40+Years in the Making: Women and Clay

40+Years in the Making: Women and Clay

The women represented in this collection, along with their male counterparts, rejected some of the old traditions and strict standards of art making and were instrumental in elevating ceramics to a recognized art form. They all pushed the established boundaries to explore and extend the limits of their materials.

Evan Quick and I are studio mates and have been friends for 40+ years. One day he described the project he was undertaking for Dimensions 2021 and asked me what I was going to make.

September 02, 2021 — Alix Gowan
Unity and Diversity, 2009

Tales from the Last Pandemic by Vivian Orr

In case you haven’t noticed we are in the middle of a global pandemic. During the last major pandemic, the H1N1 influenza pandemic in 2009, the Canadian Crafts Federation (CCF) organized Canada’s Unity & Diversity exhibition, featured in the Guest Country Pavilion at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea. We thought hearing about that experience would inspire you to persevere through COVID-19.
March 31, 2021 — Vivian Orr
The Magic of Indigo by Kathleen O'Grady

The Magic of Indigo by Kathleen O'Grady

For those of us who have had the pleasure of dyeing with indigo there is a beauty and magic to this natural dye, derived from the indigo plant. If you work with indigo, you don't just dye with it, you have a relationship with it. It is a complicated dye that takes years to master. Indigo is not just a colour; it is a slow process to produce the colour and dye with it. Dyers can (and do) spend years dedicated to just this one colour because of its amazing qualities.
September 28, 2020 — Kaitlyn Frolek
The Back Story on Something Brewing by Cindy Hoppe

The Back Story on Something Brewing by Cindy Hoppe

My work is grounded in prairie landscape, having morphed from a painter in my twenties into a fabric explorer specialist in my thirties and then back to landscape again in my fifties.  It was informed by my mother’s journey as well.  Myrna Harris and I were each other’s artistic support system; photographing ideas on country drives, thrifting materials, transforming them through dye, thread and quilting, and eventually hanging them on the wall. 
September 08, 2020 — Kaitlyn Frolek