In the past 25 years, Peter Powning has earned respect among connoisseurs of fine craft as one of Canada's most innovative ceramists. Many people recognize his distinctive and commercially successful raku pottery, but few realize that he is also a sculptor with an international reputation. Gloria Hickey has curated the first national solo exhibition of Powning's sculpture for the Canadian Clay and glass Gallery, and Peter Powning: Elemental Clay and Glass documents this exhibition with 46 colour photographs, curatorial essay and artist's statement.
Powning has exhibited his clay, glass and bronze works in over 60 galleries and museums in Canada, the US, Germany, Scandinavia, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, China and Japan. He has gained international recognition through the Mino International Ceramics Competition, Fletcher Award Show in New Zealand and the Kanazawa International Exhibition of Glass in Japan. In New Brunswick, he won the 1991 Deichmann Award for Excellence in Craft and the 1993 Strathbutler Award.
Gloria Hickey's curatorial essay tells how and why Powning made the pieces in the exhibition. Candid yet sensitive, it assesses Powning's importance among Canadian ceramists and glass artists, and it interprets the interests and values that permeate not only his pottery and sculpture, but his personal life as well.
Peter Powning's studio is near Sussex, New Brunswick. He has served on the New Brunswick Arts Board, the Premier's Advisory Council on the Arts, and the New Brunswick Craft Council, and he has been a visiting artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Gloria Hickey, a St. John's writer and curator, twice won the Betty Park Award of Merit for her contributions to critical writing about craft in North America. In 1994 she was nominated for the Imperial Oil Award for Excellence in Arts Journalism.
Title: Peter Powning: Elemental Clay and Glass
Ratwing Press 1996
32 Page, 9" x 12" colour catalogue
50 colour images plus text.
Sturdy softcover with 4" endflaps.