Artist: Jenn Demke-Lange

I have had a prolonged pottery crush on Jenn Demke-Lange. About year ago I posted about her asking if anyone had more information on her work, as I had purchased two wee mugs from the Alberta Craft Council Gallery and was in love with what they added to my esspresso and almond milk mornings. I was also intrigued with then having “Canada” inscribed on the bottom. I later learned on a visit to Medalta (a Canadian clay mecca, see Medalta post for more) that this was because of her participation in a International Craft Biennale as opposed to her own predetermined prerogative (it is an interesting forced predicament of patriotism that intrigues me.) Since that post a year ago both of her wee mugs have hit the dust due to moving and clumsiness. Potters can be the most brutish owners of vessels- use the darned things!  Now and then I long for them. The happy news is that there is a website up and running where we may ogle new her work: http://www.mikind.ca/ It is a lovely one at that complete with layered and evolving triangles. I am a sucker for a bright off-color triangle…

 I am therefore very pleased at the current trend of such brightgeo motifs and happy Jenn had the foresight to refine and explore the movement. Let’s take a look at some of her work shall we?

Also just a reminder, if you make nice work you are bound to be someone’s desktop or screensaver at some point… possibly the geekiest from of flattery out there! This is currently mine.

And frankly any gal with such an entertaining complied vimeo video gets my vote (Though you almost lost me with that MIA track):

Galleries of Canada: Medicine Hat, Alberta (Part 1)

To speak of Medicine Hat is to speak about ceramics. It is the mini mecca our Canadian pottery manufacturing past and now a melting pot of contemporary ceramics. It is the site of Medalta: Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic Site. Complete with museum (under renovation, with the first prototype for a constantly firing circle kiln under excavation!), small commercial studio making pieces for the, gift shop and a newly built bright and spacious studio for residencies. I have shamelessly been to Medalta four times, dragging some good sport each time. Medalta has adult and children’s classes and tours. They are all about the education and the place is brimming with history. There is an online gallery you can browse here with countless stories and images,  and three real ones on site! The A. T. (Tony) Schlachter Collection, and two contemporary art galleries. Have I mentioned that I love Medalta yet? And it is just the beginning of Medicine Hat! Here are some pictures to convince you:

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Basically the field of ceramics in Canada is lucky to have a expaning and well managed place like Medlata. Out on the West here, there are few public institutions that are doing what Medalta is beginging to, it just gets better with every year and every visit!

Porn Pot: Ginger Beer Bottles

Porn: Pots I just can’t get enough of. This suggestion was given sarcastically (or perhaps in all seriousness)  by a friend when I asked what would keep him interested in my blog. Oddly enough he hit the nail on the head. Blogs need eye candy- appropriate organismically lush pots posted under this category!

Review: Online Galleries

Online galleries are pretty interesting and convenient. They are often quite credible and offer most of the depth of a standard gallery. Most actual galleries also allow you at access their collections online, such as the National Gallery of Australia http://nga.gov.au/Home/Default.cfm or The Gardiner Museum of Ceramics in Ontario http://www.gardinermuseum.on.ca/.

The online gallery “Museo virtual de atres” is Uruguay’s National museum and especially interactive, you actually walk around the virtual museum with choices such as using the stairs or taking the elevator. It has an interesting collection and you can tour in English or Spanish to boot: http://muva.elpais.com.uy

The Medalta Historical Clay District has a small online museum funded by the Canadian Gov. “Chronicles: Stories From a Pottery Factory”. It included information and images from the physical on site museum but also images from various books about Medalta and bits from past workers.

http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/pm_v2.php?id=exhibit_home&fl=0&lg=English&ex=494

The Clay district also offers many programs (artist residency, talks and public classes), it has a great newsletter and still keep a bit of the factory working. The people that work and volunteer there are passionate and helpful. If you are in Alberta it is worth making a detour!

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