My work is an inquiry into the ceramic process and the relational aspects of utilitarian objects. Utility is the vehicle that allows for deeper engagement with my work; one that promotes not just visual and intellectual engagement, but physical interaction so that the work can become a conduit for a social circumstance or experience. I make objects that are accessible and have the ability to perform in many contexts; in the kitchen, at the table, on the wall and in the gallery setting. My work is created with the intention for it to go on to have a life of its own, one beyond my influence.
Robin DuPont's education in the field of ceramics has been wide-ranging and includes educational training from four institutions, in three different countries. With a completed BFA from Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, DuPont also studied at Kootenay School of the Arts, in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia and completed his MFA graduate degree at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, USA. His professional development experience in ceramics also includes a three-year apprenticeship with a studio potter, several research and work-studies in Canada, USA, Australia and Korea, and artist in residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Red Deer College and the Medalta International Artist in Residency program. DuPont was the 2011-2012 Rawlinson Visiting Artist at the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary, Alberta and visiting faculty with the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Robin DuPont's pots exude the essence of aesthetic conviction, skillful discernment, clarity of strong form and a master's control of the flame path. He captures the atmosphere and turmoil of a wood or soda kiln to create a brushed magic on the surfaces of his pots; pots that embrace their inherent purpose to enhance daily life, authentic in their role to serve and undeniable in their sensuous beauty.
Katrina Chaytor, nominator
Ceramics Faculty, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Alberta
PHOTOS: Frances Juriansz