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Hansen-Ross Pottery
Pioneering Fine Craft on the Canadian Prairies
October 3 – November 30, 2012
Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery

August 8, 2012

Hansen-Ross Pottery, Vases, stoneware, glaze, various sizes, left: 1965, MJM&AG Collection, donated by David and Veronica Thauberger, centre: 1967, SAB Collection, right: 1966, SAB Collection
Hansen-Ross Pottery, Vases,
stoneware, glaze, various sizes,
left: 1965, MJM&AG Collection,
donated by David and Veronica Thauberger,
centre: 1967, SAB Collection,
right: 1966, SAB Collection

Exhibition Announcement

The Embassy of Canada is pleased to present an exhibition in its Prince Takamado Gallery entitled Hansen-Ross Pottery, Pioneering Fine Craft on the Canadian Prairies which showcases important early professional fine crafts of Canada.

Hansen-Ross Pottery operated in Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan from the mid 1950s to 2005. The Pottery was named after two artists, Danish-born Folmer Hansen (1930– ) and Winnipeg-born David Ross (1925–1974). In this exhibition, are finely crafted modernist ceramics, including works which were prominently featured at the Montreal Expo 67 exhibition Canadian Fine Craft.

While Hansen and Ross attended various schools and had different training, they were profoundly influenced by Scandinavian design and the work and philosophy of the English potter Bernard Leach (1887–1979). The ideas that Leach expressed through his association with the Japanese potter Shōji Hamada (1894–1978) – that the pottery should have integrity, be affordable, and accessible – resonated deeply with both Hansen and Ross.

The pottery, made of Saskatchewan clay, reveals an "honest earthiness of material and skill of an ancient tradition." The balance of complexity and simplicity, organic forms and the use of natural materials will appeal to both Japanese and international visitors to the Prince Takamado Gallery.

The exhibition features over sixty ceramic objects made by Folmer Hansen and David Ross. This is the first time that they are exhibited outside Canada. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with essay contributions by Alan C. Elder, Curator, Canadian Crafts and Design, Canadian Museum of Civilization; Julia Krueger, PhD candidate, University of Western Ontario; and Heather Smith, Curatorial Director, Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery.


Details

Date: October 3 – November 30, 2012

  • Weekdays 10:00-17:30
  • Wednesdays 10:00-20:00
  • Closed on weekends, October 8, and November 23


Place: Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery
(7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

Admission: Free

Contact:
Embassy of Canada, Public Affairs Section
Tel: 03-5412-6257
E-mail: TOKYO.CC@international.gc.ca

Media contact: Tel: 03-5412-6444

Organised by: Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery

 

 

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2012-08-08