September at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery: Julie Oakes and Paul Mathieu

Julie Oakes: Awestruck Calendar of Ecology  
Paul Mathieu: Flower Vases with Flowers in a Vase

Opening Reception: Sunday, September 20

Join us this Sunday to celebrate the opening of our fall exhibitions. Julie Oakes will present an Artist Talk at 1:30pm followed by the Opening Reception at 2:30pm. Members receive 20% off in the Shop all day.
Following her hugely successful Swounds exhibition in 2012, Julie Oakes returns to the Gallery with her new exhibition of sculptures and installations, Awestruck Calendar of Ecology.
Her work explores themes of spirituality found in nature while
addressing ecological concerns about the sustainability of the planet.
Awestruck Calendar of Ecology is made possible in part by a contribution from the The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation – The Musagetes Fund.

In Flower Vases with Flowers in a Vase,
Paul Mathieu has created multiples of Matisse’s 1927 sculpture head
“Henriette.” Here, he flips the heads over and repurposes them as vases
onto which he creates various reproductions of famous still-life
paintings of ceramic vases with a bouquet of flowers.


CCF/FCMA logoThe
Canadian Crafts Federation / Fédération canadienne des métiers d’art is
proud to present Hindsight/Foresight, our first annual Contemporary
Craft Symposium.  The Symposium brings together professional voices
from across the country for a discussion on their past, present and
future, and the influences that have affected their careers. 

As the title suggests, speakers will
explore their own personal histories and their plans for the future.
They will explore the effect national recognition and other milestones
have had on their practice, and their impressions of contemporary Craft
in general.

is intended to fuel interest in Contemporary Craft practice and
showcase the broad range within the field. Each speaker is a recipient
of the Bronfman Award. The presentations and discussions will celebrate
the community of excellence recognized by the Saidye Bronfman
Foundation, (now one of eight Governor General’s Visual Arts Awards)
which highlights the best in Canadian visual art each year with a
$25,000 award. With this common thread, the speakers and moderator will
discuss not only the development of Craft in general, but the impact of
recognition and awards on the local, national and international
speaker comes from a different material practice, including ceramics,
metal and wood. Their experiences intersect and diverge across the
spectrum of Craft, with both shared and unique experiences throughout
their esteemed careers. The perspectives presented on practice and the
purpose of Craft will preface a panel discussion where audience members
have the chance to ask questions and be engaged in the debates.  This is
a key focus of the Canadian Crafts Federation / Fédération canadienne
des métiers d’art, whose annual activity regularly focuses on sharing,
collaboration, awareness and appreciation of Craft with our regional
partners, the Provincial and Territorial Craft Councils across Canada.
provides the opportunity to inspire people in the local and national
cultural community to talk about the potential of Craft, artistically,
economically, and conceptually. At its core, the symposium is intended
to incite debate, reflection and inspiration. We hope you will join us
for the exploration!

Project made possible with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.  

Hindsight/Foresight will take place in
the Lecture Hall at the National Gallery of Canada on October 18, from 3
– 7pm. Be sure to get your tickets in advance as seating is limited.
Book your ticket today! 
Speakers: Paul Mathie, Michael C. Fortune, Kye Yeon Son, with moderator Charles Leton-Brain
Visit their website for more details.

Objects of Desire – Upcoming Symposium

Objects of Desire
an international ceramic symposium with masters
5th – 26th July, 2012
the three week syposium, workshop participants will create new works, share
information and learn new techniques through the formal and informal
sessions, discuss the advances and developments in this expanding field of ceramics through a series of presentations
and lectures from all the participants. The workshop
will culminate in an exhibition of the work created during the symposium
in the Museum of the International Ceramics Studio.
Featured Masters:
Paul Mathieu (Canada)

His work in ceramics uses function and decoration as concepts
to explore the specificity of ceramics within art and culture.
Altogether art, design, media and crafts, the works contest and subvert
these categories to show their irrelevancy, ultimately.

Márta Nagy (Hungary)
Márta Nagy works within themes, and her
symbolically-charged art is characterized by a diversity in form and
decoration. Márta Nagy uses snow-white Hungarian porcelain and
red-firing chamotte clay. Almost always she combines the two. She
handbuilds her sculptures. The techniques she uses to colour her works
are various: metal oxide, coloured clay, lustre glaze, gold and silver
leaf. The combination of hese exceptional colourings are Nagy’s
signature; combined with the unpredictable forms they present a very
personal and unique work.

How to participate
At the International Ceramics Studio we have
comfortable ceramic studios and on site accommodation in single bedrooms
(provided with bedding, pillows, blankets, towels etc.). The
accommodation is self catering and we have large modern kitchens for
preparing meals and lounges for socialising. Artists have full 24 hour
access to their studios.
Cost of participating in the symposium is
210,000 HUF and includes, accommodation in single room, studio space,use
of all equipment etc. Extra costs will be for the materials and firings
you use.
Please email Steve at for details and application. 
International Ceramics Studio
H-6000 Kecskemét
Kápolna u.11

Telephone and Fax: +36 76 486867

Curator Talk: elegant disorder

elegant disorder

perspectives on porcelain

Elegant Disorder: Perspectives on Porcelain is a
group exhibition featuring contemporary artists Paul Mathieu, Sin-Ying
Ho, Shelley Miller, Elizabeth Zvonar and Brendan Tang. Presented at
Satellite Gallery, this exhibition engages with the history of
porcelain—in particular, contemporary expressions of the blue-and-white
motifs reminiscent of Chinese Ming Dynasty wares. With more than a dozen
works on display touching on pottery, sculpture and photography, this
exhibition joins new perspectives to familiar porcelain motifs.

The works in this exhibition make a compelling statement: porcelain
is an active and vivid vehicle for our imagination. It has always been a
force in global trade and industrialization since early modern times
and, while its proliferation is a direct consequence of Western
colonialism, it is seldom considered within critical discussions of that
history. This ancient material may seem obsolete within today’s
technocratic societies, yet it continues to thrive, as it has for
thousands of years, in both applied and creative fields.

Elegant Disorder seeks to make visible the tensions between
local and global identities embedded within porcelain’s materiality and
design. It is from this perspective that each artist in the exhibition
subverts expectations of craft and decorative arts as well as gender
roles. Each engages with the questions of history, technology,
sexuality, colonialism, and labour that have long intersected on
porcelain’s elegant surface.

Elegant Disorder: Perspectives on Porcelain is curated by
Louis-Alexandre Douesnard-Malo, a candidate in the Master of Arts
program in Critical and Curatorial Studies at the University of British
Columbia. For more information please visit:

This exhibition is made possible with support from the Michael
O’Brian Family Foundation, the Killy Foundation and the Audain Endowment
for Curatorial Studies through the Department of Art History, Visual
Art and Theory, in collaboration with the Morris and Helen Belkin Art
Gallery at the University of British Columbia.

Please join us for the Curator’s Tour of Elegant Disorder with Louis-Alexandre Douesnard-Malo.

Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 2pm

Space is limited. Please RSVP to reserve your place: or

Free. Refreshments will be provided. Visit our website for further information: