Goyer Bonneau“45 Years – Encore 2” @ Jonathon Bancroft Snell Gallery

June 5th thru July 4th

Husband and wife team Alain Bonneau RCA and Denise Goyer RCA have
been creating classically modern designs in their Quebec studio since
the 1970’s. Their personal mandate has been to provide the public with
modern functional ware at affordable prices. Their modernist slip cast
porcelain has been featured worldwide. The local, national and
international clientele the gallery attracts made London, first choice
to host this retrospective showcasing examples of their work going back
almost five decades. Brian Cooke, curator, has assembled an impressive
exhibition that includes many rare and historical examples of their
work. Included in the exhibition are prototypes never seen before by the
public. A special attraction is ‘La Théière’ Designed in 1976 eleven
examples have been selected including the first and the last, a gold
glazed example created to mark the twentieth anniversary of their

In 2007 London hosted for the first time outside of Quebec, and the
first time in a private gallery, a major Goyer-Bonneau exhibition. Now
in 2015 “45 Years – Encore 2” will expand upon that exhibition by
including numerous examples from their archival collection many of which
are being offered for sale for the first time. In addition Brian has
put together some early hand thrown works that predate the Goyer-Bonneau

This is a truly historic exhibition by two of Canada’s top artists.

emerging artist: Terry Hildebrand


from a small town in Manitoba. I currently live  in Minneapolis where I
am in my third year of the MFA program at the University of Minnesota. I
graduated from the School of Fine Art, University of Manitoba in May
2007 with my honours degree in ceramics and a major in painting. From
2008 until 2011 I worked as studio technician in the Ceramics department
at the UofManitoba. I have been part of several group shows at the
Manitoba Crafts Museum, the Gallery of Student Art, Outworks Gallery,
and Ace Art.

make ceramic work out of porcelain, with a focus on teapots and cups. I
fire the pieces in a soda or a wood kiln to give them a delicate
flashing of reds, oranges, blues and greens. The earthy tones reflect
the earthen qualities of clay. I present my work in groupings, mostly on
wooden trays. Good craftsmanship, ergonomics, and visual balance are
important in my work. The main purpose of my utilitarian ceramic work is
undeniably its function. The ritual of its use becomes a central
experience. I create playful sets that  entice the users to interact
with each other and the tray. The sharing of food, drink, fellowship,
and play lie at the heart of our existence and the conscious ritual and
enjoyment of these are greatly enhanced by the experience of the visual
and tactile senses that the ceramic wares address.”