Ceramist Janet Macpherson is acclaimed for her technically complex use of slip-cast porcelain in the creation of intricate animal forms. The Gardiner Museum commissioned her to do a special solo multimedia exhibition in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary this year. It’s called A Canadian Bestiary.
Susan Collett, one of Canada’s foremost ceramic artists, explores the tension of strength against fragility in her hand-built clay sculptures.
It’s appropriate that Karine Giboulo’s first European showing is in Germany, ground zero of the international refugee crisis. The Montreal artist has created another of her exquisite miniature worlds to give us passionate social commentary – this time on migration.
Teresa Munn works with poetry in ceramics, via clay-scripted wall plaques and hand-held, textured forms. Her ceramic objects with texts are inspired by coastal walks.
I have a soft spot for ceramics, especially if they’re unorthodox. Kingston potter Marney McDiarmid perfectly fills the order with her translucent, fragile porcelain bowls. I think perhaps I’m so attracted to delicate, edgy ceramics because my mother’s generation was so into heavy, ugly quasi-Victorian dreck.
Heidi McKenzie’s story is as interesting as her ceramic sculptures. Five years ago, at mid-life, she rekindled a childhood passion for clay and took a residency at the foothills of the Himalayas in India with Mansimran Singh, student of iconic British potter, Bernard Leach.