Carol E. Mayer | “Ceramics at a Museum of Anthropology?”

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Carol E. Mayer as their next speaker at a free public lecture Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 7:30 pm. The lecture will be held in Studio 103 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC). The lecture is presented in collaboration with Crafted Vancouver. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Carol Mayer holds a PhD from the University of Leicester and is the founding president of the North West Ceramics Foundation. She heads the curatorial department of the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, where she is responsible for an international collection of more than 3000 ceramics. She has lectured extensively in Canada and abroad on issues relating to ceramics, museums and ethnography.

Her reviews, catalogue essays and critical writings have been published widely, and she has organized and curated numerous exhibitions and published widely about ceramics, most recently (2017) Don Hutchinson: The Artful Potter and The Space In Between: The Contemporary works of Sally Michener & Tam Irving. Carol has served on the Board of the Potters’ Guild and is an advocate for BC ceramics both nationally and internationally. Drawing on her long experience as a curator, Carol will discuss the art of collecting and will pose the question “What are ceramics doing in a Museum of Anthropology?” Her talk will include examples from the museum’s world-wide collection of ceramics, including those from British Columbia, and she will discuss the first major exhibition of BC ceramics due to open at the museum in November of 2019.

We would also like to mention that Debra Sloan will be speaking on Monday, May 13, 7-9 pm, in the Peter Kaye room at the downtown VPL. Debra will discuss her residency at the Museum of Anthropology, where she responded to Anabaptist, Faenza and Delftware held in the Koerner Gallery. Her talk is sponsored by the Craft Council of British Columbia in collaboration with Crafted Vancouver. Please contact the Craft Council to reserve a seat.

Carol Mayer’s lecture will take place on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 7:30pm in Studio 103 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC). We look forward to seeing you there!

For more on Carol and on the ceramics collection please see the museum’s website at