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Deborah Freeman
Toronto, Ontario 
416-534-0567

Dual Dips - Stoneware and porcelain. Cone 10, gas reduction, 5" high x 7" long x 3.5" deep

Artist Statement
My work is inspired by a deep connection to the land that has resulted from years of wilderness travel. It is often a reflection of the Canadian landscape: the flowing rivers; the old, thinning ice of late winter; the majestic trees In our old-growth forests; and the wind on our lakes.
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Many of my forms and imagery are based on historical references from Japanese tea ceremony ware of the 16th and 17th centuries (the Momoyama period). The work is often about the process used to form and fire them as well as the materials themselves.

Much of my work is wheel-thrown and altered. Process marks are intentionally left or enhanced as a way to further communication with future users and to explore the raw materials. Atmospheric firings such as wood and soda play a large role in completing pieces. Contrasting clays are used to emphasis individual materials and their properties.

Education (selected)
2009 Advanced Diploma, High Honours, Craft & Design – Ceramics, Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
1994 MES (Environmental Studies), Biological Conservation and Advocacy, York University
1985 BFA, Honours, Sculpture, York University

Upcoming Shows
2010 Gardiner Museum solo exhibition
2010 Artisans at the Distillerly

Exhibitions, Shows, and Publications (selected)
2009 Ceramics Monthly, Undergraduate Showcase, September 2009 issue
2x6 Exhibition, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, juried
Guelph Pottery and Ceramics Festival, juried
Lennox Gallery, Sheridan College Graduate Show
Ceramics, Sheridan College Gallery, group show
2008 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, juried
Guelph Pottery and Ceramic Festival, juried
Hamilton Guild Biennial Show, jurors: Steve Heineman and Kasumi Lampitoc
Ceramics, Sheridan College Gallery, group show
2007 Ceramics, Sheridan College Gallery, group show 

Awards and Scholarships
2009 Harbourfront Centre, 1-year scholarship
FUSION: The Clay and Glass Association, bursary
Gardiner Museum Solo Show (scheduled for summer of 2010)
William & Mary Corcoran Craft Award, Sheridan College
Sheridan Silver Medalist; highest GPA in program, Sheridan College
2008 Betty Kantor, Silent Night Award, Sheridan College
Peters Valley Scholarship, Peters Valley Craft Centre
2007 Peters Valley Craft Award, Sheridan College
Peters Valley Scholarship, Peters Valley Craft Centre
Sheridan College Clay Club Award

Residencies and Workshops (selected)
2009-present  Artist-in-Residence, Harbourfront Craft Centre, Toronto, Ontario
2009 Salt and soda kiln building: Medalta International Artists in Residence
Program, Medicine Hat, Alberta
2008 Salt-kiln firing: Peters Valley Craft Centre, Layton, New Jersey
2007 Anagama kiln firing: Peters Valley Craft Centre, Layton, New Jersey
Winter - Stoneware, Cone 10, soda-fired, 3.25" high x 17" long x 9" deep


Rapids - Stoneware, Cone 10, soda-fired, 3" high x 10" long x 5.5" deep


Appetizer Caddy - Stoneware and porcelain. Cone 10, gas reduction, 6" high x 10.25" long x 5" deep.


Basket Vase - Stoneware with paper, grog, sand and feldspar and nutshell additions. Cone 10 soda-fired. 11" high x 6" long (at the top) x 3" wide


Sugar - stoneware and porcelain, cone 10 soda-fired, 3.75" high x 3.5" in diameter

FUSION gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation, and the Ontario Arts Council. The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Government of Ontario. 

    

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