Throughout the history of ceramic production, methodologies and patterns have moved around the globe through migration, war and conquest. Blue and white porcelain has carried particular social aspects of this history – including the aspirations of status and the statement of wealth.
My practice engages with the history of ceramics, the connotations of material and the mutation and adaptation of motifs and technologies. The repetition of form and reiteration of pattern is an effort to apprehend the dynamic between the two. Shifts in scale and material further complicate meaning to continue the development of a deepened understanding.
The three iterations presented here demonstrate an exploration of the role of ornament; it’s relationship to the vessel and the continued industrial mutation of the ‘blue onion’ pattern.
Born in Montreal, Canada, Martina Lantin received her Bachelor of Art from Earlham College and her Master of Fine Art from NSCAD University. She has completed residencies in the United States and China and taught workshops throughout North America. Martina teaches at the Alberta College of Art and Design.
Selected as an Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly her work has been recognized in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions internationally. Martina has written for various ceramic publications and edited the 2017 summer issue of the Studio Potter journal.
Committed to the joys of working in earthenware, Martina explores the history and boundaries of functional ceramics through objects and mixed media installation.
Zimra Beiner (b.1985 Toronto, ON) received a BFA from NSCAD University in 2009 and an MFA from Alfred University in 2012. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Canada, including exhibitions at The Hole NYC, Present CO, Cross Mackenzie Gallery, and the Gardiner Museum. Recent awards include The Winnifred Shantz Award, The NCECA Emerging Artist Award, nomination for The RBC Emerging Artist Award in Ceramics, and recent residencies include The Berlin Ceramics Centre, Private Studio Jingdezhen, China, and The Center for Contemporary Ceramics at California State University Long Beach. He is currently Assistant Professor in Ceramics at the Alberta College of Art + Design in Calgary, Canada.