Oh Ceramics and Into the Wild open tonight at the Esplande

Jenn Demke-Lange: The Wild

May 13, 2017 – July 1, 2017

A BFA graduate from the Alberta College of Art + Design with a major in ceramics, Jenn’s visual arts practice focusses on the intersection of traditional ceramics and illustration techniques with the use of new digital technology. In this exhibition of new work, Jenn presents an installation with mural and sculpture animated by a projection, as well as series of ceramic plates whose illustrations explore her identity as both a Canadian and as a mother. She comments: “Recollecting my own personal experiences camping as both a child and in motherhood, this body of work celebrates the experience of wilderness and its ability to de-civilize… While adults easily become tame to civilization, it is the perspective and inherent nature of a child that can re-connect us to the innocence, wonderment and freedom of our child-like wild spirit. The imaginative “How to” illustrations on my plates explore whimsical ways of connecting to the wilderness; reminding us to howl at the moon, roar with laughter and wander with wide eyes.”

Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Jenn Demke-Lange now lives in Medicine Hat with her husband, two children and beagle. Jenn produces handmade ceramic objects from tableware to jewellery (visit her website mikind.ca), in her studio at Medalta, where she also maintains a part-time position as the Residency Programs Studio Coordinator.

Portions of The Wild will travel throughout Alberta in 2017 – 2020 with the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Traveling Exhibition Program, curated by Xanthe Isbister.


Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre

Community Development, City of Medicine Hat

401 First St. SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8W2



True North: Contemporary Canadian Ceramics

Brendan Tang
Alwyn O’Brien

True North:
Contemporary Canadian Ceramics

Sept 26 – Nov 9, 2014
Gallery M, Northern Clay Center
Opening Reception: Friday, Sept 26, 2014, 6
– 8 pm
True North: Contemporary Canadian Ceramics
Artists Lecture with Alwyn O’Brien and Robert Archambeau: Thursday, September
25, 2014, 6-8 pm
Additional Artist Lecture with Artist Rory
MacDonald: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:00 pm
Admission: Admission is Free. Advanced registration for the
lecture is encouraged.

2014 Regis
Master: Walter Ostrom
Sept 26 – Nov 9, 2014
Emily Galusha Gallery, Northern Clay Center

will give a free public lecture at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, in the
Pillsbury Auditorium, September 27 at 2pm.

Bruce Cochrane
Leopold Foulem
Amelie Proulx
Michael Flaherty

Robert Archambeau
Rory MacDonald
Xanthe Isbister

True North – the phrase comes from the Canadian National Anthem – will survey contemporary Canadian Studio ceramics. The border with Canada is, artistically, an open one: important Canadian Artists live and tech in the United States and some of the most important figures in Canadian ceramics were born in the United States. Representing such a large and diverse country and ceramic culture is not easy. True North brings together established figures and emerging artists. They represent the full geographical sweep of Canada from coast to coast, as well as the full spectrum of ceramic expression  – from uitilitarian pottery to abstract sculptures to mixed media creations. True North: Contemporary Canadian Ceramics is the first of two exhibitions highlighting hte countries that share borders with the United States. The second exhibition, in September of 2015, will feature the work of contemporary Mexican artists.

Walter Ostrom

2014 Regis Master: Walter Ostrom
September 26 – November 9, 2014, Emily Galusha Gallery

Walter Ostrom is Northern Clay Center’s 27th Regis Master; he is one of two ceramic artists bestowed with the title in 2014.  The other, Adrian Saxe, was featured in an exhibition in spring of 2014.  The Regis Masters Series began in 1997, and honors senior artists who have had a major impact on the development of 20th and 21st century ceramics.  The Regis Masters Series was originally supported by Regis and Friends and continues today through generous support from Anita Kunin and the Kunin Family, in honor of the late Myron Kunin, a philanthropist and former owner of the Regis Corporation.

Ostrom will add his story to a limited oral history of a senior generation of ceramic artists on Saturday, September 27, at 2 pm, with a free public lecture at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, in the Pillsbury Auditorium.

Related Events

We are excited to welcome Alwyn O’Brien to Northern Clay Center as a resident artist for the month of September. Stop by to visit her during daytime hours as she creates new work for the exhibition.

O’Brien will join Robert Archambeau for a free lecture on Thursday, October 25, from 6 to 8 pm in NCC’s Library. No pre-registration is required, but seating is limited.

Exhibition artist Rory MacDonald will join us in October for another special event. In addition to visiting with University of Minnesota students during his trip, please mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 21 at 6:00 pm when MacDonald will give a special free presentation at NCC.

Northern Clay Center’s mission is the advancement of the ceramic arts.  Ongoing programs include exhibitions of sculpture and pottery by regional, national, and international artists; classes and workshops for children and adults; studio space and grants for artists; and a sales gallery representing many top ceramic artists from the region and elsewhere.  Guided tours, hands-on events and artist demos are available.  The facility is handicapped-accessible.  Additional information about all programs can be found at our website at www.northernclaycenter.org

The Center is located at 2424 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis, MN 55406. It is one block south of Interstate 94, between 24th and 25th Avenues, just off the Riverside/25th exit.  Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; Thursday 10 am to 7pm; Sunday noon to 4 pm; closed Monday.

Last chance to check out some amazing ceramic shows at the Surrey Art Gallery

The future is already here: Alex McLeod and Brendan Tang

January 19 to March 24, 2013

See related events.
Brendan Tang, Manga Ormolu 5.0-c, 2009. Collection, Kamloops Art Gallery

What if the cyberworld of video games entered the frame of
19th century western landscape painting? Or if Ming Dynasty-style
ceramic vessels fused with the cartoon pop of contemporary
anime? Artists Alex McLeod and Brendan Tang deploy an arsenal of Asian
and Western historical styles, science fiction, popular culture, and new
technologies as they combine ceramics, photography, and projected video
to create mesmerizing fantasy worlds that probe the boundaries between
the real and the virtual.

The heart of this exhibition is a collaborative mixed-media
installation by Tang and McLeod that blends digital projection with
ceramic sculpture. Each artist is also represented by a selection of
independent work. Inspired by video games, Romantic landscape paintings,
and dioramas, McLeod’s surreal environments depicted in large panoramic
photographs exist in their own indeterminate time and space. Brendan
Tang’s colourful and wildly incongruous Manga Ormolu ceramic vessels
fuse Asian and Western historical decorative styles with pop art forms
derived from Japanese anime and manga. Guest curated by Rachel Lafo.

Ornamentalism: Clint Neufeld and Dirk Staschke

January 19 to March 24, 2013

See related events.
Dirk Staschke, Wishing Well, Knowing Otherwise; ceramic and mixed media. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Jones.

Everyday forms – from furniture and fruit to car engines and
confections – are transformed into poignant allegories of desire,
labour, and leisure by these two virtuoso ceramic sculptors.

Beyond the Vessel’s Edge: Ceramics from the Permanent Collection

January 19 to March 24, 2013

See related events.

Ian Johnston, R14 hip - f, ankle - f, 2005; stoneware with terra sigillata. Collection of the Surrey Art Gallery, gift of Stephanie Fischer.

The functional gives way to the sculptural in this collection
of ceramics by artists John Chalke, Tam Irving, Ian Johnston, Sally
Michener, Alwyn O’Brien, Linda Stanbridge, and Diana Lynn Thompson.

Surrey Art Gallery is located in the Surrey Arts Centre
13750 – 88 Avenue
Surrey, BC Canada V3W 3L1
1 block east of King George Blvd, in Bear Creek Park

Phone: 604-501-5566
Fax:. 604-501-5581
EMail: artgallery@surrey.ca

VOTE NOW – RBC Emerging Artist People’s choice award

Here’s your chance to have your say on some of Canada’s top Ceramic Art:

The Gardiner Museum is pleased to announce the inaugural $10,000 RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award. A panel of experts nominated five outstanding young Canadian artists, they are – Eliza Au of Richmond, BC, Jeremy Hatch of Madison, WI (originally from Vancouver, BC), Xanthe Isbister of Medicine Hat, AB, Alwyn O’Brien of Salt Spring Island, BC and Annie Yung of Montreal, PQ. This award provides each artist with the opportunity to showcase new work created specifically for the competition.

Cast Your Ballot and Have Your Say

Vote for the artist of your choice and explain your decision. The artist who receives the greatest share of the popular vote from museum visitors and online voters will win the $10,000 award. In the event of a tie, the winners will split the prize.

Either click on an individual artist link to see more about them and vote for them or visit the main website page here.