"Last Cone Standing" - Shadbolt Centre Ceramics Team
Thursday, March 2, 2017 to Sunday, April 2, 2017
Taking place in tandem with the Canadian Clay Symposium. This group, along with other talented instructors, runs the ceramics program at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby, host of the Canadian Clay Symposium. In addition to their work (everything from loading and firing kilns, planning programs and working with students and international guest artists) each is dedicated to their own studio practice. One of the advantages of working at the Shadbolt Centre is having the opportunity to be involved with the building and firing of some unusual kilns, such as the ‘Train’ wood kiln and the ‘Vault’ soda kiln, both of which were designed and built by Ted Neal, of Indiana, and his crew of staff and students, in 2014. These kilns (of which few exist in the Lower Mainland) offer unusual effects on the surface of the pieces - flashing, ash deposits, and the mark of the flame as it travels through the kiln. What you see in this group show are the amazing variations each artist finds to explore and exploit these effects to express their personal vision in clay.
Curated by Fredi Rahn. Featuring work from: Fredi Rahn, Sharon Reay, Linda Doherty, Jay MacLennan, Tony Wilson, Sabrina Keskula, Robert Stickney, and Cheryl Stapleton.
I took my first pottery class in the third grade. After that, clay and pots became significant part of my life, taking me first to Sheridan College, ON then to NSCAD in Halifax.
Since 1990, I have made my work in Vancouver, sharing a studio for the last 5 years in a warehouse building in East Vancouver.
I was born in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. My first experience with clay was getting my boots stuck in the gumbo during the spring thaw. I hated and still hate mud, so it is ironic that I developed a passion for working with clay. From my first class over 30 years ago and throughout my life as a potter, I still find myself designing pots as I fall asleep at night.