Lynda Northey’s beautiful studio in Dunrobin, Ontario played host to over 30 potters who came out over two consecutive weekends to learn how to make the three sculptures for the Ottawa Guild of Potter’s initiative Populace for Ottawa 2017. It wasn’t easy at first. It certainly wasn’t as easy as it looked – even for professional potters. The pieces were designed to recognize the three founding cultures at the time of Confederation in Canada 1867: the Indigenous Peoples, the French and the British peoples. The rose sculpture, beautifully realistic, seemed the most complex sculpture to create, and while having the most pieces to cut out, was the easiest to execute. The feather sculpture, while it looked the easiest to create, took the longest to execute and required a couple of efforts to get the vanes of the feather looking sharp! The lily or fleurs de lis is the most delicate of the sculptures and takes a bit of gymnastics to create as there is an upside-down building technique and an unfolding that takes a surprising amount of finesse. Clay artist, Hilde Lambrechts, designed the sculptures and the garden in which they will be displayed.
Celebrating Canada’s past, transforming its future, & connecting ceramic arts with the community. Notre mission est de célébrer le passé du Canada, transformer son avenir et tisser des liens entre l’art de la céramique et la communauté.