Dust Evans Gallery: Featured Artist
Get your hands dirty and explore your creativity at Gloucester Pottery School this year!
Gloucester Pottery School showcasing the work of six diverse professional artists a year in the Dust Evans Gallery. Exhibitions are visible online and in person at the Shenkman Art Center, the gallery is locating on the lower level next to the City of Ottawa's Trinity Gallery. In the past the gallery has had exhibitions by a a diverse range of artists and moving into our 30th year we will seek to give more Dust Evans Gallery exhibition opportunities to artists in equity-seeking communities.
to keep something as it is, especially in order to prevent it from decaying or being damaged or destroyed – Cambridge Dictionary
Preparing for this exhibition, I explored the issue of food insecurity. I researched a variety of food preserving techniques, as well as some of the cooking and dining traditions of my Chinese heritage. The wheel thrown pieces are a mix of food preserving/storage vessels – fermenting crocks, bail jars and bottles.
I created a new series of work for this exhibition, “lap mei.” Lap mei is the Cantonese word for preserved meats. There are many regional variations of cured and preserved meats in China. I am most familiar lap cheong/yun chang (pork sausage), lap yuk (pork belly), lap ngap (cured duck leg). These plates/dishes, hung on the wall with butcher’s twine, are shaped like these preserved meats. This series of pieces has been maturating in my mind for a long time. I have always been drawn to the different types of preserved food items displayed at Chinese markets. There is such a wide variety of shapes and textures. I also have many fond associations with the sight of char siu (barbecue pork), siu yuk (roasted pork), and siu ngap (roasted duck) hanging in the window of Chinese restaurants.
The exhibition is centered around the theme preserve. As a potter, I feel immensely humbled to be a small part of this millennia-old tradition. In this increasingly automated world, I am playing a small role in maintaining traditional handmade pottery techniques.
Patrick Yeung is a Toronto, Ontario base potter. He is a graduate of the Craft and Design Program at Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville, Ontario. After completing his studies at Sheridan in 2006, Patrick continued to hone his craft with a 2 years apprenticeship with Dundas, Ontario potter, Scott Barnim. Since 2009, Patrick has been making his own work on a part time basis. He designs and creates unique, finely handcrafted tableware. Patrick Yeung’s work reflects his interests in his Cantonese heritage, the routines of cuisine and dining traditions, and contemporary design. He is able to meld all these influences to create work that is useful, pleasing, and memorable.
Works From Current Exhibition Available for Sale
Vanessa Villarreal June 11, 2021 – August 4, 2021
Colette Beardall August 6, 2021 – October 6,2021
Rosemary Swan October 8, 2021 - December 1, 2021
Tuile-Fionnuala December 3, 2021 – February 2, 2022
Marianne Chenard February 4, 2022 - April 6, 2022
Ayesh Kanani April 8, 2022 - June 8, 2022
Marissa Alexander June 10, 2022 - August 10, 2022
The Gloucester Pottery School intends to showcase the immense variety in the way the material can be explored. It is very important to the school and the community that the Dust Evans Gallery represent the greater diversity in ceramics seeking to give more Dust Evans Gallery exhibition opportunities to artists in equity-seeking communities.
Exhibitions are selected by the director, Kaitlyn Brennan. Please contact her directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org