Curated by School of Art Professor Mary Ann Steggles, MUD, Hands, fire. Wheel Thrown. The Legacy of Canadian Studio Pottery offers an exploration of the evolution of ceramics in Canada since the 1960s. Never intended to be comprehensive, the resulting exhibition and accompanying catalogue propose to increase appreciation of the studio pottery movement in Canada.
Mary Ann Steggles begins her quest in British Columbia and ends it in Lonsdale, Ontario. She considers multiple international influences on studio potters, some originating in Japan and Korea and the Bauhaus in Europe, as well as the transfer of knowledge from one generation of potters to the next. She also notes threads of cultural and social shifts that brought these artisans into each other’s professional or educational sphere. For their contributions to the cultural fabric of their communities, provinces and country, many of the 34 featured artists have received such recognitions as the Saiyde Bronfman Award for Excellence in Craft, Governor General’s Award in the Visual and Media Arts, Companion of the Order of Canada, Queen’s Jubilee Medal and membership in the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
The exhibition catalogue, Mud Hands, Fire, includes essays by Patricia Bovey, Diane Carr, Susan Close and Call Minogue, and Mary Ann Steggles, and will be launched at the opening of the exhibition.