|(Boxed) Rough Glazed Container|
|native saskatchewan clay, wood|
In March 2000, after over 30 years in the forefront of Canadian ceramics, John Chalke received the first ever Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts for Fine Craft. In 2002 John became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art (RCA).
work is both thrown and hand built. The clay body used is made at
home from native Saskatchewan clays. Different kilns are used for
specific temperatures, including a three-chamber wood-fired kiln in
the southwest Alberta foothills.
has been working with clay for 37 years. Born in the United Kingdom
in 1940, he received an Art Teacher's Certificate in education from
the Bath Academy of Art in 1962. Soon after setting up a studio in
London, his work was being exhibited at the city's Design Centre. He
taught at the Farnham and Harrow schools of art before emigrating to
Canada in 1968.
While he has
taught throughout his career—at the University of Alberta, the
University of Calgary and the Alberta College of Art and Design—the
main focus of his energy has been in the studio. Over his career he
has participated in over 240 national and international exhibitions.
These include exhibitions and competitions in New York, San Angelo
(Texas), Chicago, Lausanne, Tokyo, London, Koblenz, Sydney,
Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary
contribution to his craft, including ground-breaking research, has
been recognized in some 25 books on ceramic art and in numerous
magazine and journal articles. His jury duty has been extensive: he
was the sole judge for the prestigious Fletcher Challenge Ceramics
Award in Auckland (1996) and was the sole judge for the 2000 Sydney
Myer International Ceramics Award in Australia. In 2000 John
was the first recipient of the prestigious Governor General's Award
for Fine Craft.
In 2000 John was the first recipient of the prestigious Governor General's Award for Fine Craft.
Chalke is one of four Canadian ceramists to have had work purchased by the Victoria and Albert Museum. His work is also found in private and public collections throughout North America, in the U.K., Italy, Japan, France and Australia. In Canada, these include the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, the Canada Council Art Bank and the Bronfman Corporate Collection. John is the recipient of the first Governor Generals' Award for Fine Craft (2000). He lives in Calgary with his wife and fellow ceramic artist Barbara Tipton.
 Information and
quotes primarily from the Governor General of Canada