|Throughout my life I have been fascinated by the design process. My experiences as a child making tree forts, dress-up costumes and mud pies, in many ways influences how I pursue ceramics today. I use clay like a seamstress uses fabric, cutting patterns with curves and darts to change the shape and form. I envision my pots as pieces of architecture, always striving to create stable structures out of the pliable material all the while finding a balance in function and form. Each time as the clay is transformed from lifeless slabs to volumetric forms there is an excitement, a breath, an inhalation that I find nowhere else. |
I began my exploration of ceramics in high school in small town St. Clair, Michigan in an independent study program. Through this program I discovered a love of clay that led me to pursue the arts at Eastern Michigan University. Looking back at my youth I see the influences of creative people all around me. My father, a finish carpenter, is a precision craftsman. My grandmother created slip cast porcelain wares and dolls. My Mother was always pursuing one craft project after the other. It was inevitable that I would become a maker of some kind.
Elaine Brewer-White has been a clay sculptor for over 35 years. After graduating from Emily Carr College of Art and Design, she began a career in figurative sculpture, creating work for public and commercial galleries which has found its way into corporate and private collections worldwide.
Her figurative works incorporates social comment and humor and which has extended into private commissioned portrait sculpture. Reoccurring themes of love, solitude and joyful abandon are expressed through movement and color. A recent public commission features two outdoor portrait murals on a new building in the heart of Elaine’s hometown of Fort Langley.
In the last 6 years Elaine has added a pottery practise to her work, bringing her unique sensibility to one of a kind vases, bowls, mugs and platters. Each piece continues the feeling of play through her love of color and texture.
Elaine passion for the medium has lead her to teach workshops across B.C. and Alberta, and she’s recently added occasional workshops to her studio schedule in Fort Langley.
Above all else, she believes in promoting the soul affirming benefits of living a creative life.
Inspiration is drawn from historical ceramics on visits to Taiwan, China and recently Jingdezhen. The vast ceramic vocabulary in form, ingenuity and design is awe striking. My work in clay began at KSA and continued at UVIC and the Banff Centre. Nonstop discovery and with a goal to achieve an excellence in expression is my constant pursuit. Exhibited throughout Canada and in USA, Japan, Indonesia and New Zealand.
Alwyn O’Brien was born on a rural property on Salt Spring Island, B.C. to a family of makers and gardeners. Her ceramic practice has taken her across Canada, studying at Capilano College, Vancouver, Sheridan College, Ontario, and the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She completed her MFA at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington State., 2010.
Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, and is held in Museum collections in Canada and the U.S. In 2015 she was the recipient of the Winifred Shantz Award. She is represented by the James Harris Gallery in Seattle, Washington. Her current position as an Instructer at Langara College sees that her winters are spent in Vancouver, but she migrates home to Saltspring come summertime.
A closer look at Vin’s artwork will reveal that it contains the spirit of an urban environ yet is fused with a profound respect for nature and the logic and mystery in materials. Any single work could reflect various energies like that of a folk festival, a hip-hop show, drag pageant, cartoon realities, dreamscapes, a political rally, or a silent retreat. His work derives colour, shape and texture from walks in the downtown east side as much as it does from contemplative hikes into the forest with his dog.
Vin Arora is a Vancouver based artist working and teaching in ceramics, exploring material as means of social cohesion and community building as well as a means of inward reflection. Vin attended the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (Now ECU) starting in ’96 and has worked in clay in Vancouver ever since. Vin has worked with many great teachers, artists and potters in Vancouver and also takes influence from travels in India and Britain.
Techtonic Plate Series-Stoneware-2″x 11″x9″-2017
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