Annette ten Cate is a graduate of the Sheridan Craft and Design
Program, in Ceramics and went on to do a year-long residency at the
Medalta International Artist in Residence Program. She was honoured to
have her exhibition Life on Earthenware travel around Alberta as part
of the TREX SW program which reaches galleries, schools and also
offers educational opportunities for students. Her studio practice is
located in sunny Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, where you will also
find Canada’s Historic Clay District.
I find inspiration all around me – it could be something as simple as
watching a bird interact with a deer, or seeing a red fox trot across
a distant clearing. Little vignettes of nature awaken a desire within
me to somehow recreate these creatures and their world. As I begin to
build an image, using clay and a few simple wooden tools, the creature
takes on a life of its own and begins to tell its story of living in a
world shared (and usually dominated) by humans. As an artist, as much
as my mission is to create pleasing images that make people happy, it
is also important to me to somehow convey the importance of respecting
and preserving nature and its inhabitants. By introducing humour and
whimsy into my pieces, I hope that I manage to generate a connection
that encourages people to delight in the natural world around them.
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