Bruce Cochrane has been working with clay for over 30 years. Originally from Vancouver he has studied and worked in Montreal, Nova Scotia, Ontario and New York. He exhibits his work internationally and also conducts instructive workshops. You will find his pieces in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto and the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa.
“Pottery has the potential to affect peoples lives in a very real way. The challenge is to go beyond the mundane and purely technical solutions which only compete with a vast industrial market. The pottery I find most compelling in terms of its vitality and its reflection of the maker are those who reach back into the traditions of vessel making not simply in reproduction but rather how these historical models are reinterpreted and revitalized to have more relevance to contemporary society.”
“My current work is made with stoneware clay and gas fired in a reduction kiln or a soda or wood fired atmosphere. I am also working with similar forms in earthenware with terra sigillata in a reducing atmosphere. The pots are constructed from thrown sections that allow for greater articulation of form and facilitates the application of pattern and texture through the use of carved roulettes.”
Bruce offers several workshops. One and two day demonstration workshops are an intensive session of throwing/trimming, throwing and altering, handles, lids, surface techniques and press molding with thrown elements. Dialogue is encouraged throughout the process. A visual history of my work and influences will be presented to support and contextualize the objects that are been made in the workshop.
One and two day participation workshops will focus on specific techniques where examples will be demonstrated followed by hands on participation with individual instruction. The size of these classes will be limited to the facility and number of wheels available.
One and two week workshops are generally thematic with a focus on exploration of unfamiliar territory using demonstrated techniques and form investigation through daily exercises. Sectional throwing, thrown/altered, reconstructed form, composite forms and pressmolded combinations are possible modes of investigation. Individual discussion and group critique offer valuable input to successful outcomes. Participants are expected to come away with exciting possibilities to further develop and resolve at home.
You can find out much more about Bruce Cochrane and see more of his work on his website.If you know other “Notable Artisans” for us to write about please let us know at admin@ArtisanOntario.ca