Bell Fraser

Transforming a simple thrown form into an elaborate container, with crabs, lobsters or mussels added to it, is both a challenge and a reward. I want to make new things that feel good to hold.

I was born and raised in Margaree Valley, Cape Breton and have been working with clay since 1986. After studying painting and ceramics at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1990, I came back home to continue working. We now live and have a production studio in Chimney Corner, south of Margaree Harbour, and galleries in Margaree Valley and Chimney Corner.
Stewart Applegath

When I came here years ago, I was amazed I couldn’t find much landscape photography available in Cape Breton; after all, there is so much to see here. I work with digital photography and am very interested in how the panorama format can change my understanding of a place.

I was born in Toronto, and studied painting, video and photography at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (BFA) and at the The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA). In addtiton to the work related to the making of our pottery, and to operating our galleries, I am a videomaker and worked in New York City for four years before we moved permanently to Cape Breton in 1997.

Making Cape Breton Clay

Each of these clay works comes out of a chain of time-consuming processes. The fish or shellfish, which are molded from clay, reflect the bounty of the waters surrounding Cape Breton Island. Unlike the work involved in making other types of pottery, the application, painting and glazing of these “critters” adds time and complexity to the fabrication of each piece. Aside from the rich detail evident on the creatures, the navy-blue glazed surfaces are hand-applied in three successive coats by brush, rather than by dipping. The cumulative results of these processes are works that are complex, elegant and beautiful

Kitchener's Koop

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