20/20 Perspectives in Canadian Ceramics
Saturday, March 21, 2020, 9am - 5pm
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby, BC, Canada
This year the symposium spotlight shines on home grown Canadian ceramic artists, their work, techniques and how their Canadian identity and perspectives help shape their practice.
Experience a full day of ceramic immersion with like-minded ceramic students, professionals and presenters. Hear about current trends and techniques and watch exceptional demos that will give insights into presenters’ methods of hand-building, wheel throwing, sculpting, slip casting, decorating and atmospheric firing.
We are extremely proud of the talent and variety of ceramic approaches this Canadian focus has brought to this symposium. Learn from well respected artists Carole Epp, Mary Fox, Jeremy Hatch, Steven Heinemann, Cathi Jefferson, Sarah Pike, Julie Moon and our Keynote Speaker, Linda Sikora.
The symposium is further enriched by a variety of pre- and post-symposium activities including expanded workshop opportunities with select presenters at locations throughout the province as well as ceramic-based exhibits around the Lower Mainland.
Spotlight on Presenters…
Sarah Pike is a full-time ceramic artist living and making functional slab-built pots in Fernie, BC, Canada. She studied ceramics at Alberta College of Art and Design, University of Colorado, and the University of Minnesota. Sarah was featured on the cover of Pottery Making Illustrated in 2015 and is a member of the Canadian ceramic collective, Make & Do. Sarah is obsessed with textured clay and hand building techniques. If she isn’t making pots, she is probably out exploring the mountains around her home and spending time with her family.
”I enjoy pottery that conveys personality, a slight air of attitude, that first step off the path. In that vein, my pots are never entirely symmetrical, as though they are leaning towards animation. I like this static sense of energy in pottery. It evokes the plastic nature of clay in its raw form, but also the movement associated with the pot's intended use. It reflects our beauty and awkward imperfections; imperfections that celebrate the handmade object over mass-produced, industrial ware. My pottery is inspired by many things, including the landscape around my home, the rich history of ceramics, but also by antique tinware, textured metal, and old things you might find in barns.”
Learn more about Sarah and her work at https://www.sarahpikepottery.com/
See Sarah demo at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=444WKpvyszE
Visit Sarah on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sarahpikepottery/
Julie Moon is a Toronto based ceramic artist. She received her BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2005 and completed her MFA at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2010. Prior to attending OCAD, Julie studied fashion and spent over a decade working in Toronto’s garment industry. Julie’s love of ornament, pattern and the human figure have continuously inspired her creative practice. Julie has participated in numerous residency programs, including The Ceramic Art Center in Berlin, Anderson Ranch Art Center, the Archie Bray Foundation and a long term residency at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and has exhibited her work widely across the US and Canada, including Birch Contemporary in Toronto, MASS Gallery in Austin, TX, the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh and the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN. She has also worked on several commercial projects and collaborations with Anthropologie and Union Design art consultants in Toronto.
”My ceramic sculptures are created through an intuitive and meditative process of pinching and coiling clay. The finished forms, whether soft undulating mounds or pinched slabs attached to open structures, are painted with vivid colors and patterns that either punctuate or distract from their form. The work I make now, continues to reflect my interest in the body and the communication of ideas surrounding identity and culture. For the past few years, I’ve been expanding on a series of botanical sculptures. The development of this body of work has been an exploration that makes visible, my perception of the natural world. It has been an effective means to merge my interests in decoration and utility, sculpture and painting.”
Learn more about Julie and her work at
Hear Julie talk about her 2012 RBC Emerging Artist Nominee submission piece at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1j8DmTHJBqc
The Toronto Star writes about 5 Canadian Women ceramic artists with work in the Gardiner Museum’s Collection https://www.thestar.com/life/2019/03/23/five-canadian-women-ceramic-artists-on-their-passion-for-clay.html
Registration Details Matter…
Please register early for the best pricing.
o Early bird pricing: First 200 tickets $135.00 + gst
o Thereafter: $165.00 + gst
o Fee includes lunch
o Barcode 508502
o No refunds after Jan 15, 2020
o By phone: 604-297-4440
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The Canadian Clay Symposium is sponsored by Canadian Clay, Northwest Ceramic Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and the City of Burnaby.