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



Kiln Building Workshop with Martin Tagseth and Robin Dupont

This summer Martin Tagseth and Robin DuPont will combine their kiln
building and wood firing experience to lead a two week anagama kiln
building workshop in British Columbia’s Slocan Valley beginning July

With a focus on hands on construction experience, this intensive
workshop with also include discussions of kiln design and atmospheric
firing techniques. Students are invited to bring bisque-ware to partake
in the inaugural firing immediately following construction of the kiln.

(Dates may be adjusted to accommodate kiln construction and firing times)
July 20th Welcome BBQ
July 21st – 27th Kiln Building Workshop
July 28th – Aug 3rd Kiln Firing
Aug 9-10th Kiln Unloading

Course Fee
Workshop Fee is $495 (does not include housing or meals).
Firing Fee $100 (Students must bring bisque-ware).

This workshop will take place at the home & studio of Robin DuPont
in the Slocan Valley, near Winlaw B.C. This beautiful winding river
valley is known for its creative culture and offers visitors pristine
beaches, wildlife sanctuaries, world class recreational opportunities
and breath taking scenery.

Other Information
• Class size is limited. Space will be reserved on a first come basis
upon receipt of non-refundable $100 deposit. Balance of workshop fee is
due two weeks prior to course start date.
• Accommodations and Meals are not included in the course fee.
Please visit www.slocanvalleyrailtrail.ca for a list of campsites, B&B and other nearby accommodations and amenities.

Call 250-226-6964 or email

A weekend away.

nice wood stack for the kiln

It’s been quiet around here for a few days I realize. Forgive me I took a break and went out to recharge my batteries. Not the computer ones, but the ones for my soul.

Matt taking a technology break

Peter attaching handles

The last few days I had the amazing opportunity to attend a workshop with Matt Long, Peter M. Brondz, and Robin Dupont. Organized by the most generous of potters, Martin Tagseth, the last few days consisted of a small intimate group of us taking over Martin’s studio and sharing studio tales, experiences and knowledge.

Some of Matt’s thrown cups

Robin altering a beer tumbler

For me it was a reminder that I’ve been in the studio alot lately, nose to the grindstone. I should have let up and had a break after my show went up at the Mendel, but instead I’ve gone straight into production for 4 upcoming market sales. Perspective was offered up to me this weekend. A reminder to live in the moment; the wealth and value of a life lived following your heart; and the necessity of amazing friends that understand you on a variety of levels. Old friendships were re-established, new ones formed, debates and conversations around the kiln fire offering the usual late night insight that one misses when alone in their isolated studio.

Robin and Matt finishing up some gorgeous teapots

My desire to one day return to throwing (someday….fingers crossed) was definitely re-kindled by the immensely talented artists, inspiration and insight into how others forge the path of a life in clay gave new perspectives and faith in my personal choices. And a late evening walk in the surrounding prairies invigorated my love of this land where I was born and raised.

sunset over the farm yard.

I’ve returned to the city, a little changed, a lot the same, in need of a good sleep, but most importantly immensely thankful to everyone that made this weekend happen.

Cheers to Martin, Mark, Peter, Robin and everyone!

A special treat for me was to see a cup of mine that i’d traded with Martin was getting some good use. Always nice.