Activities as old as civilization: the art of pottery and ceramics

An art with various techniques

The art of pottery emerged in prehistoric times in the Neolithic era when mankind began to settle and practice agriculture and animal husbandry.

Canadian First Nations have been making pottery since time immemorial. Around 1750 the first pottery was produced in New France.

Ceramic is a fairly general term for anything made of clay. […] Then a potter, everything he does is done with a wheel. »

Quote from Lucie Lamy, potter

Louise Hamel interviews Lucie Lamy about the pottery production process.

During the July 11, 1978 broadcast, host country Reflection, Louise Hamel, interviews potter Lucie Lamy about the art of making pottery objects.

The latter tells us in particular about the different types of soil that the potter uses to make his creations.

Louise Lamy also explains shooting techniques for the objects she creates.

He reminds us that the first shooting has already been mentioned biscuits and takes place at very high temperatures.

Usually, a pottery undergoes several firings to become finished. The exact amount will depend on the complexity of the composition.

So any color applied to the pottery will require additional firing.

There are several types of kiln and inspection of a piece of pottery will allow an attentive observer to know which method was used to complete its creation.

Lucie Lamy uses a gas oven.

The latter triggered a reaction that melted the earth contained iron pyrite he used.

Nails, little dots, would then appear on the pottery, which would mark the object.

Teaching ceramics and pottery

Louise Doucet studied ceramic art at the École du Meubles. In 1963, he taught at renowned potter Gaëtan Baudin’s pottery school, located in North Hatley in East Township.

Michèle Favreau interviews ceramics expert Louise Doucet about teaching her art in North Hatley.

On July 28, 1963, it was broadcast presence of art broadcast an interview that host Michèle Favreau had with Louise Doucet.

She described the North Hatley school to us as a great place to teach and learn how to make pottery and ceramics.

People of all ages and from parts of Quebec and Ontario come to North Hatley to learn the techniques of this art.

Teaching is mainly done in a practical way.

Louise Doucet without hesitation gives advice to students and shares her secrets for perfecting knowledge that still has difficulties.

Japanese pottery art

I got a big shock there. There is an old tradition for centuries so I had never heard of it. »

Quote from Gaetan Beaudin, 1964

The name and work of Gaëtan Beaudin (1924-2002) has always been associated with Quebec ceramics and pottery.

To perfect his craft, he undertook several overseas trips, including one to Japan, where he gained a new perspective on his discipline.

Journalist Renée Larochelle interviews Gaëtan Beaudin about pottery in Japan.

On May 10, 1964, it was broadcast presence of art presents Renée Larochelle’s interview with a potter who recently returned from a one-year stay in the Japanese archipelago.

Gaëtan Beaudin tells us that he mainly works on processes sure (pottery in Japanese) by some of the greatest masters of this discipline in Japan and who are often unknown in the West.

In particular, he showed Renée Larochelle several works made using the technique bizen-yaki, shigaraki-yaki and Shino Yaki learned along the way.

The aesthetics of pottery has special characteristics in Japan, adds Gaëtan Beaudin.

Is it because this country is very prone to natural disasters, he asked?

Japanese pottery attaches great importance to production accidents and imperfections that give each piece its perceived unique personality.

Pottery, emphasized Gaëtan Beaudin, is also very popular in Japan.

There are some very wealthy collectors who are prepared to pay top dollar for the best creations.

The enthusiasm for pottery, added Gaëtan Beaudin, was such that it made it difficult for Japanese museums seeking to acquire works that would embellish their collections.

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