Sturt – most recent

November 24, 2011

Hmmm… what to say. Self explanatory, I hope.


April 20, 2011

A few pics from the show, in appreciation of bees. Ask me about Colony Collapse Disorder. Better yet, look it up if you don’t already know about it. A world without bees would be a bleak one.

On a brighter note, my young male friends came for another studio visit today. Before they left, they told me I should keep making art, even when I leave here. Kids are so great. I thought that was such a nice thing to say. I told them I planned to, that that’s what I do. They were very interested in learning how I made my work. Sometimes, I wish I were here longer.

check this

April 5, 2011

Looky looky. I made it to page 3 of the Arts and Entertainment section of the Chronicle Herald.

Workshop photos

April 2, 2011

On March 26th I had a little workshop in the studio. Some really lovely ladies came and made some really lovely things with slabs. A few photos thanks to Rebecca Wild.

working away

Paula Cameron and her beautiful cup

a difficult shape – lots of problem solving

Rebecca painstakingly carving a border for her bowl

ta da! finished pieces ready for bisque firing

It’s actually official

March 22, 2011

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Town of New Glasgow and NSCAD University launch

New Glasgow Community Studio Residency Program

Innovative partnership provides recent NSCAD graduates opportunity to create, teach and share art with the community

NEW GLASGOW, MARCH 18, 2011…….A unique grassroots partnership designed to help newly graduated artists jump-start their careers was officially launched today by the Town of New Glasgow and NSCAD University.

The New Glasgow Community Studio Residency Program will offer selected NSCAD graduates the opportunity to develop their professional practice while living and working in the community. The Town is providing studio space in the newly renovated Community Destination Centre (part of an expansion to the New Glasgow Library through Phase 1 of the Downtown New Glasgow Revitalization) on Dalhousie Street in the former Roots Society Offices.  In return, the residents will work with elementary and secondary school students on art projects, as well as offer workshops and lectures to New Glasgow area residents.

Under the program, the Town of New Glasgow will host upwards of three young artists at a time, for terms ranging from six months to one year. The first resident, ceramic artist Alana Wilson, BFA ’10, has been creating and teaching in New Glasgow since December 2010, and recently exhibited her newest works at the Atlantic Craft Trade Show and NSCAD’s “In Residence” exhibition.

“This exciting new partnership is part of our Town’s commitment and vision to support the creative economy,” says New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan.  “It is also an important completion of yet another element of our Downtown Revitalization plan and will support our strategies to strengthen opportunities for new artists as well as provide our community with broader exposure to a variety of talented artists, specializing in numerous mediums. This is a program that is progressive and innovative and a tangible representation of our flourish brand in action. We are very proud to have established this partnership with an educational institution of such high creative standard as NSCAD University.”

For these emerging artists, the studio residency is a transition year, from the security of school to the entrepreneurial world of the arts,” says David B. Smith, President of NSCAD University. “By taking some of the financial pressure off these new graduates, the program frees them up to create and begin promoting themselves as artists.”

“From our five years of experience with a similar program in Lunenburg, we know these residencies are a wonderful way of authentically engaging community members with NSCAD and these amazing young artists,” explains Sharon Blanchard, Director of NSCAD’s School of Extended Studies. “We are delighted to be expanding this successful model to New Glasgow.”

“This official launch is just the beginning for ongoing artistic presentations and opportunities for community partnerships through our new NSCAD Community Studio,” adds New Glasgow’s Director of Community Development Geralyn MacDonald.  “It is a program that will advance and grow the creative assets of our town and region.”

The public is warmly invited to visit the studio and meet Alana along with Town of New Glasgow and NSCAD representatives at a special open house on Thursday, March 24 from 4:00m. – 5:30 p.m. at the new Community Studio at 182 Dalhousie Street ( behind the New Glasgow Fire Department in the former Roots Society location).

That evening, NSCAD fashion professor Gary Markle will present the inaugural New Glasgow Community Studio Residency Program public lecture, 7:00 p.m. in the Community Rm of the New Glasgow Library. Admission is free and all are welcome.

About NSCAD University: One of North America’s premier universities of the visual arts, NSCAD University educates the creative leaders of tomorrow. Founded in 1887, NSCAD offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in fine arts, design, craft and media arts.

About the Town of New Glasgow: New Glasgow is a picturesque town of approximately 9,500 residents located in northern Nova Scotia. New Glasgow is the commercial service centre for a regional population of 50,000 and is the largest town in the region of Pictou County.  New Glasgow is one of only 14 communities across the country selected for the national Climate Adaptation Environmental Initiative, is a member of Partners for Climate Protection, was named the 2010 national Communities in Bloom Community of Gardeners across all population categories for beautification of both private and public spaces and outstanding civic pride ; and was named Nova Scotia’s Model Volunteer Community in 2008.

This past weekend, the kids from the Lunenberg residency and I were given the opportunity to participate in ACTS as part of the Emerging Artist Showcase. It was a crazy weekend. Lots of wonderful things to look at and interesting people to meet and talk to.

the booth

Amelie Jerome, painting

George Cho, ceramics

Rebecca Roher, watercolour

Alana Wilson, ceramics

Me, again


After the take down and clean up of the ACTS booth, it was off to the NSCAD Port Loggia to set up for our In Residence show, which opens on the 15th at 5:30 and is up till the 26th. If you’re in Halifax, please go check it out.