Turning Forty - The Art of Ceramics at Circle Craft

Event Date: 
Fri, 2013-03-01 - Tue, 2013-04-09

Circle Craft Cooperative Association, in celebration of their 40th anniversary, is pleased to present a group ceramics exhibition, “Turning Forty - The Art of Ceramics at Circle Craft,” in their gallery located in the Net Loft on Granville Island, March 1 – April 9, 2013. The exhibit will feature: Judith Burke, Rachelle Chinnery, Mary Fox, Gordon Hutchens, Jeremy Hatch, Laurie Rolland, and Tanis Saxby.

Judith Burke

Judith Burke received a BA in art history and an MA in painting from the University of California, Berkeley. She began studying ceramics in 1957 and has been making pottery professionally since the mid-1970s. Alongside creating functional stoneware, Judith sets aside time to experiment in other areas.

Judith has received numerous awards for her work and has participated in many invitational shows. Her work is part of personal and international collections including the Shepparton Art Gallery in Australia and The World Ceramic Exposition in Korea.

Judith Burke has been a member of Circle Craft Cooperative since 1982. Her studio is in Maple Ridge, BC.

Rachelle Chinnery

Rachelle Chinnery makes large sculptural vessels and a line of hand-carved white porcelain. She has been making ceramic work for over 20 years now, 17 years after she learned how to pot in Japan. Her full-time practice began seven years ago when she moved to Hornby Island, BC.

Her carved work earned her the BC Creative Achievement Award in 2007. This work is in museums in Asia, Australia, and Europe.

Rachelle says, “Apart from all that what I like best about the work I make is how people respond to it at the Farmers Market on Hornby Island, which is one of only three places the public can get my work. I've stopped wholesale altogether. “

Very recently, Rachelle finished her first large installation of sculptural work at the Campbell River Art Gallery.

Rachelle Chinnery has been a member of Circle Craft since 2004. More info at: rachellechinnery.ca

Mary Fox

Mary Fox has worked as a professional potter in Canada since 1979. Her innovative creations have established her reputation as a dedicated and exacting craftsperson in her field.

Mary delights in the challenge of creating contemporary works based on classic lines. Beautiful form, exquisite balance, and a sense of contained energy are hallmarks of her work. Fox has received critical acclaim for her works that have been exhibited nationally and internationally in both exhibitions and galleries.

Mary says, “My focus is on expressing the beauty and strength of pure form and then creating unique glazes that will enhance my vessels. For my decorative vessels I have developed glazes that can imbue my work with the look of unearthed antiquities. For my functional ware, I use glazes in a variety of solid colors designed with the user in mind.”

Mary Fox has been a member of Circle Craft Cooperative since 1986. She resides in Ladysmith, BC. More info at: maryfoxpottery.ca

Jeremy Hatch

Jeremy has won many awards for his work and has exhibited around the world, including Canada and the US, as well as China, Japan, and Korea. Jeremy received his BFA from Emily Carr University and his MFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

In the image to the left, hand-knit coat hangers are saturated with porcelain and fired, burning away the original yarn, becoming a fossilized trace of the original. What remains are fragile mementos of daily rituals and domestic activities. Objects that contain and evoke opposite notions at the same time: function and dysfunction, beauty and ugliness, creation and destruction, remembering and forgetting …

More info at: jeremyhatch.ca

Gordon Hutchens

Gordon Hutchens first became intrigued with pottery at the age of 14 during a visit to Japan, watching potters at work and seeing the revered position of pottery in a culture.

Gordon’s studio is nestled in 19 wooded acres in the secluded north end of Denman Island, BC. For many years, Gordon has operated his extensive studio here while exhibiting across Canada – from Halifax, Montreal, and Toronto to Vancouver and Victoria. He has also had over 25 one-man shows and over 70 group exhibitions across Canada and the US, with three major exhibitions in Japan. Permanent collections include the Bronfman Family's "Claridge Collection" and the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Gordon's work is well known for the depth and diversity of his glazes and the strength and refinement of his forms. He produces a variety of work from sculptured to functional, and utilizes an extremely broad range of techniques.

He says, “I'm attracted to variable glazes where subtle differences in the action of the flame can make a dramatic difference in the character of the glaze, where fire tells a story. I get excited by the power of heat, the way fire brings about the transformation, the metamorphosis of elements I've combined into something new.”

Gordon received an honours degree in fine arts from the University of Illinois majoring in ceramics (clay and glass blowing).

Gordon has been a member of Circle Craft Cooperative since 1977. More info at: gordonhutchens.com

Laurie Rolland

Laurie Rolland of Sechelt, BC has made her living as a potter since graduating with honours from Sheridan College of Ontario in 1978. She has worked almost exclusively in oxidation and is known for her unique hand-built vessels.

Her work has been recognized nationally through numerous grants and awards. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in juried and invitational exhibitions, winning awards in many of these. Rolland’s work can be seen in 17 published books on ceramics, and is in private, corporate, and public collections around the world. Laurie Rolland was elected to The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2004.

She says, “I make hand-built vessel forms that are inspired by the natural world around me. My work is primarily non-functional and is fired in an electric kiln; the surfaces are highly textured and the colours are organic and earth based.

“Since 1991, I have used the metaphor of the boat (vessel: container/ protector) as representing the human made cultural object. I integrate this with organic ‘grown’ forms or textures that are inspired by the natural world around me. The resulting object is an attempt to symbolically heal the conflict between nature and culture.”

Laurie Rolland was an original founding member of Circle Craft Cooperative in 1973 in Victoria. More info at: laurierolland.com

Tanis Saxby

The photo on the right is called “Skin and Bones.” “This sculpture is an abstract representation of both the sensuality of the skin and the raw decay of bones. The combination of soft unprotected skin and decayed bones attempts to reveal the fragility of the body, human life, and ultimately an elegant beauty in the vulnerability of the human experience,” says Tanis.

Tanis has exhibited across Canada and in France. She has won several awards and scholarships. In 2005, she did an international residency in ceramics, Vallauris, France.

Her education includes the Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, BC, an apprenticeship with a carver/stone sculptor on Salt Spring Island, BC, and the University of Victoria.

More info at: tanissaxby.com



“Turning Forty - The Art of Ceramics at Circle Craft,” March 1 – April 9, 2013 | Circle Craft Shop & Gallery
Open Daily 10 am – 7 pm | 1 - 1666 Johnston St., Net Loft Granville Island
tel [604] 669 8021 | shop@circlecraft.net | Admission: FREE
For information about other upcoming gallery exhibitions, visit: www.circlecraft.net