Craft Culture talk in Calgary

is placemaking shaped by a tradition of craft? From Medicine Hat’s
Medalta factory, thriving on the rich resources of clay and natural gas
in the 1900s, to bespoke, digital means and mass customization, ‘craft’
defies narrow definition. And yet the ability to think with one’s hands
is pervasive in our connection to local culture and our natural
environment. What traditional ways of making and construction are
important to our city? And what economic possibilities does craft and
making afford?


Aaron Nelson / Medalta  | Ian MacGregor/ Museum of Making | Studio Collective |Jennifer Dobbin/ The Dobbin Group | Maddy Purves-Smith/ Custom Woolen mills


Tuesday March 8th, 2016

Doors Open: 6:00 PM

Program Start: 6:30 PM


We hope you like surprises. Location details coming soon. (It’ll be a good surprise we promise.)

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Help Simon Levin with his book project.

Simon says….”I am embarking on a humbling project, it is in its nascent stages but
I am committed to it. I am following in some giant footsteps and
writing a Wood-Fire book. All the stars are aligned and I am ready to go public and let you folks know.

One thing that has changed since Jack Troy wrote his formative book
“Wood Fired Stoneware and Porcelain” 21 years ago is the rise of social
media. Ideas, technology and imagery is spread so fluidly. There is a
lot of choice out there, and I can crowd source knowledge.

So this is my first call for images.
There will be more.

I am looking for drop dead images of kilns and people firing. Train
kilns, anagamas, cross drafts, manibigamas, groundhogs, Bourry box etc.

Please email high res 5×7 350 DPI images to:

Please add your name and type of kiln, exterior dimensions, and year it was built. Also any photo credits.

If I use it in the book, waiver requests will be forthcoming.”