Category Archives: Speakers

Eliza Au

Eliza Au | “Transition and Cross-Pollinating”

Eliza Au

Hymn to Calamity, 2007, ceramic, steel frame and lights, overall dia. 350.5 cm; height 208.2 cm.

“Transition and Cross-Pollinating: Investigating Ceramics and Other Materials”

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Eliza Au as their their featured speaker at a free public lecture January 28, 2010 at 7:30 pm. The lecture will be held in Room 245 North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver). All are welcome to attend. Continue reading

Thomas Aitken and Kate Hyde

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Thomas Aitken and Kate Hyde as their featured speakers at a free public lecture Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at 7:00 pm. The lecture will be held in Room 245, North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver). All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Continue reading

Mariko Paterson McCrae

Mariko Paterson McCrae | “Life in a Ceramic Nebula”

Mariko Paterson McCrae

Mariko Paterson McCrae

The North-West Ceramic Foundation is pleased to announce Mariko Paterson McCrae as its featured speaker at a free public lecture Thursday, June 2, 2011, at 7:15 pm. The lecture will take place in Room 291, North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver). All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Continue reading

Thrown: A Panel Discussion

​The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to be sponsoring a special panel discussion on the exhibition and subsequent catalogue Thrown: British Columbia’s Apprentices of Bernard Leach and their Contemporaries recently published by the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery of the University of British Columbia. The panel will take place on Friday, September 9, 2011, at 7:30 in Room 245, North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver). All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Thrown was reviewed by long-time PGBC member Keith Rice-Jones in the August Potters Guild of British Columbia Newsletter. The panel will feature a slide presentation and discussion with Director/Curator of the Belkin and co-curator of Thrown, Scott Watson; Emily Carr University Instructor and well-known ceramist Paul Mathieu and Tam Irving, one of the artists featured in the exhibition and the book. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the talented artists who contributed so significantly to the history of ceramics in British Columbia.

Thrown (the exhibition), held at the Belkin Art Gallery in 2004, included some six hundred pots and related archival material. It was curated by Scott Watson and Lee Plested, with Charmian Johnson as special advisor. As Watson notes in the preface, the exhibition aimed at recuperating the studio pottery movement as an important component of the province’s cultural history, placing it in the context of the international studio pottery movement of the 1960s. Watson argued further that studio pottery was part of a world-wide social and cultural movement to counter “the destructive trends of our time.” Thrown (the book) includes new texts by Michael Henry, Tam Irving, Charmian Johnson, Glenn Lewis, Lee Plested, John Reeve, Naomi Sawada, Ian Steele, Nora Vaillant and Scott Watson, as well as reprints of historical and critical essays and letters by Glenn Allison, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Herbert Read, Doris Shadbolt and Soetsu Yanagi.

As Keith Rice-Jones asserts in his review, “Thrown is broader and more personal than a mere historical record. It recognizes and celebrates these roots of studio pottery in B.C., enlivening them and making them relevant to a new generation. Whether potters, teachers, collectors or users of everyday pots, Thrown is essential ceramic reading.”

The panel will take place on Friday, September 9 at 7:30 in Room 245, North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver). All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Nora Vaillant and Shelly Rosenblum

HIGH FIRE CULTURE | “Locating Leach/Hamada in West Coast Studio Pottery”

Nora Vaillant and Shelly Rosenblum

Nora Vaillant and Shelly Rosenblum

​The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to present a Curators’ talk by Nora Vaillant and Shelly Rosenblum to accompany the exhibition HIGH FIRE CULTURE: Locating Leach/Hamada in West Coast Studio Pottery. The exhibition will take place at the Satellite Gallery, 560 Seymour Street, 2nd Floor, Vancouver, BC, from May 24 to July 16, 2013. The Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, May 23, from 6 to 9 pm. The Curators’ Talk will take place on Saturday, May 25, at 4pm. Continue reading

Jim Robison

Jim Robison | Circumnavigating the Current UK Ceramics Scene

Jim Robison

Jim Robison

​The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Jim Robison as their featured public speaker on Friday, March 23, 2012. The lecture will take place at 7pm in Room 245, North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver). All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Continue reading

Julie York

Julie York | “Conflation of Object and Image”

Julie York

Julie York

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Julie York as their featured speaker at a free public lecture Wednesday, October 13, 2010, at 7:00 pm. The lecture will be held in the IDS Motion Capture Studio, North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver). All are welcome to attend. Continue reading

Paul Scott | “Landscape, Pattern and Promiscuity”

Paul Scott

Paul Scott

“A story of confected landscapes, their travels through media, material, cultures and Geographies”

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to present Paul Scott as their featured speaker Friday, October 14, 2011 at 7pm. The lecture will be held in Room 245, North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver). All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Continue reading

Alexandra Lambley | “Continuing Legacy: Mingei, Bernard Leach and The Leach Pottery Today”

Alexandra Lambley

Alexandra Lambley

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Alexandra Lambley as their featured speaker on ​Friday, April 27, 2012. The lecture will take place in Room 105 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue Burnaby, BC. Note, this is a different location for our lecture series talks. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Alexandra Lambley, a PhD student at University College Falmouth, Cornwall, and Research Fellow at The Leach Pottery, St. Ives, is currently carrying out research in Vancouver and its environs regarding British Columbia’s Studio Pottery past and present. The material gathered will be integral to her PhD thesis entitled Mingei and its Transnational Reception: A Comparative Study of Studio Pottery in south west England and west Canada, which she is to complete by December 2013.

Her PhD thesis, emphasising potter Bernard Leach’s role in disseminating Mingei philosophy and practice transnationally, will evaluate the legacy of Mingei and its multiple and differing receptions, with a particular focus on St. Ives and Vancouver. These two locations have been selected to highlight not only their relationship to Japan through Mingei but also to one another.

Taking place the night before Alex returns to St. Ives, the aim of this lecture is for her to give an overview of The Leach Pottery today, including the opportunities available to international potters. She will also talk about her research in the context of The Leach Pottery, and will summarise her thoughts and ideas following her four-week stay in British Columbia.

Alexandra Lambley’s lecture will take place at 7:30, Friday, April 27, in Room 105 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. We look forward to seeing you there.