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 OpenContinue reading “Open Call Women of Colour”

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 thatContinue reading “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.”

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 houseContinue reading “Annual Ceramics Sale in Yamashina”

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 beContinue reading “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.”

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 inContinue reading “Carol and Richard Selfridge”

Robert ‘Bob’ Archambeau: Enriches the lives of those around him

Robert ‘Bob’ Archambeau (born 1933)  is one of Canada’s most renown ceramic artists.  When I asked him when he first fell in love with wood firing, he chuckled and said it was ” probably around the age of five when he made a fire that almost burnt the family garage down.” Bob graduated with anContinue reading “Robert ‘Bob’ Archambeau: Enriches the lives of those around him”

Pamela Nagley-Stevenson

Pamela Nagley-Stevenson moved to Canada to study ceramics at the University of Victoria after living in Hawaii.  While she was a high school student at the Punahou Academy in Honolulu, she had the opportunity to study painting, art history and fine crafts.  When she was a grade 11 student, the Honolulu Academy of Arts hostedContinue reading “Pamela Nagley-Stevenson”

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”