worth a listen: Steven Heinemann on CBC’s Q

“For four decades, Canadian ceramic artist Steven Heinemann has been turning clay into mesmerizing works of art. Heinemann has been widely recognized around the world with several national and international awards and prestigious residencies under his belt, and he came by the q studio to speak with guest host Ali Hassan about the challenges of working with clay, and the life lessons he’s learned from his art form.”

Read more and have a listen here on CBC.

Steven Heinemann @ The Gardiner Museum

Steven Heinemann: Culture and Nature

On now till Jan 21, 2018

Curated by Rachel Gotlieb

From the Gardiner Museum Site:

For the past thirty-five years, acclaimed Canadian artist Steven Heinemann has transformed the medium of ceramics in Canada. Working in varying scale, Heinemann explores the paradoxes between culture and nature, deliberation and chance, interior and exterior surfaces.

This first major retrospective examines Heinemann’s fascinating and evolving process to reveal how he uses form, texture, pigment, and imagery to achieve his wondrously tactile bowls, pods, and other universal shapes that embody the polarities between life and nature.

Heinemann’s process can stretch over months or even years, firing a piece multiple times, and reworking the surface by sandblasting, scratching, polishing, and stenciling to evoke glyph-like imagery. His studio is evoked in the gallery through an installation of sketchbooks and source material, including original photographs and a wall of ceramic test tiles. A time-lapse video shot by the artist documents a treated clay surface as it dries, warps, and cracks according to chance and calculation.

Click here to see Steven Heinemann in his studio discussing one of the works in the exhibition.

Wednesday November 8, 6:30 – 8 pm
Artist Lecture: Steven Heinemann
Steven Heinemann reflects on his career as a Canadian contemporary ceramist and how philosophies of ecology, cosmology, and ancient artifacts have inspired his work.
$15 General / $10 Gardiner Friends
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Saturday November 11, 2 – 4 pm
Steven Heinemann: Culture and Nature Exhibition Walk-Through
Join Steven Heinemann and contemporary ceramics collector Raphael Yu for a walk-through of Culture and Nature.
$30 General / $25 Gardiner Friends
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Saturday November 18, 10 am – 4 pm
Master Potter at Work: Steven Heinemann
Steven Heinemann leads an intimate observation-based workshop in our Community Clay Studio for emerging, established, and curious ceramic makers, exploring key elements of his artistic process.
$30 General / $25 Gardiner Friends
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Read more about Steven Heinemann in the Globe and Mail this week.


what’s been up lately….fusions, general hardware…craft ontario…make and do…a weekend of #canadianceramics

Hey Everyone,

I hope you can forgive the fact that a week went by without our usual emerging artist/monday morning eye candy and such posts. It’s been a crazy busy time around here lately. Rather then try to play catch up I thought I’d let you guys in on what’s been going on around here lately.

This past weekend I was in Toronto for the Fusion Clay and Glass Exhibition. Bringing together artists from across Canada it was a weekend filled with some of the great ceramic work that our fine country has to offer. I’m pleasantly exhausted and returned home feeling inspired and appreciative of those in our community that work tirelessly to bring events and artists together like this. Celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary this year the Fusion Clay and Glass Exhibition is known for the diversity and talent that it presents year after year. I highly encourage Clay and Glass artists from all over Canada to take note of this prestigious event and to reach out to the organizers to get involved for next year.

#canadianceramics Family picture at Fusion
such an incredible space at the Artscape Wychwood Barns

While in Toronto I always try to stop by and visit some of my favorite pieces at the Gardiner Museum.  Lovely to see some of Edmund DeWaal’s pieces there this time. And they also have a sweet exhibition on mapping the influence of Scandinavia Design in Canada highlighting both older as well as contemporary works by artists across the craft disciplines not just ceramics. If you have a mid-century chair obsession (as i do) then it’s a show worth catching.

Also took in the opening reception for Clint Neufeld’s new exhibition at General Hardware Contemporary and the opening of the new (incredible) Craft Ontario retail and exhibition space.  

I also had to steal a few minutes to run over to Harbourfront Centre to see the Lindsay Montgomery exhibition that was on in their vitrine gallery. She’s one of my favorite Canadian artists right now so I was pretty excited to get to see the work in person.

And fellow make and do ceramics member Shane Weaver gave us a tour of his latest project: dex(terity) lab. More on that very soon as he will be opening his doors to the public in November…very exciting to see such a beautiful ceramic work and retail space in Toronto. Every city needs one of these!

Okay….so that was just Toronto…

I’m also super excited to invite you to the Void Gallery exhibition of make and do ceramics which opens runs  from October 12th to November 6th. This is our first exhibition as a collective. A reception will be held Thursday, October 20th, from 7 to 9pm. Please stop by if you’re in the area or you can view/purchase work online as well. www.voidgallery.ca/makeanddo

 I’m sure I’m missing things I need to say… I especially want to thank all those that were involved with making this trip our to Toronto so amazing. It was the break from the routine and the inspiration I needed. xoxoxo carole