Category Archives: The Ottawa Guild of Potters

It’s Our Year

Welcome 2017! Populace started right at the beginning by attending the New Year’s Eve celebrations at Parliament Hill.


The fleurs de lis, the rose and feather make up the three sculptural narratives in Populace.

There will be 3000 of each for a total of 9000 sculptures to be installed at the Canadian Museum of Nature

The sculptures were also handled by many interesting Canadians at the midnight.  They are going to be quite the show themselves from June 17, 2017 – September 4, 2017.

Holding a Rose
Canadians holding a rose


Busy Hands Make Light Work

Creating Populace Pieces
The project begins Creating Populace Pieces

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.

Hilde demonstrating in centre
Hilde demonstrating in centre