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Artist: Cathi Jefferson



Cathi Jefferson, CANADA
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Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, I grew up in North Vancouver playing in forests always enchanted by their beauty. Throughout my life this feeling continues to strengthen within me affecting the way I touch clay and create from its malleable being. The tall trees, varied grasses, wildflowers, water
polished rocks, and majestic mountain ranges of BC are my inspiration. The organic earthy colour tones l need to work with are enhanced by my favorite type of kiln firing. Salt Firing creates textured and varying tones capturing light within the surface. The outcome with each piece unique, enhanced by the
unpredictable nature of the process.

Since childhood I have always known I would be a potter and realize how blessed I have been to continually grow and create work that comes from within. I strive to make dishes that are comfortable to hold and use every day with a calming presence. Sculptural pieces strong in form that enrich the space they contain. These pursuits keep me engaged, continually growing and evolving pushing ideas of what is possible.

Teaching and contributing to the clay community I have been fortunate to be a part of all these years has always been an integral part of my being. I have been fortunate to be involved with guilds, art tours, organizing conferences, and mentor apprentices. I'm a co—founder and current president of the
volunteer run clay community center the 'Clay Hub' in the Cowichan Valley. Interacting and being a part of all these endeavors over the years have been very fulfilling experiences.

Education

2019   Residency ‘The Sculpture Factory’, Jingdezhen, China

2014 Fully funded residency Watson Arts Centre, Canberra, Australia

2014 Residency SODA, Perth, Australia

2013 Awarded fully funded residency collaboration Cowichan Valley Arts Council & ‘OAIR’ Tokyo, Japan

2013 Residency ‘The Pottery Factory’, Jingdezhen, China

2012  Residency Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics,

          Medalta, Medicine Hat, Alberta

2010  Residency Sanbao Art Institute, Jingdezhen, China

2007  Residency Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana

2006  Residency Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta

2005  Awarded Canada Council Grant

2004  The Proyecto Arte Del Fuego’s Cuban Ceramic Art Collective, Resident

          Artist, Kwantlen University College, Surrey, BC

2002  Participant ‘Aormori International Wood fire Festival 2002’, Aormori, Japan

2000  Residency Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta

1997  Awarded the Tucker Pottery Supply/Pottery Supply House fully funded  

           residency at Watershed, Newcastle, Maine

1996  Awarded Canada Council Grant for a Residency, Archie Bray

           Foundation, Helena, Montana

1993  Accepted participant IWCAT (International Workshop for Ceramic Art in

           Tokoname) Tokoname, Japan

1992  ‘Ceramics’, Jeff Oestreich, Emily Carr College of Art & Design, Vancouver

1991  ‘Form and Function’, Jeff Oestreich, Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta

1986-88  Fine Arts, Fraser Valley College, Abbotsford, BC

1980-81  Fine Arts, Kwantlen College, Surrey, BC

1974-90  Initial clay courses/studio with mentor Herman Venema, Matsqui, BC

 

Professional Experience

Present – 2014 Co-founder, Director, current President, ongoing Instructor Clay Hub,

          Duncan, BC

2019 10-day hands on ‘Atmospheric Immersion’ workshop; Metchosin International

Summer School of the Arts (MISSA), Victoria, BC

2019/16/12/11/9/6/5 Red Deer College ‘Series’, 1 wk. Hands-on Workshops, Red

Deer, Alberta

2019 2-day hands on workshop Aberthau Potters Guild, Vancouver, BC

2018 Demo Workshop, Art League, Alexandria, Virginia

2018 Juror ‘Table Top’ Exhibition, Alexandria, Virginia

2018 Demo Workshop, Albert Community Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 

2017 Soda Firing Credit Course Hood College, Frederick, Maryland

2017 Hands-on Throwing Workshop, Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, Washington

2016 Studio Salt Firing Workshop with Chris Weaver, Duncan, BC

2016 5-day Hands-on ‘Tea Set’ Workshop, Pinecroft Centre for the Arts, Aylmer,

Ontario

2016 Demo Workshop, Parkgate Community Centre, North Vancouver, BC

2016 ‘Form’ 2-hour Lecture, Island Woodturners Guild, Victoria, BC

2016 Soda Firing Hands-on Workshop, Prince George, BC

2015 Salt Firing Workshop, Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts

(MISSA), Victoria, BC

2015 Hands-on/Demonstration Workshop, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan

2015 Hands-on Weekend Workshop, Yellowknife, Yukon

2014 – 2008  Instructor, ‘Ceramics 303 A&B’, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

2014 Hand-building Weekend Workshop, Ft. St. John, BC

2014 Weekend Demo Workshops:  Matsqui, BC; North Mount Pleasant,

Calgary, Alberta; Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario

2013 Hands-on/ Demonstration Workshop, ‘The Flipside of Bowls’, Metchosin International School of the Arts (MISSA), Victoria, BC

2011  2-day Demonstration / Hands-on Workshop, Tucson, Arizona

2011  5-day Soda Firing Clay Workshop, Western New Mexico University, Silver

City, New Mexico

2011  5-day Hands-on Workshop, ‘Put A Lid On It’, Places des Arts, Coquitlam, 

BC 

2011  Hands-on / Demonstration Workshops:  Salt Spring Island; North Island

College, Comox; Kwantlen College, Surrey, BC

2011  Studio Salt Firing Workshop with Fraser Valley Potters Guild, Duncan, BC  

2010  11- day Hands-on Salt and Soda Firing Workshop, Shaw International

Center for Contemporary Ceramics, Medalta, Medicine Hat, Alberta

2010  Workshop Demonstration Nepean Art Centre, Ottawa, Tucker’s Clay

 Supply, Richmond Hill, Ontario

2009  Hands-on / Demonstration Workshops, Terrace and Quesnel, BC

2008  Workshop Demonstration, New Brunswick  Collage of Craft and Design, 

          Fredericton, New Brunswick

2008  Workshop Demonstration, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design 

          (NSCAD), Halifax, Nova Scotia

2008  Key note speaker, Masters Series 2008, Parksville, BC

2008  Workshop Demonstration, Cedar Lakes Conference Centre, Ripley, West

          Virginia

2008  Hands-on/Demonstration Workshop, ‘Altering and Connecting…’,

Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario

2007  Presenter, 4th Pun Choung Festival of Kyeryong Mountain, Korea

2006  Co-instructor with Laura Way Lay Laq ‘Atmospheric Firings’, Emily Carr 

University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC

2006  ‘Functional Ceramics’ Workshop Demonstration, Wooster, Ohio 

2005  ‘Fusion’ Workshop Demonstration, The Ontario Clay and Glass Assoc.,

Waterloo, Ontario

2005/99  1 week Instructor/ Demonstrator KSA (Kootenay School of Art),

Nelson, BC

2003  Presenter, Kelowna Clay Festival, Kelowna, BC

2003  Co-workshop Instructor, Colorado State University, Pueblo, Colorado  

2002 Salt-Firing / Hands-on Workshop Instructor, Bird Creek, Alaska 

2002 Co-Instructor, Medalta 4-week Residency Program, Medicine Hat, Alberta

2001  Presenter, 1000 Miles Apart Conference, Alberta College of Art, Calgary

2001  Salt/Soda Kiln Firing Workshop, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland

2001  Workshop Instructor, University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio

2000  Workshop Instructor, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in conjunction

with Potters’ Guild of B.C., Vancouver, BC

1999 Presenter, International Potters Festival, Aberystwyth, Wales

 

Exhibitions / Selected Awards

2020 ‘Strong, Resilient, Feminine’; ‘The Plate Show III; ‘Imbibe’; Tea and Flowers’,

Schaller Gallery, Baroda, MI

2020 ‘Elements’, Cowichan Valley Arts Council Gallery, Duncan, BC

2019 ‘Malleable’; Il Museo, Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver, BC

2019 ‘Bonspiel’; NCECA Exhibition, Minneapolis, Mn

2019 ‘Feast of Pots’, Bannerman Brewery, St. John’s, NL

2019 ‘Simply Cups’; Seward Park Clay Studio + Kobo Gallery, Seattle, Wa

2019 ‘Beyond the Garden Wall’; Schaller Gallery, Baroda, MI 

2019   ‘Fired Up! Monumental’, Circle Craft Gallery, Vancouver

2018 Solo exhibition ‘Beauty in Nature’, Schaller Gallery, Saint Joseph, MI

2018 ‘Making Matters:  Fresh Perspectives in Fine Craft’, Peters Valley Gallery,

Layton, NJ

2018 ‘Vessels for Flowers’, Black & Smith Country General, Ancaster, ON

2017 ‘Fractal Nature:  Works Exploring the Theory of Chaos’, NCECA, Skutt

Kiln Warehouse Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2017 ‘The Art of Kiln’n It’, Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery, Ladysmith, BC

2016 Cone Box Show Purchase Award, Baldwin City, Kansas

2016 ‘TEA I’, ‘Form II’; ‘Beautifully Brown’; ‘Painterly’, Schaller Gallery, Saint 

Joseph, MI 

2016 Salt Spring Island Ceramics Awards, Ganges, BC

2016 Sooke Fine Arts Show, Honorable Mention, Sooke, BC

2016/15/14/13‘Steinzeugkrug:  Present Day Interpretations I & II Claymakers,

Durham, North Carolina

2015 ‘Design in Canada’ Outstanding Achievement from BC, Canada House 

Gallery, London, England

2015 ‘Mud, Hands, Fire, Wheel Thrown – The Legacy of Canadian Studio

Pottery’, School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba

2015 ’30 Years’, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC

2015 ‘Post China:  A Ceramic Journey’, College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA

2015 ‘Serviceability’, College of Lake Country, Grayslake, Illinois

2014 ‘Fired Up! 30th Anniversary Show, Jonathon’s, London, Ontario; Gallery of

BC Ceramics, Vancouver, BC; Potter’s Place, Courtenay, BC

2014 ‘The Cup II’, Robert T. Wright Gallery, Grayslake, Illinois

2013 ‘A New Attitude Excavated’, Paros Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2013 ‘Roses are Red, Pots are Brown’, Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville,

Tennessee 

2013 Circle Craft’s Pendulum Gallery Show, Vancouver, BC

2013 ‘OutPour’, Robert T. Wright Gallery, Grayslake, Illinois

2012  ‘Fireworks’ Works by selected Carter Wosk BC Creative Achievement

           Award Recipients, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC

2012  ‘Celebrate the Salish Sea’, Fraker Scott Gallery, NCECA, Seattle,

           Washington 

2012  Award Winner Contemporary 3-D, Cowichan Valley Arts Council annual 

           juried show, Duncan, BC

2012  Cowichan Valley Arts Council Award Winners Show, Portals, Duncan, BC

2012  ‘Table Salt’, Gallery of BC Ceramics, Vancouver, BC

2012  Brucker’s Ceramics Purchase Award, 2012 International Orton Cone Box

          Show, Baldwin City, Kansas 

2011  ’30 x 5 Invitational Show’, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa

2011  ‘Matter of Clay III’, Jonathon Bancroft Snell Gallery, London, Ontario

2011  Solo exhibition, The Potters Place, Courtenay, BC

2010  Awarded Carter Wosk BC Creative Achievement Award for Applied Art

and Design

2010   Solo Installation ‘Reflecting Nature:  Reflecting Spirit’, Cowichan Valley

Arts Council (CVAC) Gallery, Duncan, BC

2010  ‘Northeners’, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa

2010  ‘Integration’ with fine furniture markers Sandra Carr and Joe Gelinas,

Circle Craft Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2010  ‘Flora’, Schaller Gallery, Red Lodge, Montana

2010  ‘3 Views’, Circle Craft Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2009  ‘What The Rains Bring’, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo,

Ontario

2009   Fired Up! 25th anniversary show, Jonathon’s, London, Ontario

2009  ‘Compressed’, North Vancouver Island Potters Guild, touring juried

 show, Courtenay, Union Bay, Gallery of BC Ceramics, Vancouver, BC 

2008  ‘Thrown and Altered Functional Stoneware’, The Gallery at the New

           Brunswick College of Craft and Design, Fredericton, New Brunswick

2008  ‘Urban Nature’, with painter Kari Minchin, Comox Valley Art Gallery, 

           Courtenay, BC 

2008  ‘Table of Elements’, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, NCECA conference,

           Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  

2007  Solo Installation ‘Reflecting Nature:  Reflecting Spirit’, Seymour Art Gallery, 

North Vancouver, BC

2007  ‘Potters and Pitchers’, Crafthouse, Craft Assoc. of B.C., Vancouver, B.C.

2007  Featured Artist, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa

2007  ‘On the Table:  100 Years of Functional Ceramics in Canada’, Gardiner

 Museum, Toronto, Ontario

2006  ‘New Growth:  Synthesizing Clay’, Clackamas Community College,

 NCECA, Portland, Oregon

2006  ‘Functional Ceramics 2006’, Wayne Centre for the Arts, Wooster, Ohio

2005  ‘Vapourware’, Pottery Northwest Gallery, Seattle, Washington

2005  ‘Transformation - The Potters Guild of BC at 50’, Burnaby Art Gallery,

 Burnaby, BC

2005  ‘BC Tajimi Exhibition’, BC Potters Guild, Tajimi, Japan

2005  ‘Gas It Up:  Salt, Soda and Slip’, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland

2005  ‘Fire Women’, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC

2004  Proyecto Arte Del Fuego ‘Art of Fire’, Cityscape Community Art Space,

 North Vancouver, BC

2004  ‘Pots in the Kitchen’, touring international invitational, Galerie Du Don,

 Montsalvy, France and Keramiekcentrum Tiendschuur Tegelen, The

 Netherlands

2004  ‘The 2004 Sydney Myers International Ceramics Award’, Shepparton Art

 Gallery, Shepparton, Australia

2004  Juror’s Choice Awards, The 2004 International Orton Cone Box Show, 

  Baldwin City, Kansas 

2004  ‘World Tea Party’, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC

2004  ‘An Exhibition of Sodium Vapor Fired Wares, Salt and Soda’, Blue Dome

 Gallery,’ Silver City, New Mexico 

2004  ‘Fired Up! Celebrating 20 Years’, Gallery B.C. Ceramics, Vancouver, BC

2003  ‘21st Century Ceramics’, invited participant, Canzani Centre Gallery,

 Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio

2003  ‘Pots in the Kitchen’, international invitational, Rufford Craft Centre,

 Ollerton, Newark, Nottinghamshire, England  

2003  ‘Just a Passion for Clay’, 8 Women Potters Present Recent Work,

 Kwantlen University College, Surrey, BC

2002 ‘Functional Ceramics ’2002’, Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, Ohio

2002  Brook Street Pottery, invitational exhibition, Hay on Wye, Wales

2002 ‘4 Voices’, Gallery 611, Toronto, Ontario

2001 ‘Salt and Fire’, 4-person International invitational exhibition, Chungnam

 University in Taejon and To-Art Gallery in Seoul, Korea

2001  ‘Sojourn:  Sketches of Utility’, 1 person show, The Croft, Calgary, Alberta 

2000  ‘Below the Salt:  Echoes Across a Century’ International invitational

Exhibition, University of Derby and Portsmouth Museum, Derby, England

2000  ‘ Gallery 611’ Invitational Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario 

1999  ‘Different Stokes - The 1999 International Juried Wood-fire Exhibition’,

 Studiolo, Iowa City, Iowa

1999  ‘Contemporary Canadian & Quebec Ceramics’, Hammond Harkins

 Galleries, NCECA, Columbus, Ohio

1998  ‘Fired Up!, Stephen Lower Gallery, Victoria, BC  

1998  ‘Off the Wall - Onto the Table’, 3- person show, Ferry Building Public

 Gallery, West Vancouver, BC 

1997  ‘5th Annual Teapot Exhibit’, invited participant, Craft Alliance, St. Louis,

 Missouri

1997  ‘West Invites East to Dinner’, 1 person show, Circle Craft Gallery,

 Vancouver, BC

1996  ‘Vessels in Celebration’, juried touring show, Alberta Potters’ Assn., Alberta

1995   ‘Excellence in Craft’, Bronze Award, Circle Craft Market, Vancouver, BC

1994  ‘Jugs’, juried exhibition, Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, BC

1992  ‘Salt-fire Revisited’, 5-person feature, Gallery of B.C. Ceramics,

 Vancouver, BC 

 

Publications

2017 ‘Tips, Tools, & Techniques’, pub. The American Ceramic Society, Westville, Ohio

2017 ‘Ceramics Monthly Pottery Making Illustrated’, “Stacking Jars”, Jan/Feb Issue 

2015 ‘Ceramics Monthly’ magazine No.2, Vol. 63, article “Movement and

Tranquility:  The Work of Cathi Jefferson” 

2012  ‘Best of 500 Ceramics’ pub. Lark Crafts, New York, New York

2009  ‘Ceramics Art & Perception’ magazine article, issue 78, ‘Requiem for a

           Forest’           

2009  Co-editor ‘Fired Up! Contemporary Works in Clay, pub. Fired Up!

Publishing, Victoria, BC

2009  ‘Surface Design for Ceramics’, pub. Lark Books, New York, New York 

2008  ‘Fusion’, magazine article, ‘ West Coast Therapy in Thunder Bay’, 

           Toronto, Ontario

2007  ‘Arts Alive’, magazine article, ’Reflecting Nature: Reflecting Spirit’, North

 Vancouver, BC

2005  ‘The Teapot Book’, pub.  A&C Black, London, England

2004  ‘Making Marks:  Discovering the Ceramic Surface’, Krause Publications

 Inc., Iola, Wisconsin 

2004  ‘The Complete Potter’, pub.  Quarto Publishing, London, England

2003  ‘500 Cups’, & ‘500 Bowls’, pub.  Lark Books, Asheville, North Carolina

2002  ‘Pots in the Kitchen’, pub.  The Crowood Press Ltd., Ramsbury, England

2002  ‘Salt-Glazing’, pub.  A&C Black, London, England

2002  ‘Salt-Glaze Ceramics’, pub. The Crowood Press Ltd, Ramsbury, England 

2001  ‘The Ceramic Spectrum’ 2nd  edition, pub.  Krause Publications Inc., Iola,

 Wisconsin

2001  ‘Smashing Glazes’, pub.  Guild Publishing, Madison, Wisconsin

2001  ‘Ceramics Monthly’ magazine No.6, Vol. 49, article “Bread, Butter, & Salt”

2001  ‘Throwing Pots’, 2nd edition, pub. A & C Black, London, England

2001  ‘Object Lessons’, pub.  Guild Publishing, Madison, Wisconsin

2000  ‘Functional Pottery’ 2nd edition,  pub. Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin

1999  ‘Ceramics Monthly’ magazine No. 8, Vol. 47, article “International Potters

 Festival”

1998  ‘Made of Clay’ pub. jointly ‘98, Potters Guild of BC / Douglas and MacIntyre

1997  ‘Contact Ceramics’ magazine No. 107, article “Reminiscences on Being a 

            First-time Kiln Builder”

1996  ‘The Best of Pottery ’ pub. Quarry Books, Rockport, Massachusetts



Collections

2014 Watson Arts Centre, permanent collection, Canberra, Australia

2011  Museum of Anthropology, ‘Encoded Megabean’ permanent collection,

          Vancouver, BC

2010  Sanbao Art Institute, Jingdezhen, China

2004  Shepparton Art Gallery, permanent collection, Shepparton, Australia

2002  Aormori City permanent collection, Aormori, Japan

1999  Aberystwyth Art Gallery, permanent collection, Aberystwyth, Wales

1996  Archie Bray Foundation permanent collection, Helena, Montana

1993  Tokoname City permanent collection, Tokoname, Japan

 

Associations

Co-founder, current President ‘Clay Hub’ Community Clay Centre, Cowichan Valley

Founding member Cowichan Artisans 

South Vancouver Island Potters Guild member 

Fired Up! Collective of 11 clay artists established in 1984 (member since 1996)

Circle Craft Cooperative member

Tozan Society Director (4-year term)

Craft Association of BC member

Potters Guild of BC member

Co-chair Canadian Clay Collective Triennial Canadian Clay Symposium

     (18-year term)

Board member North West Ceramic Foundation (5-year term)

Honorary life-time member Fraser Valley Potter’s Guild –Past President


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