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Artist: Mynthia McDaniel



Mynthia McDaniel, ALBERTA
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STATEMENT
My journey to clay was not an easy one. It was not a straightforward path, or a love at first sight. I couldn't comprehend the materials, and was unable to coerce them into a form vaguely resembling what I had imagined. But still, I continued. It wasn't until I discovered a glaze chemistry class, that I immersed myself fully in the medium. Discovering the endless possibilities and challenges with clay is what keeps me interested and engaged in the process.

Each series I create is a continued discovery of ceramics, investigating different ideas in clay, and what they mean to me. The Cloud Series is an exploration that began as a challenge to create an interesting surface using only porcelain and clear glaze. I love to push the glaze to its limits, sometimes until it is dripping right off the piece.

The Pinstripe Series are objects that speak more to the value of utility. Steadfast and useful, each piece is designed with comfort and service in mind, to be a positive addition to our quiet daily rituals. And finally, my atmospherically fired work. A process that wholly consumes my experimental spirit. The forms I make are specifically designed with atmosphere in mind. The texture, ridges, and curves enhance the reception of the wood and soda ash on the piece. To be so profoundly entangled with the process of firing and the nuances of each kiln is a unique and intimate experience that I truly enjoy.

 

EDUCATION
2010 BFA with distinction, Ceramics, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta
2010 BFA with distinction, Print Media, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2018 Past President, Alberta Potters’ Association, Calgary, Alberta
2015-17 President, Alberta Potters’ Association, Calgary, Alberta
2014 Board Member (Director), Alberta Potters’ Association, Calgary, Alberta
2009-10 Volunteer Technician, Alberta Printmakers Society, Calgary, Alberta


RESIDENCIES
2018 Medalta, Artist in Residence April-May, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
2017 Medalta, Summer Residency, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
2015 Česky Porcelán, Dubi, Czech Republic
2015 Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Koka City, Japan


SOLO & SMALL GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 Northern Blends, Small Group Exhibition, NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts), Christensen Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
2018 Uncommon Blends, Small Group Exhibition, Alberta Craft Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
2016 Another Day in the Clouds, Solo Exhibition, Blue Rock Gallery, Black Diamond, Alberta
2016 Get a Handle on It, Solo Exhibition, Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton, Alberta
2011 Battling the Linear Parade (Collaboration), Sugar Cube Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
2010 The Unbearable Existence of Mary Mould, Marion Nicoll Window Gallery, Epcor Centre, Calgary, Alberta
2009 Three Stories High, Studio Todorovic, Art Central, Calgary, Alberta
GROUP EXHIBITIONS - INVITATIONAL
2018 Cup: The Intimate Object XIV, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, Florida, USA
2018 Yunomi Invitational 2018, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
2017 Americano Invitational 2017, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
2017 Yunomi Invitational 2017, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa, USA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS - JURIED
2019 International Ceramic Artists Network Juried Exhibition, NCECA Conference
(National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts), Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
2017 The Art of The Drink, Butler, Pennsylvania, USA
2017 Cup: The Intimate Object XIII, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
2017 Dish, Yuill Gallery, Medalta, Medicine Hat, Alberta
2016 Cup: The Intimate Object XII, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
2016 A Matter of Clay IV, Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery, London, Ontario
2016 X3, Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton, Alberta
2015 Hrnek 2015, Usti City Museum, Usti, Czech Republic
2015 Hrnek 2015, Regional Museum of Teplice, Teplice, Czech Republic
2012 Inklings of Relativity, North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre, Calgary, Alberta
2010 Coming Up Next, Discovery Gallery, Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton, Alberta
2010 Untapped! Emerging Artist Competition, The Artist Project, Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place, Toronto, ON
2010 20/20 Vision, Alberta Printmaking Society, Calgary, Alberta
2009 Exchange Exhibition of Prints by Young Artists in Japan & Calgary, Kyoto City University of Arts, Kyoto, Japan

LECTURES
2018 North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre, Calgary, Alberta
2018 Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary, Alberta
AWARDS and GRANTS
2017 Small Experiments Grant (Soda Firing Research), Calgary Arts Development
2017 Artist Opportunity Grant (Medalta Residency), Calgary Arts Development
2016 Artist Opportunity Grant (Penland Woodfire), Calgary Arts Development
2010 Rondi-Lee Johnson Ceramics Community Scholarship
2009 Louise McKinney Post Secondary Scholarship (Highest GPA)
2009 Print Media Travel Scholarship
2008 Print Media Travel Scholarship
2008 Jason Lang Scholarship for Academic Achievement
2008 Student Legacy Scholarship
2007 Jason Lang Scholarship for Academic Achievement


PUBLICATIONS
2018 Archive Magazine - Feature- Mynthia McDaniel, Pages 30-35
2018 Alberta Craft Spring 2018 - Uncommon Blends, Page 18
2016 Studio Craft and Design in Canada - Spring/Summer 2016 – Vol. 11 No. 1 (Image Feature on Inside Cover)
2016 Alberta Craft Spring 2016 - Get a Handle on It, Page 7
2016 Alberta Craft Winter 2016 - X3 Organizations on the Cutting Edge of Craft, Pages 6-7
2013 Stephen Magazine Fall 2013 - Rebuilding Wreck City, Pages 6-8, (Image Feature on Back Cover)
2010 Blend Magazine Vol 10 - Where the Wild Things and the Moulds Meet: A
Conversation with Mynthia McDaniel by Julia Kreuger, Pages 12-14

 


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