September 6 to November 2, 2014
Hansen-Ross Pottery operated in Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan from the mid 1950s to 2005. The Pottery was named after two artists, Danish-born Folmer Hansen (1930– ) and Winnipeg-born David Ross (1925–1974). In this exhibition, are finely crafted modernist ceramics, including works which were prominently featured at the Montreal Expo 67 exhibition Canadian Fine Craft.
While Hansen and Ross attended various schools and had different training, they were profoundly influenced by Scandinavian design and the work and philosophy of the English potter Bernard Leach (1887–1979). The ideas that Leach expressed through his association with the Japanese potter Shōji Hamada (1894–1978) – that the pottery should have integrity, be affordable, and accessible – resonated deeply with both Hansen and Ross.
The pottery, made of Saskatchewan clay, reveals an "honest earthiness of material and skill of an ancient tradition."
Many local potters in the Swift Current area were influenced by and studied under and Hansen and Ross.
The exhibition features over sixty ceramic objects made by Folmer Hansen and David Ross. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with essay contributions by Alan C. Elder, Curator, Canadian Crafts and Design, Canadian Museum of Civilization; Julia Krueger, PhD candidate, University of Western Ontario; and Heather Smith, Curatorial Director, Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery.
Please note: Art Gallery of Swift Current will be closed from Monday, September 15 to Sunday, September 21, 2014.
“Art Gallery of Swift Current - Celebrating 40 years”
Evening Party: October 4 at 7:30pm
Guest Speakers, hors d' oeuvres, cash bar, and live music
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