Welcome to the GFC on-line exhibition page!
This is where to find the latest work arriving in the gallery. You can also visit each artist’s page on this site for more information (just click on their highlighted name).
June 15, 2020
This week we present…
EIKO MAEDA: nerikomi porcelain
“It was my innate love of art that brought me to the Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo where I specialized in Japanese lacquer (Urushi). During that time I began to appreciate the deep connection among art, culture and Japanese history, while developing a particular interest in the deeply rooted tradition of Japanese ceramics. It was years later, after moving to Montreal, that I chose to fully pursue this passion by taking up the study of ceramics at the Visual Arts Centre, where I learned to translate my existing skills into a new medium.
Today, I work from my home studio in Woodbridge, ON (north of Toronto). I devote my life to my work, through which I strive to express the elegance, feminine beauty, delicacy and modesty of Japanese culture.
I have been exploring a new style of ceramics technique, called nerikomi. I had the opportunity to attend a nerikomi ceramics workshop taught by Eiji Murofushi, one of the pioneers in the field of nerikomi ceramics in 2013 in Fuji, Japan. I was immediately attracted and started to practice nerikomi in Canada where the technique is hardly known. Funded by the Ontario Art Council, I have gone back to Japan to further develop nerikomi technique under Eiji’s guidance. I hope to generate public interest in nerikomi in Canada and to share the beauty of Japanese ceramics.”
May 11, 2020
This week we present…
Plentiful Garden: new porcelain pottery by MONICA JOHNSTON
Apart from the bold and colourful patterns set off on a creamy white background, you immediately notice the attention to finely crafted details in Monica’s work. She has been a potter for over 30 years and the experience shows. Her distinctive style of lively organic imagery delights in nature’s abundant flora and fauna.
Her new work uses several thoughtful pattern designs: Dragonfly with Branches, Leaf and Swirl, Olive branch, and the newest: Red Blossoms. These wares are all functional and meant for daily use. A cup of tea, a bowl of warm soup or an entrée served on a beautiful platter can make a meal and a moment just that much more special.
Monica’s work begins as pure white porcelain. Generous shapes are wheel-thrown or press-moulded by hand, then carved and /or altered. Underglaze colour is painted on before the first firing. A rich clear glaze is applied and fired a second time, adding depth to the surfaces.
As Monica says, “colour is the celebration of life and colourful pots bring life to celebrations!”
see all of Monica’s work here