We thought we would expand "Ceramics Uncovered" by adding another layer to the online exhibition. You can now explore work by Madelaine Ward's daughter Frances Ward.
Ceramics Uncovered features 25 sculptures from the late Dundas Artist Madelaine Ward. Over the past couple of months her daughter and artist Francis Ward has been cleaning up house. She recently uncovered this treasure trove of ceramics done in the 80s by her mother, Madelaine Ward. Much of the artworks would have been crafted in the studios at Dundas Valley School of Art or her home studio.
The ceramics were created using the hand building technique, specifically slab building. At a raw stage the clay would be rolled out, and cut with precision. Ward exemplifies precision in her ability to created lidded vessels that are cube shape and maintain shape post firing them in the kiln. (Ceramics can shrink during this process.)
Ward used two methods for finishing the ceramics. Most common, is 'Kiln firing'. By way of an electric hot chamber, known as a kiln, the clay solidifies into a firm state. It then can be glazed (painted with pigment) and "fired" again to bring out the colour. This kind of ceramic is food and often dishwasher safe.
The second method Ward exploited is known as Raku. Raku uses a wood burning kiln at a much lower temperature. The pottery is removed when raging hot and placed with combustable material like wood chips and news papers, then left outside in the elements to cool. This technique is exemplified in the White Cylinder series where Ward uses white glaze that crackles with the combustable material. Another marker of Raku is the charcoal like colour that is left on unglazed surfaces.
Ceramics are also featured in Gallery.
Online purchase can be made with shipping or complementary In Gallery Pick-Up.
FRANCES WARD is a mixed and multi-media artist who has created works with paint, collage, assemblage, printmaking, photography and, most recently, clay. Having grown up with an artist for a mother, she was exposed to various methods of artistic expression from an early age. She started working with clay in 2012, taking courses at the Dundas Valley School of Art and the Art Gallery of Burlington. Ward currently creates hand-built functional and decorative objects such as bowls, vessels, platters, and jewelry in her home studio. She is currently a member of the Burlington and Hamilton Potters Guilds and the Burlington Fine Arts Association.