RUTH CHAMBERS (CANADIAN)
Ruth Chambers studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design (AOCA 1983) and received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Regina in 1994. Since then, she has taught in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Regina. Chambers makes works in ceramic sculpture and ceramics-based installation. Current porcelain objects, modeled from botanical subjects through direct observation, address ideas of careful looking, beauty, consumption, and temporality, and align with the tradition of the still life. She has also published writings about contemporary craft and ceramics theory, including as a contributing editor of the anthology Utopic Impulses: Contemporary Ceramics Practice (2007).
“I work predominantly in ceramic sculpture and installation. In my recent practice, starting from direct observation, I make sculptural, hand modelled porcelain objects that address ideas of beauty, temporality, and consumption through the tradition of the still life. These studies of ornamental bulbous plants and other garden flowers are intended to be both ordinary and iconic; my intent is to transform and re-present these botanical forms. My process, characterized by study, care, and duration, is central to the intent of the project, and is founded in the impulse to study, in this case to study specifically beauty, time, and potential. The close observation of natural yet domestic objects, studied representation, careful making, and attentive presentation are what align the work with the tradition of still life. At the same time, the material transformation is intended to invite careful looking, and to signify value and meaningfulness to the viewer. The works are made of stained porcelain, fired to cone 6 (approximately 1011 degrees celsius.)”
[Pieces from left to right: "Tulip Single Leaf," "Crocus 4," "Pink Hyacinth," "Crocus 2," "Tulip Sprout"]
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