Canadian, b. 1934
Quillium, from the series Encrustation, 2005
clay, South African porcupine quills
(1) salver: 1.6 x 291 cm; (2) cup: 8 x 9.5 x 7.1 cm; (3) cup: 8 x 9.5 x 7.1 cm; (4) cup: 8 x 9.5 x 7.1 cm; (5) bud: 17.5 x 15.3 x 12.4 cm; (6) bud: 17.5 x 15.3 x 12.4 cm; (7) bud: 17.5 x 15.3 x 12.4 cm
Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Acquired with funds from the Winnipeg Rh Foundation Inc. and with funds from the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance program/Oeuvre achetée avec l’aide du programme d’aide aux acquisitions du Conseil des Arts du Canada
2007-65.1 to 10
Like many ceramists who choose to focus on sculptural explorations in clay rather than utilitarian forms, Ann Mortimer’s work still has ties to the vessel tradition. The WAG’s sculptural group is composed of seven discrete pieces. A circular salver/tray rests on three “legs,” which are actually high-sided cups. Perched on the tray are three large “buds” or bird-like forms with porcupine quill inserts. All are low-fired and feature an encrusted, kelly green, “lichen” glaze. Mortimer’s work has been featured in over 100 national and international exhibitions over the last 20 years. She co-founded the Institute for Ceramic History (now the Ceramic Arts Foundation) in 1985 in an effort to promote scholarship in contemporary ceramics.