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I am very pleased to say that the group I founded, The Contemporary Ceramic Collective, had the opening of our first show together last night!!! MIXa-PEDIA runs from Feb 4th to 27th and can be seen during gallery hours at the Gallery of BC Ceramics on Granville Island in Vancouver. All work is available for purchase! This is THE HOTTEST ceramic show to see this year!




WHERE: The Gallery of B.C. Ceramics on Granville Island, Vancouver, BC
WHEN: February 4th - 27th, 2016.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, February 4th, 5-7pm.

Remixing our existing creative processes with the intent of producing new insight and direction, the group playfully and proudly presents our most recent experimentations and explorations in clay, as we seek to expand the conversation around the ceramic object. Please, come play with us!

The CONTEMPORARY CERAMIC COLLECTIVE is a non-profit artist group based in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. The CCC seeks to support and encourage its member’s artistic development as they explore and expand their individual ceramic practices. Featuring an inclusive aesthetic of sculptural and functional and utilitarian work, the group is composed of established, new and emerging artists including: Kathleen McGiveron, James Kemp, David Robinson, Karisa Evdokimoff, Suzy Birstein, Haide-Anne Elva James, and Gabrielle Burke.

About the Artists:

Kathleen McGiveron:
I am a ceramicist and I am openly addicted to clay. I produce work with a strong connection to popular culture and embrace traditions in ceramics. The sculptures I create are inspired by kitsch figurines, especially Red Rose’s Wade figurines and miniatures, and include cultural icons and reference popular movements to create a narrative within my work. It is important to me that I include humour in my work and it is often impish or sarcastic, and is sometimes politically charged.

James Kemp:
I think of my sculptures as something between body and object: contrasting surfaces and forms they negotiate their unity through different situations. My studio practice is forged from the destabilization of dichotomies between the ephemeral and fixed. My work is in part a study of society’s structures of rules and conventions to transform what is primitive and natural in response (the emotive and intuitive part of our being), into a rationalised contrived collective ethos; an ethos that holds idealized concepts of progress.

David Robinson:
My work is both an exploration and a negotiation. I am interested in marrying the inherent material properties of porcelain, with the complex beauty and form of the organic world. I feel that it is through this amalgam I can find a beauty that is not only striking and challenging to our preconceived ideas, but also an opportunity to question my values in relationship to a greater sense of mortality.

Karisa Evdokimoff:
The wonders of nature and the vital role that it plays within our lives is the driving force 
and inspiration behind a lot of my work.  I am interested in the interconnected relationship that humans share with the natural world.  My visual inspiration often stems from microscopic perspectives in natural environments and botanical structures and textures found in nature. With a strong eco-centric perspective, I am continually exploring the natural world for meaning and beauty.  As my passions and my creative process synchronize, my ideas develop and new discoveries materialize within my art work.

Suzy Birstein:
I see my imagery as a marriage of my childhood and adult influences. The figure dominates my work. I feel compelled to create archetypal icons which embrace the power of Ancient and contemporary World cultures, overlaid with the spirit of song and dance. My work synthesizes and celebrates the interconnectedness as well as the individuality of many cultures and eras. I long to merge the power of Nefertiti with the spirit of Carmen Miranda. 

Haide-Anne Elva James: website pending
Haide-Anne Elva James is currently based out of New Westminster, BC. Her efforts in clay (and other media) are largely reflective of her upbringing within a number of urban, rural and farming communities across Canada, spanning from Newfoundland to British Columbia. Wild and domesticated animals and their relationship with the human being are consistently represented in her work and often act as metaphors for addressing notions of nationalism, feminism and identity.

Gabrielle Burke:
Gabrielle Burke is a ceramic artist based out of White Rock, BC. Her work is driven by the functionality of ceramics - the relationships and dependencies we place on everyday items in our diurnal lives. Gabrielle works mainly in porcelain but is interested in the surface and texture of clay itself, often using unglazed surfaces to pay homage to the material itself.



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