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Chris Snedden

Studio:
115 Emerson Ave.
London, ON N5Z 3L5
Tel: (519) 476-9433

Biography

Chris Snedden has been a potter for nearly 30 years in London, Ontario, and has worked in almost every facet of the pottery business, from building electric kilns and teaching courses and workshops, to producing and distributing giftware for the local and international market. Chris’s work continues to be shown at festivals and fine galleries across Ontario. Currently he is a Ceramics Professor at Lambton College in Sarnia, while serving as Director of Artistic Programming at the London Clay Art Center, and Director of Education and Programming for FUSION – The Ontario Clay and Glass Association.



Artist’s Statement

Almost all of the work that I do in clay is decorated with “slip” or liquid clay with colorants in it and a durable clear glaze over top. Over the last number of years I have been using a transfer technique to apply imagery to my pieces. The transfers can be achieved a number of ways. Monoprinting, block printing, silk screen printing, and stencilling with paper resists all contribute to bring depth to the surface.


Often, the imagery I use is inspired by beauty in nature and the inner relationships brought to bear in the world around us. I firmly believe that whatever walk of life a person may tread, there is an innate human desire to bring our inner life in harmony and expression in our outer life. It may express itself in the passions we pursue, the fashions we wear, the car we drive, or something as simple as the mug we choose to drink our morning coffee with. A vessel is an apt metaphor for these relationships and the play between the inside and outside, the conscious use of formal principles and elements of design, and the spontaneous interrelationship between them, is a study that excites me to the point where I am still burning my fingers pulling hot pots out of the kiln because I can’t wait to see the next result!


Education, Courses
1986 Georgian Collage - Ceramics and Glass
1984 Bealart

Shows/Exhibitions
2005 "4 Painters and a Potter"
1990 Signatures Art and Craft Sale
1990 Toronto City Hall Art Show
1990 Hamilton Festival of Friends
1986-89 London Home County Folk Festival
1985 - Present London Potters Guild Christmas and Spring Shows and Sales
1985 - Present Artisans London Christmas and Spring Sales

Awards
2004 Best in Show - "Unearthed" Woodstock Public Art Gallery
1999 London Potters Guild Exhibition, Best Non Functional
1999 London Potters Guild Exhibition, Yusuki Akai Prize









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