Most recent exhibition

At the Art Gallery of Burlington, Lee Chin Gallery from April 25th to May 24th 2015

The Potters' Guild chose the book of poetry, A Bee Garden, by Marilyn Gear Pilling, which was to be our inspirational springboard to making a piece for this exhibit.

The poems dealt primarily with the suicide of the Author's neice and her father who suffered from dementia. I had a really difficult time with these poems. They are beautiful, but they hit close to home. I too, had a loss due to suicide. In 2006 my nephew hung himself. He was just 15 years old. I am also seeing my father in a long decline with dementia.

But, when I read "V Threnody for Bethany" one line jumped out at me: "She asks the poppy and it gives her a small box of black seeds." In the poem, the girls mother is asking why. Why did this happen? No one has answers.

I am rather a literal person and almost immediately I envisioned the box, the seed heads and a felted piece of flowering poppies. I wanted to represent the full circle of life with my piece: the seeds, the buds and flowers, the dead seed heads and back to the seeds. She asks the poppy and it has nothing to give her but seeds. Seeds of hope, of new life. Not to replace, but to honour what came before. The poppy is the flower of remembrance. It's red petals also symbolize blood. I used a lot of red, yellow and orange silk fibres in the flowers so they would look shimmery and alive, in stark contrast to the box and seed heads.

Clay box with sliding lid, filled with poppy seeds and 4 clay poppy seed heads, mid-fire porcelain with stains

Clay box with sliding lid, filled with poppy seeds and 4 clay poppy seed heads, mid-fire porcelain with stains

Exhibitions

2002, Burlington Potters’ Guild, Celebrations in Clay: In the Garden

2006, Burlington Potters’ Guild, Celebrations in Clay: Hog Wild

2007, Burlington Potters’ Guild, Celebrations in Clay: Bent out of Shape

2010, Burlington Potters’ Guild, Celebrations in Clay: Variations

2011, Burlington Potters’ Guild, Celebrations in Clay: Year of the Forest

2012, Burlington Potters’ Guild, Celebrations in Clay: Cluster

2014, Burlington Potters’ Guild, Celebrations in Clay: Texture

2014, Potters' Guild of Hamilton and Region, Biennial Exhibition: Glazed Over, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, ON

2015, Burlington Potters' Guild, All Guilds Show, AGB Burlington

 

Awards:

2006 Celebrations in Clay: Hog Wild; Best Adaptation of Theme

2009 Kaleidoscope of Art; Honourable Mention

2011, Celebrations in Clay: Year of the Forest; Best in Show, OCC Design Award

2012, Kaleidoscope of Art; Honourable Mention

2014, Celebrations in Clay: Texture; Best Functional Award

2015, All Guilds' Show/Celebratons in Clay: Best Non-Functional Award

2016, All Guilds Show: Best Adaptation to Theme.

Poppies Tapestry, 12" x 66" Wet felted wool and silk fibres.

Poppies Tapestry, 12" x 66" Wet felted wool and silk fibres.