Russell Hackney: Making in the History

Russell Hackney

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Russell Hackney as their next speaker at a free public lecture Sunday, June 12, at 2 pm. The lecture will be held in Studio 103 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC). This marks a return to in-person presentations, and Covid restrictions in place at the time will be respected. All are welcome and encouraged to attend, but registration is required. Please see below for instructions as to how to register.

Russell Hackney  holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 3D Design. He was born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, an area commonly known as The Potteries. The birthplace of a 300-year industry, the region has produced many of the world’s most renowned ceramics such as Royal Doulton and Wedgwood. Hackney comes from a long line of Master Ceramists: his grandfather worked in a Potbank, and his father spent much of his career working as a modeller and mould-maker at various factories. Later, he started his own company, Brunswick Ceramic Services. Joining the family business at 16, Hackney learned to model shapes and embossment designs for a variety of clients, including modelling a replica 19th Century clock that was presented to the Queen. In 2002, Hackney immigrated to Canada and opened his studio in Vancouver, Russell Hackney Ceramics, where he produces a signature collection of ceramics, personal works, custom designs and provides mould-making services.


Embossment – cast porcelain Hare vase

In his talk, Making in the History, the artist will discuss the area of Stoke-on-Trent, England, and his family history of three generations working in ceramics. How has the  Pottery Industry of Stoke informed the work he creates today? Russell will discuss the role of moulds in the making of ceramics both in terms of Industry and for the individual maker. In a wide-ranging talk, he will also place in context the coexistence of minimalism and the decorative in his own work.

Russell Hackney’s talk will take place on Sunday, June 12, at 2pm, in Studio 103 at the Shadbolt Centre, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC.  We look forward to seeing you there!

To register, go to the WebReg website and enter barcode 662675. For more information about how to register, see  the information page.  You will require a pin number, but information about obtaining a pin is available on that page.

For more on Russell Hackney, please see his website.