Astrid Kruse

I have a strong connection to Canada’s North, having grown up in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and now living in Whitehorse, Yukon. My ceramic practice has taken me many places outside the North, including workshops at Series, Red Deer College and Metchosin Summer School of the Arts, as well a professional year-long residency at The Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics.

My recent work attempts to capture the look and feel of the northern landscape by incorporating natural elements indigenous to the area in my process. Photographing my work is another important aspect to my process as it brings to life the nature of clay.

Artist statement

My ceramic practice is largely influenced by my physical environment and my quiet place in this environment. Canada’s North is what I know and where I call home.

I work intuitively, and take a fluid approach to altering the clay surface during the throwing process. Markings that identify my work are influenced by the rugged and dramatic landscape that I experience, and colors are realized through glazing and atmospheric soda firing.

The soda firing process adds an icy-cool, glass texture, while the reduction in the kiln causes carbon trapping that reflects the darkness in winter and the hardness of stone. The flashing from the flames reveals the warmth of this place we call The Land of the Midnight Sun.

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