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Agua: 7 Ceramic Artists at Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

May 26


May 25-27.

Friday: 6-8pm
An exhibition of works by 3 outstanding Cuban ceramic artists and 4 well-known area potters.
Marie-Pierre Drolet, Quebec, Canada
Through visual and tactile experiences, Drolet connects the viewer or user with the forces that exist in matter and with the alchemy at work during the creation of ceramics.  Clay, water, fire, glazes, and air interact to create microcosms where elements become tangible and the power of cosmos, the ocean, the volcano, and even vegetation can be transmitted to the public in a cup or sculpture. 

Denise Fournier, Quebec, Canada
Fournier’s unique ceramic works celebrate food, combining the ephemeral art of cooking with the permanence of clay. Some forms are shaped expressly to serve a particular dish or integrate recycled materials. The fusion of rich and diversified enamels is key to the final expression of the work. Her “cooking methods” include raku, smoke, reduction, or oxidation.

Sandra Navarro, Camagüey ,Cuba
Navarro is a trained engineer and has been making ceramics since 1996. She has participated in several collective projects and is a member of the Cuban Association of Artists and Craftsmen.

Coki Santander, Trinidad, Cuba
Neydis Mesa (Coki) Santander  has worked with clay since she was a little girl. In her workshop, La Casita del Barro, she specializes in pottery murals in relief, hand-polished with metallic oxides, plates decorated with pre-Columbian designs, reproductions of the façades and streets of Trinidad, and some unique utilitarian and decorative objects.

Antonio Gómez Santiago, Cuba
His work deals with issues related to identity and self-recognition, as well as the processes of transculturation from an animistic stance and an anthropological approach.

Sietze Praamsma, Clayton, Ontario, Canada
Sietze is primarily a functional potter with a professional background in geochemistry and mineralogy. Self-taught, he worked as a technician for Don Reitz in Madison, Wisconsin and for Angela Fina at the Sheridan School of Design in Ontario. He played a substantial role in the establishment of the Harbourfront Craft Studios in Toronto and also worked on pottery projects in Thamaga, Botswana and Kabul, Afghanistan. In Mississippi Mills, Ontario he maintains a studio (Clayton Clay Works), teaches at the Almonte Potters Guild, and is a long-time participant in the Crown and Pumpkin Studio Tour.

Saskia Praamsma 
Saskia began working with clay when she was six. Her mother was a potter and had an attic studio overlooking the rooftops and chimneys of Amsterdam. She later studied with Don Reitz at the University of Wisconsin, USA. Saskia worked with her husband, Sietze, at pottery projects in Thamaga, Botswana and Kabul, Afghanistan. She  worked as technician and instructor in the pottery studio of Dovercourt Recreation Centre in Ottawa and currently works at the Almonte Potters Guild as manager and instructor.


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