Christopher Reid Flock‘s ceramic vessels fascinate through a dramatic fusion of contemporary and ancient aesthetics. Gutsy and sophisticated yet simultaneously playful, they nimbly balance the line between modern and classic with their abstract shapes and riotous colour applied to thinly thrown and altered forms.
Before his first introduction to clay at the Burlington Arts Centre, Flock majored in English literature and violin at the University of Western Ontario. After mentoring with the preeminent potter Kayo O’Young in 1998 and studying at Sheridan College School of Ceramic Design, Reid moved to Ibaraki, Japan where he lived and studied ceramics for nine years. He returned to Canada in 2009 and established his studio practice in Hamilton, Ontario.
Flock’s professional career as an experimental ceramic artist continues to grow since his first exhibition in 2007. He has gained critical attention through exhibitions at David Kaye Gallery (Toronto), the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery (Waterloo) and the Art Gallery of Burlington (Ontario). In 2015 he was awarded the Winnifred Shantz award for excellence in Canadian ceramics.