Techno-ology: 3D Printing at Medalta and Spark Podcast

For today’s techo tid bit. We have a film straight out of the Medicine Hat wonder of Medalta about 3D printing. I would also like to suggest the CBC Spark Podcast Episode 217 that speaks to the implications of home 3D printing and ironically uses the example of a broken coffee cup!

Studio: Good things come in 3.



When I have my head down in work mode the world sort of melts away. The balance of a healthy and happy life wains and waxes like all things. Normally a pottery selling season is what dictates my lulls and busy times now as a student it is the semester’s deadlines. I am shocked to say it is midterm time more specifically week six of a 15week school semester. I find myself in three ceramic studio classes constantly flipping back and forth from three conceptually and physically different ways of making. Would you like to hear the breakdown?

1)Ceramic Studio

An exploration of form, line and color of functional ceramic tableware.

2)Independent Study

A body of  work commenting our North American crisis and fragmented industrial food systems and beliefs.

3) Large Ceramic Sculpture

A workshop class pushing the boundaries of clay and my first foray into hand building!

Studio: Updates on studio work pictures and anecdotes posted up all about the secret life of potters, this one in particular.

Exhibitions: Postmortem & Have-is

Please come to The AnnaLeonowens gallery and check out these lovely ladies’ shows!

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Dragana’s graduation exhibition, on finding closure and moving on.

Opening reception:
Monday, December 3, 5:30 – 7:00PM

Anna Leonowens Gallery
1891 Granville Street Halifax, Nova Scotia
NSCAD University

Public Hours
Tuesday – Friday
11am – 5pm
12 – 4pm

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Question: 3) Answering a Question a day for the BCPG Retail Jury!

3) Please explain your choice of materials and how they are appropriate to the intent of the pieces, both in purpose and visual appearance. 

All the materials I have come to use are chosen simply because they are what work and what is available in all practicality to the North American potter. After years of developing this Everyday Ungulates I have experimented and tested various clays, glazes, pigments, kilns and tools. From mixing and matching and altering I have come to use the present day materials to make these present day pots. As a scientist I am always seeking better compounds and processes to liberate the my artist self. Potters are of course both Artists and Scientists. The intriguing technical processes of chemical mixingand calculation and exposing mixtures to different environments and temperatures overtime is undeniably Science. The problem solving in design, process and intuition is Art. The two married together in making is what makes Craft. And so by this dichotomy it how my materials are chosen. I use three various plastic fine throwing clays all to yield slightly different texture and color, one standardized slip modified for color variation and three clear glazes for various functions. With the constant progression that is an Artist’s prerogative and quest of a conscious maker my materials will continue to change. I am forever trying to source and acquiesce more common materials mined closer to home and acquired by minimally invasive means. The Science and Artist and Maker will continue to battle is out for esthetic’s sake.

Exhibition: Variations on Symmetry


















Opening on June 15 at the Kootenay Gallery of Art is an exhibition entitled, Variations on Symmetry, by Canadian ceramic artists Eliza Au and Ying-Yeuh Chuang. These large scale installation pieces will at first glance surprise and delight. Upon further examination the viewer will come to understand the intricacies and level of detail that went into creating them.

Ying-Yueh Chuang explores symmetry in relation to repetition and patterning found in the landscape and natural environment. An example of this is the large scale piece entitled ‘+’ placed on the floor in the centre of one of the exhibition spaces, an intricate arrangement of delicate sculptures resembling underwater plants.

Eliza Au, in turn explores symmetry in relation to precision, order and scale found in architecture. As in architecture, materials are selected keeping in mind criteria such as structural strength and flexibility. Au’s two large ceramic mandalas entitled ‘Mediation of Order’ are references to Islamic tile patterns and Gothic tile and ironwork patterns.

This impressive exhibition combines ceramics and mixed media to create works that reflect the artists’ own hybrid culture influenced by their Asian origins as well as the contemporary Western culture in which they live and work.
Variations on Symmetry will be exhibited at the Kootenay Gallery, located on Heritage Way across from the Castlegar Airport from June 15- July 28th with an opening reception on Friday, June 15 at 7:00pm. There is no admission charge and everyone is welcome to come and meet the artists. For more information visit