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12 TREES INAUGURAL AUCTION OF CANADIAN CERAMIC ART 2013

12 TREES INAUGURAL AUCTION OF CANADIAN CERAMIC ART 2013

INAUGURAL AUCTION OF CANADIAN CERAMIC ART

The Gardiner Museum is putting Canadian ceramic art at the centre of its Silver Anniversary celebration of 12 Trees of Christmas at the G Party.  Guests will have the opportunity to bid on items during the silent auction, and to ensure you’re prepared; we welcome you to browse our online gallery of artwork.  Read the biographies, artist statements, and preview the work itself!


 

ARTISTS


Thomas Aitken & Kate HydeThomas Aitken & Kate Hyde

BIOGRAPHY & ARTIST STATEMENT

Thomas holds a BFA: Ceramics, from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Canada and Kate a BA (Hons):Textiles, from Middlesex Polytechnic, U.K. They met whilst studying at the Masters program in Ceramics, University of Wales Institute Cardiff, U.K. In 1997 they opened a studio in Toronto, Ontario. They now have a home and workshop in the village of Warsaw, Ontario near Peterborough, Ontario. Here they work full time developing their own work and also collaborating on joint projects.

They have work in public and private collections across Europe and North America. 

On graduating from their Masters program University of Wales Institute Cardiff, U.K in 1996 Thomas and Kate created their own distinct work. Thomas developing his interest in functional objects that have clean lines and colour. Kate concentrating mostly on sculpture and drawing that references clothing and the human form. In 2005 they started to collaborate on pieces that they create together.

For the “Circus Punchinello” box they worked closely together throughout the creation of the piece. Thomas built the form, using a combination of wheel and hand-building techniques and Kate added the Punchinello on top and the relief figures on the side of the box. She then embellished the surface with drawings. Thomas then glazed the work.

This work is designed to both practical and visually intriguing. Their playful imagery references a variety of sources including the history of ceramics, the Commedia dell’arte and the circus.

Kate and Thomas have been involved over a number of years in various roles at the Gardiner Museum; from teaching, assisting with the setting up of exhibitions, and working in the office. Now that they work full time in their own studios its collection continues to play a significant role in the development of their work.


Scott Barnim

Scott Barnim is a long established potter from Dundas, Ontario. He began his career as an apprentice in a production studio, establishing a successful studio in the late 1970’s and eventually taking two years in Britain studying for an MFA in Ceramics from Cardiff, Wales. An occasional teacher/lecturer, Scott is best known for a successful studio based production of decorated stoneware. Coming from a family of craftsman and gaining  his foundation skills as an apprentice Scott has made it possible for many potters to work in his studio in that capacity. Many established successful potters have spent time work at Barnim Pottery. Throughout his career he has worked in salt glazed stoneware and limited productions of porcelain and earthenware.

For the past decade Scott has developed a body of work in the challenging technique of Islamic reduced pigment lustreware, a process with a rich history throughout the past thousand years. The technique of working in reduce lustre is a formidable challenge, making Scott one of only a few potters in the western world to work in this field.


Bruce Cochrane

Bruce Cochrane is an internationally acclaimed ceramic artist and recently retired Professor of Ceramics at Sheridan College. During his 30 plus years of teaching at Sheridan he was instrumental in developing the Ceramic Program’s reputation as one of the best in Canada. He is himself one of Canada’s pre-eminent ceramic artists with work featured in public and private collections around the world.

Bruce’s studies began at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and continued in Alfred, New York at the New York State College of Ceramics where he received his Masters of Fine Art. Since his graduation in 1978 Bruce has participated in over 275 exhibitions, and shares his knowledge through lectures, workshops and as an advisor at Harbourfront Craft Studios and the Mississauga Living Art Centre. He is sought after as a visiting artist all over North America.

In 2004 Bruce was honoured by the Ontario Crafts Council with the John Mather Award for his outstanding contribution to craft in Ontario. Throughout his career Bruce has remained devoted to his practice and the development of Canadian craft through teaching, exhibitions and publications. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec in Québec City, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England and the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa to name a few.


Susan Low-BeerSusan Low-Beer

BIOGRAPHY & ARTIST STATEMENT

Susan Low-Beer is an artist and a teacher. In 1999 she received the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Craft and in 2000 was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Art.

She has exhibited internationally and nationally and is represented in the collections of the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Modern Art in Japan, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in North Carolina, as well as other museums and private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe.

From February 7 - April 28, 2013, she exhibited at the Gardiner Museum in a solo show called Fragments of Self which was part of a larger exhibition called Transformation by Fire: Women Overcoming Violence Through Clay.


Hannun Lyn

BIOGRAPHY & ARTIST STATEMENT

Hannun Lyn’s work is a blend of delicate art and functional object. She is inspired by the simplicity of everyday life: observations, meditations, gratitudes and lessons learned. Working for a decade on a body of work solely in porcelain, her pieces are recognized for their paper thin, skin-like, translucent qualities.

Paper-thin porcelain. Not hard like a shell; but supple, like skin. Porcelain can be unforgiving. With each new series of pieces, she pushes the material toward its outermost limits, to the threshold of collapse. Navigating the space between her vision and the limits of the material is a beautiful way to practice mindfulness. Ethereal, beautiful, translucent, strong, fragile, she makes the porcelain to be like her own skin. Scars, scratches and imperfections: they make us beautiful. Bearing marks made by her and the fire – each one unique - the pieces evoke the human experience.

Hannun’s approach to her work and her chosen medium as a part of spiritual practice, thoughtfully, with awareness. It is is a continual exercise in thought, awareness, and presence. Trying to be authentic, honest, courageous; sometimes, accidentally, she is - at times - provocative. Each piece an act of disciplined respect for form, balance, and tension. The work grounds her, humbles her and it teaches her, every day. She is a maker whose goal is to not only explore the passion for the material and the process of her chosen craft, but also what the clay extends to her.

Hannun’s works are exhibited at Bounty – the Canadian Contemporary Craft Shop at Harbourfront Centre, Gardiner Museum Shop in Toronto, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo, the Burlington Art Centre in Burlington and Winnipeg Art Gallery Shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Thomas Aitken & Kate Hyde

Janet Macpherson

BIOGRAPHY

Janet Macpherson attended York University and earned her Bachelor degree in Philosophy. She studied at Sheridan for three years and received her MFA in ceramics at The Ohio State University, and this was instrumental to the significant changes that have taken place in her work. After taking an intense course in mould making, she began making small-scale sculptural pieces using plaster moulds for slipcasting. Macpherson was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship for two years, and then remained at The Ohio State University to teach as a lecturer in the Department of Art. She exhibited her new body of work at several venues in the United States including the 2009 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), National Student Juried Exhibition, in Philadelphia, The Sculpture Centre’s annual exhibition, “After the Pedestal” in Cleveland, Ohio where her piece was awarded Best in Show. Currently, Macpherson is Artist-in-Residence in the ceramics studio at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.


Audrey MahAudrey Mah

BIOGRAPHY & ARTIST STATEMENT

Audrey Mah is a contemporary ceramicist. She received her B.F.A. from Waterloo University, and continued her studies in ceramic design at the Ontario College of Art and Design.  Her work has been sold across North America and has been exhibited at the Gardiner Museum and Designer’s Walk.  Audrey is a resident artist at the Gardiner Museum where she shares her enthusiasm and knowledge for clay. She also teaches at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Avenue Road Arts School, Royal Ontario Museum and Toronto District School Board, and is an outreach artist for Arts for Children and Youth. Audrey has been the recipient of numerous art awards and grants from the Ontario Arts Council. 

Audrey’s interest in architecture has led her to concentrate on forms when creating a piece of artwork.  She enjoys creating geometric and symmetrical forms, with very clean, smooth, surfaces. Her bowls are simplistic, yet are powerful and eternal. Her forms have been enhanced by the surface application of terra sigillata, which gives her surfaces a look of radiance.  Terra sigillata is a lustrous coating of clay which resembles a glaze and is virtually waterproof.  The name means “sealed earth” and has been used to refer to the classical Greek Attic black-figure and red figure painted pottery.


Michelle MendlowitzMichelle Mendlowitz

BIOGRAPHY & ARTIST STATEMENT

Michelle Mendlowitz is a Toronto based ceramic artist who has completed her bachelor of design at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Since graduating in 2005 she has continued a studio practice, participating in several exhibitions and teaching both out of her studio and at the Koffler Center for the Arts.

Michelle’s work consists of both functional and sculptural objects and often falls in a space between these opposing ends of the ceramic spectrum. The forms she creates are derived from landscapes and borrow elements from nature, architecture and the human form. They serve as markers of time and intention through which she gains further insight into herself and the world around her.


Kayo O'Young

BIOGRAPHY & ARTIST STATEMENT

Kayo O’Young is a self-taught Ontario artist who is recognized as one of Canada’s finest porcelain potters.In the industry, he is known as “a potter’s potter” and he serves as both teacher and inspiration to numerous potters. Kayo’s work is the focus of numerous exhibits in prestigious museums, galleries, private and public collections worldwide. His work has also been the subject to two films: The Hand and the Spirit (TV Ontario, 1992) and Playing with the Fire (CBC Arts and Entertainment, 1993).

Each of Kayo’s pieces are one-of-a-kind originals. He pays the utmost attention to detail, leaving no area of the work untouched by his genius. Each piece is hand-signed by the artist. 

Covered Jar (1993) generously donated from the Ann Mortimer Collection


Greg PayceGreg Payce

BIOGRAPHY & ARTIST STATEMENT

Alive with history, movement, and possibility, Greg Payce’s vessels become animated before our eyes. Processions of figures emerge from negative space, projections of vibrant patterns dance across porcelain surfaces, holographic-like photos pulse with dimension. Running through all of his work is an homage to the craft masters of past eras.

For 43 years, Greg Payce has been shaping his experiences and passions at the potter’s wheel. He pulls from design, film, photography, philosophy, history – all while reinforcing his connection to fellow potters through the ages. He has been passing on this connection to the countless students he has influenced over his 24 years as an instructor in the ceramics program at the Alberta College of Art and Design.  Payce had a solo exhibition Greg Payce: Illusions at the Gardiner Museum in 2012 and received a Governor General Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2013.



Ship Jars From the Collection of Helen Gardiner

Purchased from the Gardiner Museum Shop by Helen Gardiner in 1994, these two ship jars retailed for $1,450 each.  A beloved item at the family home, her daughter Lindy Barrow has generously donated them to the Canadian Ceramic Art Auction in support of the 12 Trees G Party.


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