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
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.
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
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.