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The 2006 Bronfman Award
"Peter Powning awarded prestigious Saidye Bronfman Award"
Source: CBC Arts, 25 Oct 06.
Peter Powning, a ceramist and sculptor from Atlantic Canada, has won the Saidye Bronfman Award, one of Canada's largest individual prizes recognizing the visual arts.
The announcement for the $25,000 honour was made Wednesday morning by the Canadian Museum of Civilization, which administers the annual prize in conjunction with the Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts.
"For 30 years now, Powning's work has been characterized by continuous experimentation and a rare ability to transcend a single medium," the prize jury said in a statement. "His remarkable technical mastery is evident in the way he applies the transformative powers of fire to clay, glass and metal seamlessly blending them together and creating works of great strength."
The works of Powning, who is based in Markhamville, N.B., range from prints and small vessels, to large outdoor metal pieces. His pieces are inspired by nature and history, and typically incorporate a variety of media, including clay, glass and metal.
Powning is also a past president of the New Brunswick Craft Council and has been honoured with visual arts and crafts awards both nationally and internationally. He is also a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts.
Powning was celebrated at a Canadian Museum of Civilization ceremony in Gatineau, Que., on Wednesday evening.

Following the ceremony was the opening of UNIQUE! 30 Years of Outstanding Crafts, an exhibit that includes work by Powning and other Saidye Bronfman Award winners over three decades.
The award was established to honour excellence by Canadian craftspeople and celebrate the 80th birthday of Saidye Bronfman, a longtime arts supporter. Along with handing out a cash prize, the Canadian Museum of Civilization acquires a selection of works by each year's winner for its permanent collection. Each finalist also receives $1,000. Past recipients have included woodcarver Bill Reid, textile artist Kai Chan and bookbinder Louise Genest.



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Artist blissed-out after winning Bronfman Award
Globe and Mail, Thursday October 26, 2006

Toronto — Peter Powning, ceramic artist and sculptor said he was feeling "blissful" on winning the 30th annual Saidye Bronfman Award.
Along with $25,000 and recognition among Canada's foremost crafts practitioners, the award means his work will be included in the Canadian Museum of Civilization's permanent collection.
Powning says he'll tuck most of the money away -- "life in the arts is a bit perilous." But he splurged on a handmade velvet jacket with moose buttons by fellow New Brunswick crafts practitioner Shona Humphries to wear to last night's gala opening of the Museum of Civilization's new exhibition, UNIQUE! 30 Years of Outstanding Crafts.
The exhibition's core, everything from teacups to tapestries, consists of works by past winners of the Bronfman Award. Last night at the gala, Robert Sirman, director of the