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Eye on the Esplanade: Ceramics exhibition shows varied interpretations of Canada’s formation – Medicine Hat News

by ahnationtalk on March 24, 2017163 Views

March 24, 2017

This year, Canadians will celebrate 150 years as a nation. To commemorate this unique occasion, the Esplanade Art Gallery presents Oh Ceramics! a national exhibition featuring 16 ceramic artists from across Canada. We thought it was most appropriate to present an exhibition of high-calibre Canadian artists working in clay, the bedrock of our region and our city.

Our endeavour began two years ago, when my colleague Joanne Marion inquired if I would like to co-curate a national ceramics exhibition. After six months of research and deliberation, we determined a group of artists and invited them to create pieces in response to Canada’s formation, 150 years of confederation, and what the future may hold. These 16 ceramic artists, from B.C. to Nunavut to Newfoundland, interpreted this creative journey through a multitude of diverse themes and spent a year creating the works. The results are as varied as Canada’s cultural sphere: From bone China yunomi vessels inspired by the horizon line of the prairies to Women’s March Selfie Stations to wood fired lidded pots in the shape of curling rocks.

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