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2nd Edition, January 2018. Thomas Kakinuma 1908 – 1982, by Debra Sloan.

In August 2017 an interested curator, after reading my essay on Kakinuma, visited a substantial  Kakinuma collection held by  a private Vancouver collector.  He went on to  encourage Darrin Morrison of the West Vancouver Museum to mount an exhibition of Kakinuma;s work, based on this collection.  There was a 4 week space available  in January 2018 and the exhibition, The Art Of Thomas Kakinuma, went ahead. We contacted everyone we knew for additional Kakinuma pieces, and met up with the Kakinuma’s. The exhibit was a great success, attracting interest all across the country. The large opening was attended by Mrs Kakinuma and her daughter.  It was the first retrospective of Kakinuma’s work, and his first exhibition since 1969. I rewrote much of my original essay, with new information provided by Mrs Kakinuma, and I also wrote for the beautiful catalogue, phots by Ken Mayer.   The West Vancouver Museum now holds an archive for Thomas Kakinuma.

2nd Edition. Feburary 2018Up on the Roof. The Role of Equestrian Ridge Tiles as Historical Narrative.  by Debra Sloan and Peter Smith.

Up on the Roof explore traditional equestrian clay ridge tiles that from the middle ages adorned rooflines in Britain and Europe.  the practice died out by the early 1800’s in the UK and now those last and rare remnants are found mainly in West Country museums.  Upon on the Roof recounts how Bernard Leach and fellow members of the Old Cornwall Society revived the rendition in the 1920s. love the last decades memories faded once again, until, in 2014 , the Leach Pottery instigated research and response.  The affect of the tiles, architectural adornment, clarifies the role of art in the public realm, where it install interaction and engage

 

Up on the Roof, Bernard Leach and the Equestrian Tile Tradition
by Debra Sloan and Peter Smith
This is an in depth look at traditional equestrian clay ridge tiles that from the middle ages used to adorn rooflines in England and Northern Europe. The practice had died out by the early 1800s, and the last remnants are found only in museums in the West Country. Up on the Roof recounts how, Bernard Leach and members of the Old Cornwall Society, reintroduced the tradition during the first half of the 20th century. Their tiles, some of which are still on roofs in St. Ives, have received little attention for the last eighty years, and once again the tradition was in danger of being lost.
Books can be purchased:
http://www.blurb.ca/books/7928210-up-on-the-roof


Thomas Kakinuma 1908 – 1982. Vancouver/Burnaby Modernist potter during  the 1950s – 1980
GUEST WRITER – Studio Ceramics Canada 2016,    

photo courtesy of UBC Rare Books Archives  


Seeking the Nuance, Second Edition, January 2017
Glenn Lewis, Phyllis Schwartz and Debra Sloan

contemporary ceramics
Contemporary Ceramics of British Columbia
Published at ceramicsnow.org
By Debra Sloan

special-place
A Special Place
The International Ceramics Studio in Kecskémet, Hungary

CeramicsTECHNICAL, No. 31, 2010
By Debra Sloan

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Seeking the Nuance
by Glenn Lewis, project co-ordinator and designer,
Phyllis Schwartz, and editor Debra Sloan.
Published by the Potters Guild of BC, 2009
ISBN 098-0-9696077-1-7

dogged-process
A Dogged Process
Debra Sloan creates life-size dogs

CeramicsTECHNICAL, No. 27, 2008
By Debra Sloan

perception
Perception of Craft/Design/Fine Art
MAGazine. Metal Arts Guild of Canada, Vol 20 (1), 2005
By Debra Sloan

fusion
The Potters Guild of BC: Origins of a Ceramic Culture
The First Fifty Years – 1955-2005

Fusion Magazine, Volume #29 #3 2005
Written and submitted by Heather Cairns and Debra Sloan

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Origins of a Ceramic Culture:
The First Fifty Years of the BC Potters Guild 1955 – 2005

August 2005
By Debra Sloan

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Photo Essay on Haney Clay