Ceramic Artist Louise Brud resides in Calgary, AB. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Distinction in ceramics at the Alberta College of Art and Design. After graduating she turned her attention to a career in the art gallery, helping other artists showcase their work. After some year she realized her need and love of creating and returned to ceramics and began to focus on studio practices. This included years of glaze development in finding new and unique glaze and colour combinations. Her interest was in creating functional work that was tactile, decorative and artful. The design and pattern of nature has been her largest influence, and have inspired her decor. From this she has created her first series of work “Swirl”. The work consists of functional ware with the design of a textured swirl vortex and rich overlapping colours. She has now begun developing a new series of work “Spike.” She is a member of the Alberta Craft Council and the Alberta Potters Association.
“I choose to create in clay for it has the potential to be anything. It begins as a lump from the earth that can be moulded, using my hands and fingers, into something that is useful in one’s world. This to me is a magical transformation.
I like to work on the exploration of functional ware. A functional pot has the ability to be a dynamic object in peoples’ lives. They are something we use every day. When they are handmade, pots give people original objects that are unique and expressive and that carry personality.
For my décor my greatest influence that has inspired me has been the properties and patterns of nature. I enjoy looking at pattern formation including symmetry, repetition, contrast, simplicity, spiral, spot, and line development.
Because of the physical interaction of pottery, my inspiration is to create work that has a high tactile feel. Something that invites a person not just to view the object but to touch it. This I hope will establish an emotional response and a continuing dialogue between creator and user, and create an intimacy between art and function.”