Speaker Series

The NWCF maintains parallel series of lectures by established local and international artists and emerging talents. These free public lectures are presented in the spirit of raising the level of discourse and awareness of the ceramic arts.
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2020

Martina Lantin. photo: Christina Hills

Martina Lantin | “Migration/Adaptation”

Following best practices as recommended by health professionals regarding the Covid-19 virus, the North-West Ceramics Foundation has reluctantly cancelled our upcoming lecture by Martina Lantin originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2020. We are committed to our public responsibility to help keep our community safe, and therefore have elected to avoid scheduling events with large gatherings. In our efforts to promote ceramics in British Columbia, we appreciate your support and look forward to re-scheduling Martina's visit in October or November ... Read More
Teresa Sudeyko (left) and Amy Nugent (right)

Amy Nugent and Teresa Sudeyko

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Teresa Sudeyko and Amy Nugent as their next speakers at a free public lecture “Artists, Executors, Institutions and Thieves: Why you want to keep your collection organized” on Sunday, February 23, 2020, at 2 pm, in Room 102 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC). The presentation is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to register with the Shadbolt. Please see below for instructions ... Read More

2019

Michael Kline

Michael Kline | “Living the Muddy Life”

In collaboration with the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, the North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Michael Kline as their next speaker at a free public lecture Friday, April 5, 2019. The lecture will be held in the Discovery Room at the Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby, from 7 to 8 pm. The talk is free and open to the public, but as space is limited, registering is highly recommended ... Read More
Carol E. Mayer | "Ceramics at a Museum of Anthropology?"

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 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 ... Read More
Sasha Wardell

Sasha Wardell | “Tempting Translucency”

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Sasha Wardell as their next speaker at a free public lecture Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 7:30 pm. The lecture will be held in the Rennie Theatre, room B2160, at Emily Carr University, 520 East 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC. All are welcome and encouraged to attend ... Read More
Trudy Golley

Trudy Golley | “Embracing Risk/Current Research”

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Trudy Golley as their next speaker at a free public lecture Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 7:30 pm, in Room 103, the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC). All are welcome and encouraged to attend ... Read More

2018

Heather Dahl

Heather Dahl | “Navigating a Creative Life in Clay”

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Heather Dahl as their next speaker at a free public lecture Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at 7:30 pm. The lecture will be held in the Rennie Theatre, room B2160, at Emily Carr University, 520 East 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC. All are welcome and encouraged to attend ... Read More
Jennifer Ling Datchuk

Jennifer Ling Datchuk | “Blue and White Forever”

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Jennifer Ling Datchuk as their next speaker at a free public lecture Sunday, September 23, 2018, at 2pm. The lecture will be held in Studio 103 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC) and will be followed by a small reception. All are welcome and encouraged to attend ... Read More

2017

Helen Walsh

Helen Walsh | “I Know my Geese are not all Swans”: The Ismay Collection of British Studio Ceramics

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Helen Walsh as their next speaker at a free public lecture Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at 7:30 pm. The lecture will be held in Studio 211 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC. All are welcome and encouraged to attend ... Read More
Nora Vaillant

Nora Vaillant | “On the Road with John Reeve”

The North-West Ceramics Foundation in collaboration with the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts Culture Days is pleased to announce Nora Vaillant as their next speaker at a free public lecture Friday, September 29, 2017, at 7:00 pm. The lecture will be held in the Studio Theatre at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC. All are welcome and encouraged to attend ... Read More

2016

Tam Irving

Tam Irving | “Meaning: A Journey of Discovery”

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Tam Irving, as featured speaker at a free public lecture Thursday, Feb.25, 2016, at 7:30 pm. The presentation will be held in Room 245 in the North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver). All are welcome and encouraged to attend ... Read More
Allan Collier

Allan Collier | BC Pottery 1920 – 1950

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Allan Collier as featured speaker at a free public lecture Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 7:30 pm. The presentation will be held in Room 245 in the North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver). All are welcome and encouraged to attend ... Read More
Sally Michener

Sally Michener | “Staying in Touch”

The North–West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Sally Michener as their featured speaker at a free public lecture Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 7:30 pm. The lecture will be held in Room 245, North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design at 1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver. All are welcome and encouraged to attend ... Read More
Alwyn O’Brien | “The Line and the Fold”

Alwyn O’Brien | “The Line and the Fold”

The North–West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Alwyn O’Brien as their featured speaker at a free public lecture Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 7:30 pm. The lecture will be held in Room 245, North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design at 1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver. All are welcome and encouraged to attend ... Read More

2015

Sadashi Inuzuka

Sadashi Inuzuka | “Clay, where is my life going?”

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Sadashi Inuzuka, as featured speaker at a free public lecture Tuesday, Nov.2, 2015, at 7:30 pm. The presentation will be held in Room 245 in the North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver). All are welcome and encouraged to attend ... Read More
Dig This

Dig This! Exploring BC Clay

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce four BC Ceramic artists, Robin Dupont, Sarah Lawless, Kathleen Raven and Brendan Tang, as featured speakers at a free public lecture Friday, March 20, 2015, at 7:30 pm. The presentation will be held in Room 245 in the North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver). All are welcome and encouraged to attend ... Read More
Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O'Connell

Dear Human | Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O’Connell

Dear Human projects offer an alternative perception to overlooked everyday landscapes by revealing the hidden potential of places and objects, hoping to inspire consciousness and curiosity. The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O’Connell/​Dear Human as their next featured speakers on Thursday, February 19, 2015. The lecture will be held in Room 245 in the North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver), at 7:30 pm. The lecture is free and open to the public, and all are welcome to attend ... Read More

2014

Paul Mathieu

Paul Mathieu | “PICTURE THIS! Ceramics and Pictorial Spaces”

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Paul Mathieu as their next featured speaker on Thursday, October 23, 2014. The lecture will be held in Room 245 in the North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver), at 7:30 pm. The lecture is free and open to the public, and all are welcome to attend ... Read More
Bruce Cochrane

Bruce Cochrane

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce internationally acclaimed potter Bruce Cochrane as their next featured speaker on Thursday, September 18, 2014. The lecture will be held in Room 105 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby), at 7:30 pm. The lecture is free and open to the public, and all are welcome to attend ... Read More
Robin Dupont

Robin Dupont | “Beyond the Surface”

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Robin Dupont as its featured speaker at a free public lecture Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at 7:30 pm. The lecture will be held in Room 245 in the North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver). All are welcome and encouraged to attend ... Read More
Rory MacDonald

Rory MacDonald | “Public Craft”

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Rory MacDonald as its featured speaker at a free public lecture entitled Public Craft, Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 7:30 pm. The lecture will be held in Room 245 in the North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver). All are welcome and encouraged to attend ... Read More

2013

Gail Nichols

​Gail Nichols

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Gail Nichols as its featured speaker at a free public lecture Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 7:00 pm. The lecture is organized is cooperation with the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and will be held in Room 103. The Shadbolt Centre is located at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue in Burnaby. All are welcome and encouraged to attend ... Read More
Gilbert Poissant

Gilbert Poissant | “Forty Years of Practice: From Object to Mural”

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to present a talk by Quebec ceramist Gilbert Poissant, "Forty Years of Practice: From Object to Mural." The lecture will be held on Wednesday, October 23, at 7:30 pm, in Room 245 in the North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver). All are welcome and encouraged to attend ... Read More
Nora Vaillant and Shelly Rosenblum

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

​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 ... Read More

2012

Ying-Yueh Chuang

Ying-Yueh Chuang | “In Search of Paradise”

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Ying-Yueh Chuang as their featured speaker at a free public lecture Thursday, November 29, at 7:30 pm. The lecture will be held in Room 245 in the North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver). All are welcome and encouraged to attend ... Read More
Gwyn Hanssen Pigott | "Pleased to Meet You: Introductions"

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott | “Pleased to Meet You: Introductions”

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce the Australian ceramic artist Gwyn Hanssen Pigott as their featured speaker at a public lecture, free with museum admission, Saturday, November 3, 2012, 1:00 pm to 3 pm ... Read More
Jae Won Lee

Jae Won Lee: Elsewhere

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Jae Won Lee as their featured speaker at a free public lecture Thursday, October 18, 2012, at 7:30 pm. The lecture will be held in Room 245 in the North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver). All are welcome and encouraged to attend. "Noticing things is crucial to making art: things about ourselves, problems, and challenges. Making art allows us to declare who we are." Jae Won Lee was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. She absorbed a love of Korean culture ... Read More
Alexandra Lambley

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

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 ... Read More
Jim Robison

Jim Robison | Circumnavigating the Current UK Ceramics Scene

​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 ... Read More

2011

Paul Scott

Paul Scott | “Landscape, Pattern and Promiscuity”

"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 ... Read More
Thrown: A Panel Discussion

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 ... Read More
Mariko Paterson McCrae

Mariko Paterson McCrae | “Life in a Ceramic Nebula”

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 ... Read More
Thomas Aitken and Kate Hyde

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 ... Read More

2010

Julie York

Julie York | “Conflation of Object and Image”

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 ... Read More
Eliza Au

Eliza Au | “Transition and Cross-Pollinating”

"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 ... Read More

2009

Katrina Chaytor

Katrina Chaytor | “A Decorated Practice”

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce Katrina Chaytor as their featured speaker at a free public lecture November 12, 2009, 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 ... Read More

EARLIER
Paul Mathieu, Justin Novak, ​Amy Gogarty, Patty Warashina, Janet Mansfield, ​Phil Slight, Alison Briton, Paul Davis, Ruth Chambers, ​Gail Crawford