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.

Canadian Clay Collective

The mandate of the symposium is to provide a forum in which both professionals and students can gather and participate in an educational environment. Exposure to a wide variety of local and international practices, aesthetics and expertise fosters heightened awareness and furthers both technical skills and knowledge of the craft.