The 230 individual cups that formed the International craft work " Secret to the return of the cod" are now for sale at King's Point Gallery and Gifts. The complete 12 foot by 8 foot installation was last exhibited in Cheongju South Korea for the Unity and Diversity Exhibition, an invitational event coordinated by both South Korea and the Canadian Craft Federation in 2009.
image: label from the original "Merchant Vessel Show"
The piece was originally created for the "Merchant Vessels" exhibition held at The Rooms, the provincial Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador in St John's, NL, Canada. Gloria Hickey curated the 2008 group show and very kindly invited us to be a participant. The following year it was selected to be the gateway work for the Canadian Pavilion overseas in South Korea.
Image: Each salt soda fired cup features a capelin on the back!
We have been asked by customers for the past 5 years if we would be offering a chance to purchase a piece of the international craft work. This year we finally made the decision to offer it to our customers. We currently have less than 200 cups left (and expect it to be sold out by late summer)... So if you want a cup with a international NL story behind it, please do either contact us via email ( email@example.com ) or drop by our gallery here in King's Point, NL, Canada to get yours before they we are all sold out.
We are launching 3 new lines of work at the gallery show and sale curated by Alexis Templeton Gallery, the March of Mugs Show at the Quidi Vidi Plantation, St John's, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada. Running: Feb 28 - Mar 01 -Mar 02, 2014.
1. The first is the Tipton Tea Series. Inspired by both the innovative work of Alberta ceramic artist Barbara Tipton and the Newfoundland and Labrador love for tea. Here are a look at the first 3 in what we hope will be a long running series. (Those familiar with Ms Tipton will immediately see we are going in a decidedly different teacup direction from her very fine work.)
Tipton Teacup: inspired by antique Lipton teacup from the 1950's
and some very early 1980's work of Ms Tipton.
Fish Teacup: Newfoundlanders used to be called Fish and fish only refers to cod.
For us it is a bitter sweet cup as the NL fish were nearly destroyed by overfishing.
Beothuk Teacup: the Beothuk were race of people that
used to live here in NL that are now very sadly extinct.
Inside the teacup is a view of 2 beothuks paddling a canoe.
Beothuk patterns made with real red ochre paint.
2. The second is called the Ballistic Shot Glass Series. Made with the use of a 12 gauge shot gun to decorate the cups. Inspired by the creation of the earth's moon and its highly textured surface.
3. The third is the carved deep blue sea & land series. It features fish, crabs and other land & sea life.