2016 Awards for Emerging Ceramic & Glass Artists

The Clay & Glass Announces Winners of the 2016 RBC & Winifred Shantz Awards! 

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The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is pleased to announce that Amélie Proulx has won the 2016 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics and Aaron Oussoren has won the 2016 RBC Award for Glass.

The winners were celebrated and the awards presented at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery on November 12, 2016. The ceremony featured brief artist talks by each of this year’s winners as well as presentations from two previous award winners: Marc Egan, who won the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics in 2003 and Benjamin Kikkert who won the RBC Award for Glass in 2012.

The winner of the 2016 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics is Amélie Proulx from Lévis, QC. Proulx is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily with porcelain. She is interested in the possible shifts of meanings in language and in the perception of natural phenomena. She received a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal (2006) and an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax (2010). Her artwork has been presented in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Australia and France. In 2013, she received the RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto. She has participated in several residencies, notably at the European Ceramic Work Centre (The Netherlands, 2014) and the Guldargergaard International Ceramic Research Centre (Denmark, 2015). She teaches ceramics and visual arts at La Maison des métiers d’art de Québec and at Cégep de Sainte-Foy. She is represented by Galerie 3 in Quebec City.

akimbo_a-proulx_metaphores_mortesProulx has been chosen for the Arts/Industry Program at the Kohler Company in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. There she will research and produce a new body of work that will convey ideas of technological translations of ceramics. Proulx will use the Shantz Award to prepare for this residency; she will generate 3D printed moulds at the artist-run centre La Chambre Blanche in Quebec City and CNC milled plaster moulds with Epic Welding in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

The winner of the 2016 RBC Award for Glass is Aaron Oussoren from Vancouver, BC. Oussoren graduated from Sheridan’s Craft + Design program: Glass (2008), was an artist in residence in the glass studio at Harbourfront Centre (2008-2012) and has recently completed a Master of Design degree at Emily Carr University. He has worked with glass in a variety of ways, from public artwork to tableware, and currently has a research practice that integrates 3D printing and a variety of digital manufacturing methods with traditional glass working. In 2013 he won the second prize for the RBC Award for Glass. Currently, he is teaching in the Design and Visual Arts departments at Emily Carr. He is excited to be part of the forward momentum of the glass community in Vancouver.

akimbo_a-oussoren_spiculaOussoren plans to travel to Japan to study with glass master Peter Ivy.  This mentorship will provide him with an opportunity to experience Peter’s unique studio practice and techniques, explore local aesthetics of the area and research customized equipment. Oussoren plans to apply these new skills and techniques from this trip to new work and share his knowledge with the glass community.

The Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics was juried by Laura Kukkee, Rory MacDonald and Aaron Nelson. The RBC Award for Glass was juried by Diane Charbonneau, Lisa Pai and Rachael Wong.

The winner of each award received $10,000. These prestigious national awards allow early career practising ceramic and glass artists to undertake a period of independent research, or other activities that will advance their artistic and professional practice at a key moment in their careers.

The Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics is supported by the Keith and Winifred Shantz Fund for the Arts, held at The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation. The RBC Award for Glass is supported by the RBC Foundation as part of the RBC Emerging Artists Project.

About Winifred Shantz: The late Winifred Shantz was a driving force for the arts in Waterloo Region for more than 40 years. A successful ceramist, entrepreneur and visionary philanthropist, she was committed to finding ways to enable artists to reach their full potential.

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KWCF LOGO COLOUR CLEANAbout The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation: The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) improves the quality of life in Kitchener-Waterloo and the surrounding area, now and for generations to come, by building community endowment, addressing needs through grant making, and providing leadership on key community issues.

 

 

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The Clay & Glass Announces Winners of the 2015 RBC & Winifred Shantz Awards! 

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The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is pleased to announce the 2015 Award Winners: Alwyn O’Brien has won the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics and Ito Laïla Le François has won the RBC Award for Glass.

The winners were celebrated and the awards presented at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery on November 14, 2015. The ceremony featured brief artist talks by each of this year’s winners as well as presentations from two previous award winners: Kasia Piech, who won the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics in 2008 and Rachel Wong who won the RBC Award for Glass in 2010. Check out some of the photos from the Awards Ceremony here.2014.Raunch.Alwyn OBrien_Akimbo

The winner of the 2015 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics is Alwyn O’Brien from Saltspring Island, BC. Alwyn O’Brien’s ceramic sculptures push the medium as a vehicle to explore the metaphorical and literal question “What is the Vessel?” With an extensive knowledge of the history of decorative arts and a passion for the baroque, O’Brien’s objects challenge the definition of the vessel through the use of lacey hand-rolled coils in a deliberate yet chaotic way to construct volume and shape. Pinching, rolling and fingerprints are evidence of the hand and connect the material to the body. O’Brien’s ceramic practice has taken her across Canada, studying at Capilano College in Vancouver, Sheridan College of Ontario, the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design, and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. She received her MFA in 2010 from the University of Washington in Seattle and her BFA from Emily Carr Institute. Her work is featured in the collections of the Seattle Art Museum, the Surrey Art Gallery, and the Mackenzie Art Gallery. She divides her time between Saltspring Island, B.C. and Vancouver, where she is currently an instructor at both Emily Carr University of Art and Design and Langara College.2015.L’élégance de Charles.Ito Laila_Akimbo

The winner of the 2015 RBC Award for Glass is Ito Laïla Le François from Rimouski, QC. Ito holds diplomas in sculpture and glass art. Her works are unfolding chimeras with strong primitive touches as she examines the beauty and ugliness of living beings. Femininity, violence and body obsession govern her art – instinctively, metaphors emerge. In her creations the human and animal anatomy are omnipresent with looming death and the coexistence of life. By choosing media for their symbolism and strength she sculpts a range of materials, those which occupy an important place in her creative process, to enable the blending of several complex ideas together in one work of art. Despite her somewhat aggressive approach, sensuality dominates, seeming to originate from the unconscious in which her memories, written and spoken words are expressed and brought to light.

The Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics was juried by Xanthe Isbister, Kelly McCray and Paula Murray. The RBC Award for Glass was juried by Alex Anagnostou, David James and Koen Vanderstukken.

The winner of each award will receive $10,000. These prestigious national awards allow early career practising ceramic and glass artists to undertake a period of independent research, or other activities that will advance their artistic and professional practice at a key moment in their careers.

The Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics is supported by the Keith and Winifred Shantz Fund for the Arts, held at The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation. The RBC Award for Glass is supported by the RBC Foundation as part of the RBC Emerging Artists Project.

Past recipients of both awards truly represent the best of the emerging ceramic and glass artists in Canada. See information about the 2014 Winners below. For information about previous winners, click here.