R:evolution Symposium Review

 

The Canadian Clay Symposium this past March at the Shadbolt Centre in Burnaby drew enthusiasts from across BC, Washington State and further afield, all attracted to the potent mix of highly skilled artists, topical discussions, and social connections that have characterized previous events. Registrants were able to pick and choose from a plethora of dynamic presentations, as well as browse through a trade show marketplace and view several on-site exhibitions, including the Mug Wall, Road Show, Presenters’ exhibit, Makers/Collectors display, a K-12 digital show, and the Mobile Airstream Gallery show “Form”. The Maker Labs organization had a display highlighting the potential of using 3-D printing and CNC technology in ceramics.

Several of the guest artists were paired up giving simultaneous demonstrations. Katrina Chaytor and Samantha Dickie shared information on the creation and use of plaster molds, both traditional and paper plaster techniques. Sunshine Cobb and James Watkins shared personal anecdotes while working on typical signature pieces, Sunshine cutting and piercing a basket, James throwing a variety of forms. Watching Ruthann Tudball and Simon Levin’s simultaneous demo was like observing a tennis match; the audience turned their heads back and forth during this pottery match, cheering and in awe of their techniques. Simon worked slowly, while Ruthanne moved quickly and you had to force yourself not to blink or you would miss her moves!

Vancouver sculptor Brendan Tang moderated the “Cyber Craft” panel, which included Katrina Chaytor, Sunshine Cobb, Aaron Nelson and Steven Young Lee. As the digital world collides with the ancient material world of clay, Brendan framed the conversation around words like ‘hardware’ and ‘software’ to give each of the presenters an opportunity to discuss how their own analogue practice with clay has intersected with the digital world. Topics covered in this panel ranged from Kickstarter campaigns, 3D printing technology, and fuel efficiency afforded by computerized gas kilns, to mining the decorative language of computer iconography and the opportunities artists have to soften the clinical and often very digitized world of medical treatment with the intervention of handmade objects.

Even with the theme of technology meets tradition, there remains a palpable hunger for knowledge of process and skill development. The Symposium reflected the current shift in the practice of ceramics requiring clay artists to employ a variety of technologies beyond hand-building, wheel-throwing or traditional firing methods. Artists were invited to explore and embrace new ideas and approaches to making that are now possible through the use or integration of technologies. A sage observation from Ruthanne Tudball helped put the theme into context. Ruthanne pointed out muscle memory is controlled by the right side of the brain, while talking and communicating employs the left side. Using both sides simultaneously is a difficult skill to master - like synchronized use of both analogue and digital skills. For many makers in clay, the focus is on the analogue; getting our hands dirty, employing muscle memory and our right brain. The shift to the left brain, to digital technology and a multi-media approach is slower, less natural and yet necessary as we understand and incorporate new approaches to making and more tangible ways of communicating our intentions and love of this material to others.

 

The article was edited by Fredi Rahn with contributions from Amy Gogarty, Heather Dahl, Mike McElgunn, Sandra Ramos, and Markian Kyba.

R:evolution - Tradition - Technology

The 7th Triennial Canadian Clay Symposium

 Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby, BC

The plans are in place and we are very excited about the R:evolution-tradition-technology symposium program and presenters. This year’s Canadian Clay Symposium explores possible applications of technology in our studio lives and practise, but whether or not technology is your “thing”, rest assured the wonderful line-up of presenters will offer practical insights into their creative processes and personal techniques along with their technological musings. 

There are many reasons to take part in this event! Such as…

 The Amazing Presenter line-up…

o   A successful symposium requires a line-up of dynamic, respected and successful ceramic artists from around North America and the world. This year’s stellar line-up is no exception. Choose to attend the demos, lectures, presentations and discussions that pique your interest and relate to your personal explorations and work. Our R:evolution presenters include Katrina Chaytor, Sunshine Cobb, Samantha Dickie, Steven Young Lee, Simon Levin, Aaron Nelson, Ruthanne Tudball, Jason Walker, James Watkins and gwendolyn yoppolo. (I told you!).

o   These presenters have each been profiled in one of the past five BCPG Newsletters. You can learn more about each of them on the Symposium website,

 

Our Special guests…

o   A popular attraction at each Symposium is a topical panel discussion involving four of the presenters discussing and sharing their experiences and points of view. This year’s discussion, “CyberCraft: Ceramic detours on the Information Superhighway” will be organized and moderated by local ceramic dynamo, Brendan Tang. www.brendantang.com/

o   Introducing our Keynote Address speaker, as well as our special Honorees presentation will be the respected head of the curatorial department at the UBC Museum of Anthropology, Carol Mayer www.anth.ubc.ca/faculty/carol-mayer/

o   Each Symposium recognizes and honours the cumulative works and contributions of local ceramic artists. You may remember Bob Kingsmill being honoured at the last Symposium. There were several deserving names put forward for recognition this year. The contributions of these artists are vast and valued. This year will be honouring David Lloyd, Sally Michener, Sam Kwan, Don Hutchinson, and Tam Irving at our gathering for the closing Keynote Address.

 

 Bonus Symposium Events…

o   There is so much more to see and do at the Symposium, all included with your registration

o   Visit the Trade Show where you can talk to vendors, check out or purchase the very latest tools, publications and supplies or find out about educational programs and residencies.

o   Bring a piece to share at the Ceramic Roadshow… something you would like others to see. It can be your work, or an example of your favourite/newest/funkiest/whatever you want to share. Aaron Nelson will be critiquing the show during the lunch break. Do drop in! Full information and registration forms can be found under the “Events” tab at www.canadianclaysymposium.com

o   Bring a mug, cup or tea bowl to donate to the Mug Wall as well as $20 to purchase your favourite. This fundraiser is sponsored by the North-West Ceramics Foundation with proceeds going to the Maureen Wright Scholarship Fund as well as toward sponsoring the Symposium Keynote Speaker.

o   Bring a CD of your personal mark or chop for the BC Ceramic Mark Registry. Submissions can also be made via email. The BC Ceramic Mark Registry form can be downloaded from the “events” page of the website www.canadianclaysymposium.com

o   Watch the K-12 Digital Exhibition showcasing ceramic work created in our schools and community programs. Teachers/instructors can get more information about entering their students’ work from Ariel Boulet arielboulet@gmail.com

o   Venture to the Shadbolt parking lot & visit the Mobile Contemporary Ceramics Gallery: FORM, a renovated 1959 Flying Cloud Airstream Trailer showcasing and selling works by Martina Lantin, Katy Drijber, Carole Epp, Sarah Pike, Martin Tagseth, Christopher Watt and Robin Dupont. Wow!!

o   Stay after the Keynote address and join the BC Potters’ Guild at their dinner event at the Shadbolt Centre. Full information about the dinner and tickets will be announced by the Guild.

 

Related Community Events…

o   Adding significantly to the Symposium experience, community galleries and art centers take this opportunity to showcase ceramic works and artists.

o   Shadbolt Centre is running satellite workshops with James Watkins, Simon Levin and Ruthanne Tudball (currently sold out)

o   The Maple Ridge Art Gallery is sponsoring a 2-hour demonstration with Jason Walker from 2:30 to 4:30 on March 16th. Tickets are available for only $5 on-line at www.theactmapleridge.org

o   The Semiahmoo Arts Centre is sponsoring at full day throwing demo with James Watkins on March 17th from 9:00 until 4:00. The cost is $50. For information contact Bobbie Hammersley at bobbiehammersley@semiahmooarts.com

o    The Delta Potters’ Association is sponsoring a full day demo workshop with Sunshine Cobb, 9:00- 4:00 on March 17. The cost is $80 for non-members. For more information contact Molly Magid at mmagid@shaw.ca

o   The Surrey Art Gallery is sponsoring a free Artist’s Tour of their exhibition “Don Hutchinson: From Form to Fantasy” with “Surrey Civic Treasure” Don Hutchinson from 2-3:30pm on Sunday March 19th.

o   The Burnaby Art Gallery is sponsoring an illustrated artist talk, “Saggar Firing with a Metal Container” with James Watkins at the Burnaby Art Gallery on Sunday, March 19 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Reception to follow.

o   The multitude of ceramic themed exhibitions on display around the symposium dates are impressive and certainly worthy of some extra time. Venues include: Gallery of BC Ceramics  www.galleryofbcceramics.com , Surrey Art Gallery www.surrey.ca/artgallery ,  Circle Craft www.circlecraft.net , Seymour Art Gallery (artist talk March 19 @ 2:00 pm) www.seymourartgallery.com , The Act Arts Centre, Maple Ridge www.theactmapleridge.org ,  The Amelia Douglas Art Gallery, Douglas College www.douglascollege.ca , Burnaby Arts Council www.burnabyartscouncil.org , Burnaby Art Gallery www.burnabyartgallery.ca , Port Moody Arts Centrewww.pomoarts.ca , Place des Arts www.placedesarts.ca , and Semiahmoo Arts at South Surrey Arts Centre www.semiahmooarts.com .

o   Gallery exhibits and information regarding workshops with Symposium presenters are also posted on the website. www.canadianclaysymposium.com

 

The Small Print…

  • All participants must be pre-registered. There will be no on-site registration at the Symposium.
  • Registration is $150 for Adults or $131.25 for Seniors (plus GST).
  •  The Senior & Post-Secondary Student Discount is only available through phone, in-person and mail-in registration, on-line registration includes only the pricing option for regular Adult registration.
  • All Fees include lunch.
  • Register by mail (cheque payable to the City of Burnaby) or by phone. Call 604-291-6864 to set up a new account.
  • Those previously registered in Burnaby programs can access webreg online at: www.burnaby.ca/webreg

You KNOW it will be an exciting and informative day and you really want to be there…

So why are you not registered yet? Updates at: www.canadianclaysymposium.com

Newsletter #6: Symposium Updates.pdf (click to download this article)

 

Click photo below to see some photos of 2013 Symposium.

R:evolution – tradition – technology

The 7th Triennial Canadian Clay Symposium

Saturday, March 18th, 2017 - Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby, BC

REGISTER BEFORE JANUARY 15th!

Since you’ve been following this newsletter, you will be well aware of the upcoming Canadian Clay Symposium exploring possible applications of technology in our studio lives and practise. Whether or not technology is your “thing”, rest assured the wonderful line-up of presenters will offer practical insights into their creative processes and personal techniques along with their technological musings.

  • You KNOW it will be an exciting and informative day.
  •  You KNOW you really want to be there.
  • You KNOW you can save money by registering before the EARLY BIRD DEADLINE of January 15th.
  • You KNOW registration would be a perfect Christmas gift….
  • So register today... Or drop an appropriate and specific hint to your significant other.

R:evolution – tradition – technology, is a one day symposium for ceramic arts students and professionals featuring ten nationally and internationally recognized ceramic artists. Presenters will discuss and demonstrate personal techniques and share insights into how and where they choose to employ the tools of technology. Presentations will encompass theoretical topics as well as practical techniques in areas such as sculpture, hand-building, wheel-throwing, finishes and firing.

Several other workshop opportunities are planned in conjunction with the Symposium, and many galleries will feature ceramic themed exhibitions to coincide with the Symposium. Gallery exhibits and information regarding workshops with Symposium presenters are being posted on the website as details are finalized. Check http://www.canadianclaysymposium.com

 

Simon Levin

Simon Levin is a potter, kiln builder and writer from Gresham Wisconsin, who has been wood firing for 25 years. After finishing graduate school at the University of Iowa in 1998 he and his wife Susan moved to rural Wisconsin to establish Mill Creek pottery.  Simon has built kilns for many universities in the US, Taiwan and China, as well as the Archie Bray Foundation.  He is a technical writer for Ceramics Monthly and Ceramics Arts Daily and a frequent presenter at The National Council for the Education of Ceramics Arts. Simon's work is featured in several books and collections, as well as a couple of museums.  In 2013 Simon was a senior Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan. Working from his rural log home on ten acres with three wood kilns, Simon’s life is filled with beauty and joy, but is anything but quiet and serene!

Simon muses, “Clearly if you want your art work to touch people and be touched the home is the place you want to be. I love being a potter, I love the amount of time one holds a coffee cup, touches it to their lips, cradles it in their hands, what an intimate and sensuous interaction with an object.”

 

Samantha Dickie

Samantha Dickie is a Victoria BC based contemporary ceramic artist who focuses on abstract sculpture and public installation. Samantha’s ceramic sculptures create visual narratives exploring the beauty and decay of natural and urban topographies through textural raw surfaces and simple organic forms.

Samantha began working with clay in 1996.  Following her BA Degree, Samantha completed a Diploma in Ceramics from the Kootenay School of the Arts and attended residencies at the Sculpture Factory in Jingdezhen China, the Banff Centre and Red Deer College in Alberta, and the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon.  Samantha has been awarded project grants from Canada Council, BC Arts Council, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Yukon Arts Fund and has also been the recipient of the Best in Ceramics and Glass Award at the Sooke Fine Art Show.  Samantha’s work has been exhibited in public galleries across Western Canada, and is currently represented by the Jonathon Bancroft Snell Gallery in London, Ontario, as well as the Madrona and the Apartment Galleries in Victoria, BC.

“My work preserves the raw, visceral and versatile qualities of clay through textural and abstract forms and surfaces that entice a sensory experience, while calling attention to the quiet or dynamic space inside and between forms.” -Samantha Dickie

 

Learn More!

For full symposium information, please visit http://www.canadianclaysymposium.com

  • All participants must be pre-registered.

  • Registration is now open. Early Bird Registration is $125 for Adults or $110 for Seniors and Post-Secondary Students (plus GST) until January 15th, after that date Registration will be $150 for Adults or $131.25 for Seniors (plus GST).

  • The Senior & Student Discount is only available through phone, in-person and mail-in registration, on-line registration includes only the pricing option for regular Adult registration.

  •  All Fees include lunch.

  • Register by mail (cheque payable to the City of Burnaby) or by phone to set up a new account: 604-291-6864.

  • Those previously registered in Burnaby programs can access webreg online at: www.burnaby.ca/webreg

Newsletter#5: Simon Levin & Samantha Dickie.pdf (click to download this article)

R:evolution – tradition – technology

The 7th Triennial Canadian Clay Symposium

Saturday, March 18th, 2017 - Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby, BC

REGISTER BEFORE JANUARY 15th!

 

Come on, you can admit it. We all have that personal love/hate relationship with technology. Our next Symposium explores technology as it affects us (or not) in our studio life and practise. Are you using technology as a tool for creating work? As a research or design medium? As a means of communication or connection with peers or clients? Or have you tried to keep your distance from new trends in technology as you focus on traditional means of making? This is your chance to explore and contrast the differences between traditional and technological approaches to working with clay while you delve into the techniques and work of several well known ceramic artists.

Come on, register today… you know you want to!

 

R:evolution – tradition – technology, is a ceramics symposium for ceramic arts students and professionals that brings together for one day ten nationally and internationally recognized artists. Presenters will discuss and demonstrate their personal techniques including personal insights into how and where they choose to employ the tools of technology. Presentations will encompass theoretical topics as well as practical techniques in areas such as sculpture, hand-building, wheel-throwing, finishes and firing.

Several other workshop opportunities are planned in conjunction with the Symposium, and many galleries will feature ceramic themed exhibitions to coincide with the Symposium. Check the website for listings of gallery exhibits and workshop opportunities with the Symposium presenters. http://www.canadianclaysymposium.com

 

Sunshine Cobb

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and growing up in southern California, Sunshine Cobb worked many jobs and took a great variety of college classes on her quest to find her bliss. While searching, Sunshine tried various careers- housekeeper, customer service agent, production assistant, massage therapist, child/elder caregiver- until she finally discovered ceramics. After a short stint at Chico State University, Sunshine went on to graduate with a BA in Studio Art from California State University at Sacramento in 2004 and her MFA in Ceramics from Utah State University.  

Ceramics has been the major influence in Sunshine’s life for 15 years now. She is currently focusing on functional ware, embracing the richness of earthenware and is exploring the challenges of electric firing. Sunshine finished a long term residency at the Archie Bray Foundation and was chosen as one of the 2013 NCECA Emerging Artists. She works from her own studio in Sacramento, California! 

“I rely on texture and color to create a sense of motion and time in my work. I hope to instill a sense of age, like one finds apparent in discarded objects, with the aim to infuse feelings of nostalgia and wanderlust in my ceramic objects. Through form and surface my goal is to communicate a sense of home and memory but also to evoke that feeling of wanderlust that has informed my own life and visual sensibilities." - Sunshine Cobb

 

Steven Young Lee

A contemporary artist working in ceramics and mixed media, Steven currently works and lives in Helena Montana where he has been the Resident Artist Director of the Archie Bray Foundation since 2006.

Steven received his MFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004 and has lectured and taught extensively in North America and Asia since then. Steven lived and worked in China while on a cultural and educational exchange and locally has been a visiting professor at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. In March 2013 Steven lectured and participated on a panel, “Americans in the Porcelain City,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Also in 2013, he was invited to participate in “New Blue and White,” an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston that featured contemporary artists working in the blue-and-white tradition of ceramic production. Steven has exhibited work widely across the United States including mounting six solo exhibitions. His work has been collected by several museums including the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Museum and appears in many private collections. Steven has juried or curated numerous exhibitions throughout the country and each year since 2007 Steven has juried the Archie Bray residency program.

"My current work examines the process of recognition-how individuals draw realities based on experiences and environment. Through functional pottery and sculpture, I challenge pre-conceptions of style, form, symbolism, superstitions and identity." – Steven Young Lee

 

Learn More!

For full symposium information, please visit http://www.canadianclaysymposium.com

  • All participants must be pre-registered.

  • Registration is now open. Early Bird Registration is $125 for Adults or $110 for Seniors and Post-Secondary Students (plus GST) until January 15th, after that date Registration will be $150 for Adults or $131.25 for Seniors (plus GST).

  • The Senior & Student Discount is only available through phone, in-person and mail-in registration, on-line registration includes only the pricing option for regular Adult registration.

  •  All Fees include lunch.

  • Register by mail (cheque payable to the City of Burnaby) or by phone to set up a new account: 604-291-6864.

  • Those previously registered in Burnaby programs can access webreg online at: www.burnaby.ca/webreg

Newsletter #4: Sunshine Cobb & Steven Young Lee.pdf (click to download this article) 

R:evolution – tradition – technology

 

The 7th Triennial Canadian Clay Symposium

Saturday, March 18th, 2017 - Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby, BC

REGISTER BEFORE JANUARY 15th!

 

How timely. A Symposium dedicated to a topic we all ponder these days. The Why’s, the How’s and the If’s we consider when thinking about the role technology may play in our ceramics practices and studios. Where do you stand? Are you informed? Join us to explore and contrast the differences between traditional and technological approaches to working with clay. Come on… you know you want to!

R:evolution – tradition – technology, is a one day ceramics symposium for ceramic arts students and professionals that brings together ten nationally and internationally recognized artists to share and explore the ways contemporary ceramic artists interact with and employ new digital technologies. Presenters will discuss and demonstrate how they use technology as a tool for making work, in their artistic enquiry, or as a means to connect with peers and their market. Presentations will cover theoretical topics as well as practical techniques in areas such as sculpture, hand-building, wheel-throwing, glaze and firing technology and clay bodies, offering an opportunity to investigate the relevance and role of traditional methods in contemporary society.

This newsletter will continue to provide information about each of the ten Symposium presenters as well as other Symposium materials. Check the website for listings of gallery exhibits and workshop opportunities related to the Symposium. http://www.canadianclaysymposium.com

 

Jason Walker is currently a Bellingham based studio artist currently working in Hawaii. Jason is well respected as an artist, teacher and presenter. He has taught and lectured extensively at locations including Emily Carr University, the Archie Bray Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Haystack Mountain and Penland Schools for the Crafts as well as in Jingdezhen, China and Kecskemet, Hungary. Jason’s finely detailed and crafted work is included in many collections around North America.

“The culture I live in does not emphasize our physical connection and dependence on nature. The current ideology is reliant upon technology, and it promotes disembodied activity such as television [and] computers… The gap between man-made and natural is ever increasing. Light bulbs, plugs, power-lines and pipes that grow from the earth are common images found in my work, juxtaposed with birds, insects, and organic matter such as leaves and trees. Similar to the thinking of the Hudson River School of painting, I attempt to portray nature’s vastness and human-kind as a small proponent of it. Yet I draw the small things of nature large and the huge creations of man small.” – Jason Walker

Learn more about Jason and see many examples of his work at http://jasonwalkerceramics.com/

 

Ruthanne Tudball was born and grew up in Southern California where the surrounding landscape later provided inspiration for her pots and surfaces. Moving to England in 1968, Ruthanne’s early throwing skills were mostly self-taught before completing post-graduate study at Goldsmiths’ College, London. Ruthanne has been a full time potter now since 1989, becoming an internationally renowned potter specializing in salt and soda glazed ceramics. Ruthanne has given workshops worldwide, recently in India, Australia, and South Africa, and has exhibited across the United Kingdom, Europe, USA, and Japan. Her 1995 book “Soda Glazing” is a favourite reference for atmospheric firing and her work is included in museum collections in Oxford, Shanghai, and Taipei.

 “My inspiration comes mainly from the natural world around me and the energy in the evolving landscape celebrating the rhythms and creative forces of the earth and the human body. Work which concerns itself with the highlighted areas and shadows, shiny and matt surfaces and textural qualities punctuated by the play of fire and vapour is what I endeavour to achieve. I see my work as a potter as an active participation in a way of life that is celebrating the beauty of the world around us and the intimacy of human relationships, enjoyment, caring and warmth.” – Ruthanne Tudball

 

Learn More!

For full symposium information, please visit http://www.canadianclaysymposium.com

  • All participants must be pre-registered.

  • Registration is now open. Early Bird Registration is $125 for Adults or $110 for Seniors and Post-Secondary Students (plus GST) until January 15th, after that date Registration will be $150 for Adults or $131.25 for Seniors (plus GST).

  • The Senior & Student Discount is only available through phone, in-person and mail-in registration, on-line registration includes only the pricing option for regular Adult registration.

  •  All Fees include lunch.

  • Register by mail (cheque payable to the City of Burnaby) or by phone to set up a new account: 604-291-6864.

  • Those previously registered in Burnaby programs can access webreg online at: www.burnaby.ca/webreg

 

Newsletter #3: Jason Walker & Ruthanne Tudball.pdf (click to download this article)

R:evolution – tradition – technology

The 7th Triennial Canadian Clay Symposium

Saturday, March 18th, 2017 - Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby, BC

 

We are regularly faced with technological advances in our day to day life, but what about in our studios? Are you finding new and exciting ways to use modern digital technologies in the creation or marketing of your work… or finding ways to continue to explore your making more traditionally? The 7th Canadian Clay Symposium offers you an opportunity to dip your toes into the technological pool to explore fresh creative opportunities.

R:evolution – tradition – technology, a one day ceramics symposium for ceramic arts students and professionals, brings together ten nationally and internationally recognized artists to share and explore the ways contemporary ceramic artists interact with and employ new digital technologies. Presenters will discuss and demonstrate how they use technology as a tool for making work, in their artistic enquiry, or as a means to connect with peers and their market. Presentations will cover theoretical topics as well as practical techniques in areas such as sculpture, hand-building, wheel-throwing, glaze and firing technology and clay bodies, offering an opportunity to investigate the relevance and role of traditional methods in contemporary society.

Continue to watch this newsletter for information about each of the ten Symposium presenters as well as reports about other events and workshops that will run in conjunction with the Symposium.

Katrina Chaytor has been a faculty member at the Alberta College of Art and Design since 2001. Alongside her teaching profession, Katrina maintains an active studio practice and national and international exhibition schedule. Katrina is a popular presenter who has conducted workshops and/or enjoyed residency and research opportunities in Mexico, Greece, Crete, the United States, Italy, France and England. Katrina is grateful to have her work recognized through a number of awards including the Alberta Craft Council Award of Honour in 2010.

"Decoration is integral to my research and pottery practice in its capacity to be both performative - delighting the eye, and informative - as a cultural carrier of meaning. In my current work, I “mine” our digital culture, embedding computer icons and symbols into decorative compositions on my ceramic works; synthesizing the digital with a decorative intent. Computer icons are signs of the technological environment of our 21st century society that permeates both the personal and public domains of our lives, as we navigate and communicate in this digital terrain of hashtags, @’s, cursors and clouds. Beauty and “delighting the eye”… is achieved when the icons are repeated, layered, patterned, overlapped and imbued with coloured glazes on the surfaces of my pottery.”

Learn more about Katrina and her work at www.katrinachaytor.com

 

James C. Watkins is a ceramic artist who has been working professionally with clay for over 30 years.  His work is included in the White House Collection of American Crafts, and the Shigaraki Institute of Ceramic Studies in Shigaraki, Japan. James teaches Architectural Ceramics and Architectural Drawing in the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University where he received the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Mr. Watkins is also a Paul Whitfield Horn Professor, the highest honor that Texas Tech University may bestow on members of its faculty in recognition of national and international distinction for outstanding research or other creative scholarly achievements.  James has co-authored two books, “Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques” and “Architectural Delineation, Presentation Techniques and Projects”.  His work is also the subject of a book entitled “A Meditation of Fire the Art of James C. Watkins” by Kippra D. Hopper. 

  • James is known for his large scale double-walled ceramic vessels and laser cut porcelain substrate tiles. He is recognized for his textured surfaces, created by using alternative firing techniques, as well as his colourful lustered surfaces created through multi-firings and fuming.

 

Learn More!

For full symposium information, please visit http://www.canadianclaysymposium.com

  • All participants must be pre-registered.

  • Registration is now open. Early Bird Registration is $125 for Adults or $110 for Seniors and Post-Secondary Students (plus GST) until January 15th, after that date Registration will be $150 for Adults or $131.25 for Seniors (plus GST).

  • The Senior & Student Discount is only available through phone, in-person and mail-in registration, on-line registration includes only the pricing option for regular Adult registration.

  •  All Fees include lunch.

  • Register by mail (cheque payable to the City of Burnaby) or by phone to set up a new account: 604-291-6864.

  • Those previously registered in Burnaby programs can access webreg online at: www.burnaby.ca/webreg

 

Newsletter #2: Katrina Chaytor & James Watkins.pdf (click to download this article)

 

R:evolution – tradition – technology

The 7th Triennial Canadian Clay Symposium

 Saturday, March 18th, 2017 - Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby, BC

 

Where do you sit on the technological continuum in your ceramic practice? Are you forging ahead, finding new and exciting ways to use modern digital technologies in the creation or marketing of your work… or hunkering down and finding ways to continue to explore your making in traditional ways?

R:evolution – tradition – technology is a one day ceramics symposium exploring the ways contemporary ceramic artists interact with and employ new digital technologies; as a tool for making work, in their artistic enquiry, or as a means to connect with peers and their market. Attendees will also have the opportunity to investigate the relevance and role of traditional methods in contemporary society.

The Canadian Clay Symposium will feature ten national and international artists who have been invited to share their expertise with ceramic arts students and professionals. Through numerous simultaneous presentations of images, lectures, demonstrations, critiques, panel discussions and a topical keynote address, the topics of presentation cover theoretical topics, as well as practical techniques in areas such as sculpture, hand-building, wheel-throwing, glaze and firing technology and clay bodies.

Over the next months we will share through this newsletter some information about each of the ten Symposium presenters as well as report about other events and workshops that will run in conjunction with the Symposium.

Currently Aaron Nelson is the Associate Director at Medalta, a museum, residency, research and education centre in Medicine Hat Alberta. In addition to his work as an arts administrator, consultant and technical educator, Aaron also maintains an active studio practice. Currently Aaron’s studio research focuses on the intersection of digital technology and traditional ceramic practice. He has lectured on this topic throughout Canada and his research has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, The Alberta Foundation of the Arts, and the National Research Council.

In his “Connectivity” project, Aaron’s handmade traditional tea cups, platters, vases and porcelain chandeliers are connected, sometimes by way of their decorative gold luster, with electrical and electronic circuitry, telephones, iPods, generators, light bulbs and audio speakers. The gilded decoration works as a simple circuit board – the surfaces of the ceramics become energized with flowing electrons as they transmit electrical current and data. Visitors are invited to ‘turn on’ and interact with the pieces physically or through their electronic devices.

Learn more about Aaron and his work at these links:

 

Gwendolyn Yoppolo uses words, ceramic objects, and food to stretch boundaries and transform perception.  She creates sensuous kitchen- and table-wares that use the physical experience of hunger and satiation to allude to larger issues of human desire and relationship.  Her visionary designs challenge us to rethink the ways we nourish ourselves and others within contemporary food culture. “The pieces I make are questions, and they remain open-ended until fulfilled through use.”

Gwendolyn earned an MFA in Ceramics from Penn State University, has been a resident artist at the Penland School of Crafts, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and the Archie Bray Foundation.  Gwendolyn has taught at Ohio University, The Ohio State University, and Juniata College, as well as at art centers such as Arrowmont School of Crafts and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. A passionate educator and thinker as well as a maker, her writing can be found in Studio Potter, Pottery Making Illustrated, and Passion and Pedagogy. 

Learn more about Gwendolyn and her work at www.gwendolynyoppolo.com

 

Learn More!

For full symposium information, please visit http://www.canadianclaysymposium.com

  •  All participants must be pre-registered.

  • Registration is now open. Early Bird Registration is $125 for Adults or $110 for Seniors (plus GST) until January 15th, after that date Registration will be $150 for Adults or $131.25 for Seniors (plus GST).

  • Seniors Discount is only available through phone, in-person and mail-in registration, on-line registration includes only the pricing option for regular Adult registration.

  • All Fees include lunch.

  • Register by mail (cheque payable to the City of Burnaby) or by phone to set up a new account: 604-291-6864.

  • Those previously registered in Burnaby programs can access webreg online at: www.burnaby.ca/webreg

 

Newsletter #1: Aaron Nelson & Gwendolyn Yoppolo. pdf  (click to download this article)