Grace BoydSeptember 10, 2018
Melanie GaudetSeptember 10, 2018
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 Lunenburg School of the Arts, and the Women’s Studio Workshop. Her work history includes being a studio assistant at Nova Terra Cotta and NSCAD University, acting as gallery assistant at the Mary E. Black Gallery, and teaching at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design and the Women’s Studio Workshop.
I create ceramic vessels and use unconventional methods of altering the surface. I dissolve unfired clay with water, erode glaze away with sandblasting, and wash away surfaces to create decoration. I am fascinated with the material properties of unfired clay and fired ceramic and how they are drastically different. Using the traits of these materials, I create work that transforms, and use these actions, along with references to ceramics history in use of forms and materials, to explore themes of hierarchical social structures and the permanent vs the ephemeral.