Japan – in or near Kyoto – during the third weekend of October, seriously consider going to the annual ceramics sale that takes place in Yamashina.

The kilns used to be up Dojo-dori along the mountain.  You will know this if you have stepped into Kawaii Kanjiro’s house and studio near Kiyomizu-dera.  But the smoke sent the big kilns out into the countryside, not far, in Yamashina.  The third weekend of October every year has hundreds of shops and stalls open to the public.  Free transportation is provided.  Just ask at the JR Station on how to find it.  You can wander for an entire day.  If you plan to buy, take some strong tote bags with you and an extra suitcase!  Leave the suitcase in your hotel.  There are food stalls and places to even make a pot if you desire.

The work is excellent and much is reasonably priced.  This is why I mention the extra suitcase.  You might also want to consider bubble wrap.  Take a small piece and go into the nearest office supply or yen store and show them the sample.  They will come running back with a roll.  Remember packing tape.  Wrap so you can toss it like a baseball, insert into the luggage so it can’t roll around or bag against something else and there you have it – the beginning of your obsession to be there every year!  I should mention that if you are lucky, it is also leaf changing season.  There is no better place to be!

 

 

Can you? or someone you know help me locate these potters (former potters?)? I do not know if they fit my research profile but they were Americans working in clay during the era.

I am trying to find word of the following individuals.  They were Americans who came to Canada.  I have not been able to locate them so any assistance would help.  Please ask them to contact me at my university address.  It is:  maryann.steggles@umanitoba.ca They are:

Bonita Collins.  She gave pottery classes in Toronto and might be able to connect me with some who came up.  Known also as Bonita Bocanegra Collins.  Someone thinks she might be in southern Ontario being a food designer?

Lee Danish.  Was in New Brunswick.

Mardi Demain.  Also in New Brunswick at one time.  Rumours are he went to work on a math project with his won at either Yale or Harvard.

Leah Errington.  In 1983 was running Great CDN Design Works in North Vancouver.  Supplied slip products along with the late Jim Meadows.

Ludmina Evans

Carol Graham.  Deceased.   Got her MFA from Puget Sound.  Taught at Malaspina.  In 1983 was living in Cobble Hill, BC.  Can anyone tell me about her work and provide images?

Rick Hanbury.  Deceased.  Had a studio in Nelson.  Can anyone tell me about his work and provide some historical images?

Desi Kantrum.  In 1983 was part of the Arrow Lakes Pottery group.

Jane Schlossberg

Pete Scott.  Pete is remembered by lots of folks including Byron Johnstad and Roger Painter.  Part of the Vancouver scene.  Returned to the US.  We believe he is working in the mountains and selling work in the Pacific Northwest.  Any images, news, etc. would be most welcome.

Norman White.  In 1983 was in Slocan Park, BC.  Deceased???  Anyone know of Norman and his work?

 

Carol and Richard Selfridge

Richard Selfridge arrived in Canada in 1969 to pursue a PhD in Political Science.  A native of Seattle Washington, he first studied at Washington State University leaving the United States just before completing his PhD dissertation in Political Philosophy.  Selfridge taught at the University of Alberta for four years.  He became a Canadian citizen in 1974.

Richard Selfridge never intended to become a potter.  But life has a way of throwing curve balls at each of us.  “Happy Accidents” was what Paul Soldner used to call them. In between his studies, Richard met Carol and his interest in ceramics began.   In 1973 he took his first pottery lessons with David Green, one of the individuals behind the formation and an instructor for the Edmonton Potters Guild.  These early classes were followed by specialized

studies at the Banff Center with Wayne Ngan, Walter Keeler, Tom Coleman and Janice Tchalenko, amongst others.  A year later Richard built his first electric kiln with a single chamber downdraft gas kiln quickly following in 1975.  He was hooked on clay!  Carol and Richard are both interested in clay, its form and its functionality.  At the same time, they are passionate about experimenting with different firing temperatures and glaze effects.  The couple built a two chamber cross draft gas and wood-fired salt chamber kiln in 1980 while continuing to fire their majolica in the electric kiln.  In 2001, they built a wood-fired coffin kiln.  Since 1974 their work has been a joyful collaboration.

The duo taught at the Student’s Union at the University of Alberta in the 1970s, later teaching for the Extension Division of the University of Alberta. Carol was a high school art teacher in Vancouver and Edmonton from 1969-74.   Her interest in the figure and drawing have been furthered by workshops at Red Deer College, The Banff Center, and the University of Alberta.  In addition to more than 250 international exhibitions, Richard and Carol have also taught workshops across Canada and internationally while still finding time to host two annual studio sales per year since 1974.  The pair received major grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Edmonton Arts Council. They are nothing short of prolific in their output and the generosity with which they share their knowledge of firing effects and glazing.  Their work was part of the prestigious Claridge Collection.