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



Koi Neng Liew: Play Thing @ the Esplanade in Medicine Hat

Koi Neng Liew’s large-scale sculptures have a powerfully physical
presence inhabited by an elusive yet evocative sense of human spirit. In
this new work he presents a meditation on childhood and fatherhood, as
seen through the lens of play with his son.

Liew comments: “My son has a very different childhood than I did. He
has hundreds of toys: cars, planes, guns, action figures, videos
and Lego. I watch him as he imagines he is Megatron or Iron Man; he
creates his own alter ego, embodying the toys we play with. Fatherhood
has created an opportunity to relive my childhood. I play as though I am
a child again, but realize that in my son’s  eyes I am just as much a
toy as the ‘play-thing’.”

Koi Neng Liew is originally from Singapore, where he studied at the
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. He received a BFA from the New York State
College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2001, and an MFA from the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2005. Liew is the recipient of
numerous awards including the Roswell Artist in Residence 2008 grant in
New Mexico, and a 2005 Taunt Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation in
Montana. He is a featured artist in the Clay Art International Yearbook
published in Athens, Greece, and has exhibited in Canada, the United
States and China over the past 10 years. In 2010 Liew undertook the
year-long Artist Residency in the Medalta IAIR program and now is a
faculty instructor at Medicine Hat College in Visual Communications.

Jan 14 – Feb 25

Public Reception with the Artist
FRI Feb 3 | 7 PM

Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre
401 First St SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8W2
Hours: Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM / Sat 12-5PM
Statutory Holidays and Sundays CLOSED


call for artists: STROJICH FELLOWSHIP residency opportunity @ Medalta

1 month Residency; flexible date

Awarded to 1 individual
Fellowship Amount: $1,000 (CDN)
Studio Fee: $725 (CDN)
Application Deadline April 15th, 2016
AIR Application Form 2016


  • Must be mid-career Canadian Artist

Jurying Process: Short-listed candidates will be contacted by Medalta and undergo an interview process.

Studio Fee includes:

  • 24 hour studio access
  • Full access to the entire Historic Clay District site
  • All firings included
  • Glaze materials in test quantities
  • Use of shop glazes

Artist responsible for:

  • Materials and clay
  • Accommodations:

Medalta helps to facilitate accommodations within the Medicine Hat
community. We have a core group of interested community members who rent
space to our artists on a regular basis. Cost varies: approx.
$500/month (CDN)


call for artists: Tool juried by Martina Lantin



Apply today for Medalta’s International Art Exhibition

Application Deadline: June 20, 2015

Calling all artists – we’re accepting applications for our third annual international exhibition. First you mugged us (and we LOVED it), then we spooned (or should we say … ‘swooned’? Never mind, I’ll show myself out …). This year, let’s talk about your tool … wait, let us finish!

Each year we focus on a new theme and this year we’re looking at
process. You know what that means? That we’re providing the venue to
talk Shop with brilliant creative minds from around the world! We want
to hear about the process behind your beautiful work. What tools do you
use that are central to your process? Are you an improvisationalist or
are you more of a purist? Maybe you have a little something that aids in
firing … we don’t know but whatever it is, we would love to hear from

Our 2015 exhibition is titled ‘Tool’. We want to see photos of any tool
that’s central to your process and the work you make with it. It’s a
fascinating opportunity to connect to so many other artists and share
ideas through an exhibition. Time’s running out so get your application
in today!

Apply online and share your process with the world through Medalta’s International Art Exhibition!

For full details on application, an introduction to our Juror, or pretty much anything else, please visit our WEBSITE or email our Curator, Jenna Stanton at jenna@medalta.org.

Here’s a bit more about this year’s Juror Martina Lantin:

Medalta is excited
to welcome Martina Lantin into the Alberta Ceramics neighborhood and put her
through the paces as juror for our third annual international exhibition, TOOL.
I am honored to be the juror of Medalta’s
annual International exhibition. 
This year’s theme is “TOOL”. Medalta invites makers to submit
a photo with your favourite tool or tools and a description of how this tool is
an integral part of your process… and of course you will also show off what you
can create with these great tools of our trade so submissions will also include
up to 5 pieces of your work.” (DEADLINE JUNE 20th Online Submissions
and info @ www.medalta.org/tool )
This past
year Martina joined the faculty of the Alberta College of Art + Design in
Calgary.   She says of this
move: “I am excited for the opportunity to return to Canada and work within a
strong Ceramics BFA program and also be a part of the school’s growing
interdisciplinary MFA in Craft program.”
This new MFA in Craft Media, which is currently accepting
applications for their launch in September 2015, establishes ACAD as a unique
international centre of excellence for graduate studies in ceramics, glass,
fibre, metals and jewelry. The college is committed to a solid studio-based
experience for students with rigorous studio programs led by faculty who are
committed to teaching & leading by example through their individual professional
practices. Lantin is no exception. 
In her first year as the new full time permanent faculty in ceramics,
Martina has exemplified the dedication, hard work and diverse skill set that it
takes to be a professional artist both in and outside the classroom. 
With a studio space alongside students Lantin mounted the
solo exhibition ‘Iterative
Imitation’ in Calgary this spring and created work for the upcoming ‘Maverick
Pottery Invitational’ curated by Eva Lys Champagne at the Maverick Potter in
Salida, Colorado.
The May 2015
issue of Ceramics Monthly includes Lantin’s work from the ‘Maverick Pottery
Invitational’  as well as a feature
reflecting on her transition to earthenware from wood firing in the magazine’s
Spotlight’ section.  
This summer
Martina will co-lead a residency: “Create and Collaborate” at the Watershed
Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine. 
Joshua Paul Hebbert, Lantin and other invited artists will explore
collaboration and individual work in the studio with a focus on how objects are
translated between the hands and minds of a group of makers. 
To see more
images from Martina’s exhibitions and adventures head to her website at
Image Caption:
Imitation’ included a large scale embroidered teacup model made from Tyvek,
wallpaper based on the Blue Onion pattern, and a sequence of pinched cups
reflecting the Hutschenreuther prototype. 

This Friday!!!! Medalta International Cup Show opening reception and online sales!

International Cup Show Opens Sept 6 @ 7:00pm MST  

 Historic Clay District logo  


August 23 – September 28

Friday, September 6 @ 7:00pm MST


You are invited to Medalta’s first annual International Cup Show opening reception.  
150 entries from 10 countries, will be on display in our Yuill Family
Gallery. Cup Show Juror, International blogger and Saskatoon-based
ceramic artist Carole Epp will be on hand to speak about her selections
and award prizes to the winning entries. 
International Cup Show has been juried by Canadian ceramic artist and
international blogger, Carole Epp (administrator of the awesome Musing About Mud blog).  
show features some of the most interesting work we have been lucky
enough to exhibit from some extremely talented and creative artists.
on display for this exhibition is each artist’s interpretation of the
cup. Whether it’s a mug, teacup, yunomi, beer stein or creative
interpretation of the vessel, it’s interesting to see each artist’s
personality shine through.
One month artists residency and one month accommodation sponsored by:
Medalta and Medicine Hat College 
Purchase Prize sponsored by:
Medicine Hat College