emerging artist (hot mud edition): Maaike Charron

“Books Acquired January 1 to June 30 2013” 2013 photo by Amanda Larner.

“Cup 326: City of God, by Saint Augustine”

“Cup 204: The Wild Road, by Gabriel King”

Cup 76: Come, Thou Tortoise, by Jessica Grant”

“Cup 61: Lords and Ladies, by Terry Pratchett”


A Library of Teacups Artist Statement

A Library of Teacups was an exhibit of handmade ceramic teacups, shown at the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador Gallery from October 13th to November 10th 2012.

Books and tea are two of my great loves in life, and they go together swimmingly. I made a one-of-a-kind teacup inspired by each book I own–just over 450. The idea was to fill the room with a towering, borderline overwhelming display of pottery. I wanted it to feel like walking into a library—books don’t talk, but they have presence and personality, and they will tell you stories if you listen.

Why teacups? Because (much like books) they lend themselves to individuality, to standing as one in a herd of many. There is a cultural expectation of uniformity for household food vessels. Plates and bowls must match. Glasses must be identical to one another. Even single items like serving platters or salad bowls are often chosen for how well they complement other dishes, or even the rest of the kitchen. Students and other fledgling adults may scrape and scramble for a few years with the family hand-me-downs and a few odds and ends picked up from Value Village, but once settled away into careers and respectability—once settled in a Real Kitchen—the motley dinnerware is replaced with the standard, regimented vessels.

But mugs and teacups have largely escaped the dictates of décor. What kitchen does not have a riotous cupboard or two of chipped, mismatched and utterly beloved mugs? Who doesn’t know the cracks in the bottom of their favourite coffee cup better than the lines on their face? The deeply personal and individual act of cradling a cup of tea is best carried out, it appears, with the assistance of a personal and individual teacup. And the enjoyment of a good book is best enhanced by a cup of tea.

Hot Mud: A National Survey of Contemporary Canadian Emerging Ceramists


Elisa Au (British Columbia), Twist, 2013

Opening at the Burlington Art Centre on September 7

Hot Mud: A National Survey of Contemporary Canadian Emerging Ceramists

celebration of its 35th anniversary, the Burlington Art Centre (BAC)
present a national juried exhibition of contemporary Canadian ceramics
by emerging artists. The BAC is uniquely positioned to host this
exhibition as it houses the country’s largest, permanent collection of
contemporary Canadian ceramics.

A jury of senior curators and
artists selected the participants in five regions across Canada – the
Atlantic Provinces, Québec, Ontario, the Prairies and the Territories,
and British Columbia. The jurors have a long view of history and a
vision of our future. They are Gloria Hickey (Atlantic Provinces), Alan
Elder (Quebec), Rachel Gotlieb (Ontario), Greg Payce (Prairies & the
Territories) and Sally Michener (British Columbia)

selected artists are: Eliza Au and Tanya Doody, British Columbia; E. M.
Alysse Bowd and Robin Lambert, Alberta; Robin DuPont, Manitoba; Carole
Epp Saskatchewan; Zimra Beiner, Magdalene Dykstra, Janet MacPherson,
Mary McKenzie, Lindsay Montgomery, and Denise Smith, Ontario; Marianne
Chenard, and Amelie Proulx, Québec; Maaike Charron,Newfoundland and
Maja Padrov, New Brunswick.

The symposium Saturday September 7 from 10 AM to 3 PM

an educational component, we will hold a one-day symposium on Saturday
September 7. Each juror will contextualise their regional choices within
a national and international discourse. It will be followed by a round
table discussion with selected artists moderated by Jonathan Smith,
Curator of the Collection, Burlington Art Centre.

Both the exhibition and the conference are open to the general public, free of charge.

For the conference reserve your seat with Gillian Goobie at goobieg@thebac.ca or by telephone at 905-632-7796 ext:326


Carole Epp (Saskatchewan), To the Best of their Knowledge, 2013


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