Debra Sloan, President

Debra Sloan attended Emily Carr College of Art and Design, graduating with honours in ceramics and sculpture in 1982. She attained her BFA from ECUAD in 2005. She has exhibited, taught, adjudicated and served on all the regional craft Boards including the NWCF Board, which she joined in 2007 and became President in 2018. Since 2005 she has been collecting materials for a BC ceramics archive, and is collaborating with the Craft Council of BC (CCBC) to create a BC Ceramics Marks Registry (BCCMR). She has published in Ceramics Art and Perception, Technical, Fusion, Studio Ceramics Canada and Ceramics Now. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is held in public collections, most recently the Museum of Anthropology, and it appears in six LARK 500 books. In 2015, she was the recipient of the Hilda Gerson Award (CCBC), and Honouree for the Mayor’s ARTS Award [Vancouver] for Craft and Design. She presents at symposiums and attends international residencies, awarded a Canada Council for the Arts, for her 2019 residency in Shigaraki, Japan. Working mainly as a figurative artist, she was the first sculptor to have ventured in the sculptor/commentary direction, as 2014 Artist-in-Residence, at the Leach Pottery in its 95-year history. Her work can be viewed at