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    Artists in Residence @ Medalta

    Set against the dramatic cliffs of the South Saskatchewan River in Medicine Hat, Alberta, the 150 acre Historic Clay District was once home to some of Canada’s most important clay factories. Today, this history is being preserved with the unique Medalta Potteries site providing the setting for a living, working museum, vibrant education centre, a Reception Gallery, and a 12,000 square foot contemporary ceramics studio.

    Operating out of the Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics, the Medalta International Artists in Residence Program is designed to serve artists at all stages of their careers. Students, emerging, and established artists are able to work together in our open, spacious, semi-private studios.

    Meet our current Artists in Residence

    Artists come from all over the world and bring different experiences, techniques and ideas to our unique studios here in the Historic Clay District. Our studios are full of vibrant energy with resident ceramic artists, community education classes, workshops, and kids’ classes all combined to make this a vital working museum, education centre, and studio complex. We would love to introduce you to our current artists in residence:

    January 3, 2019

    Heather Lepp

    Heather Lepp is an emerging ceramic artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She graduated from the University of Manitoba’s School of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Degree in 2016. From 2016-2018 she continued her […]
    January 3, 2019

    Heidi McKenzie

    Heidi is a Toronto-based ceramic artist. She found her true calling at 40 when her parents found a childhood essay – “What I Want To Be When I Grow Up… A Potter.” She left a […]
    December 18, 2018

    Matt Boyd

    Matthew was born and raised in central Alberta where he began his arts education at Red Deer College. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Ceramics from the Alberta College of Art + […]
    November 7, 2018

    Aby Henry

    Aby Henry was born in Nuremberg, Germany while her parents were living there on a teaching exchange. She received her BA from University of Nevada, Reno with a major in ceramics and a minor in […]
    September 10, 2018

    Nurgul Rodriguez

    After nomadic years of living in Turkey, U.S.A., and Spain with her family, Nurgul Rodriguez settled in Calgary, Alberta in 2009. She received her MFA from the University of Calgary in 2017. She has an […]
    September 10, 2018

    Chloe McKim

    Chloe McKim is known for her thought provoking ceramic installations. Graduating in 2016 from the Alberta College of Art + Design, Chloe has continued pursuing her passion of studio practice ever since. Studying in Norway […]
    September 10, 2018

    Rob Froese

    Raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Rob Froese came to ceramics through a route of travel, work, and art studies.  He has maintained studios and held numerous exhibitions of his work in Canada and Japan since 1998. His […]
    September 10, 2018

    Melanie Gaudet

    Melanie Gaudet is a ceramic artist based out of Calgary, Alberta. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Alberta College of Art + Design in 2018. She has exhibited at the Marion Nicholl […]
    September 10, 2018

    Mel Doiron

    Mel Doiron graduated from NSCAD University in 2018 with a major in Ceramics. Her work has been exhibited in both Canada and the USA, with solo exhibitions taking place at The Anna Leonowens Gallery, The […]
    September 10, 2018

    Grace Boyd

    I am an emerging creator in the field of ceramics, currently based out of Nunavut, Canada. My early life was a nomadic one and I was lucky enough to live in some amazing places surrounded […]
    September 20, 2013

    Noriko Masuda

    Born in Japan, Noriko has spent most of her life in Canada. After studying studio pottery independently through various workshops and the Australian National University, she left her career in the dental industry to study […]
    November 19, 2012

    Les Manning

    A ceramic artist for more than fifty years, Les’ very personal forms focus on the interpretation of two of  the dominant landscapes in Alberta; the prairies and the Rockies.  His wheel thrown and altered forms […]
    November 19, 2012

    Jenn Demke-Lange

    Jenn Demke-Lange is from Calgary, Alberta. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2007 where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Honors Degree. Her work is represented through the Alberta […]
    November 19, 2012

    Aaron Nelson

    Graduating from Emily Carr Institute in 1999, Aaron Nelson travelled to Chicago to assist prominent ceramic artist Ruth Duckworth. He established successful studio practices in Chicago, Vancouver, Victoria, and Montana and is now currently residing […]
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