Tanya Atkinson: Polar Bear and Rock Sculpture titled In Quest of Survival



Tanya’s polar bear and rock sculpture addresses the environmental and socio-economic issues that we are facing in the world caused by human activities.  Using various mixed media including black stoneware, translucent porcelain and paper clay, she hand builds the piece, uses oxidation firing and leaves the sculpture mostly unglazed to preserve details and textures.  Hand crafted each will slightly vary in colour, pattern, size and weight.  Retail Feature: Toronto Potters Biennial Exhibition titled FLUX In Quest of Survival was juried by Denis Longchamps (Executive Director and Chief Curator of The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery) and Susan Low-Beer (Award Winning Ceramic Artist).

Care & Use:  Decorative only.  The sculpture is heavy, please handle the item by the base where the weight is (not by the top edges).

Material: Mix of black stoneware, porcelain, paper clay and incorporating the found object for completion.

Measurement (in.): D8 x W12 x H10

Weight (lb.): 5+

SKU: 055001

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About The Artist

Tanya Atkinson

Tanya was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, lived in Cyprus in the 1980's, and moved to Toronto in 1990. After completing her MA in Geography/Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto in 1995, she worked for several years in Abu Dhabi, UAE, where she started taking her first pottery classes. After returning to Toronto in 2003, Tanya continued attending ceramic programs in community centers throughout the years. In 2011, she established a studio from which she currently works full time. Having a background in research has helped her to learn various sculpting, glazing, firing techniques and develop a style while continuing experimenting and learning.

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