Claude Morin is a Ceramist from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. As of late, Claude’s artistic study has been the transformative effects of wood fire on form.

Wood fired pieces are highly dependent on the clay body and the will of the fire. Some of the factors at play are surface treatment, exposure to the flame, placement in the kiln and the wind. For Claude, the resulting surface patterns and flashing represent nature. When the kiln is opened, the transformation remains mysterious—the ash deposit and trapped carbon creating textures in which for Claude, is a spiritual ancestral process. Each piece is slow to reveal its unity and unique beauty. Through his work, Claude aspires to explore and further understand the flow of nature which constantly represents interaction and relationship. As Claude himself describes it, “it is my sources of elation and contemplation.”

“Later in life I developed fascination with art and expression in ceramics. I am fortunate to have met learned teachers: Wendy Parsons, Zach Dietrich, Les Manning, Jack Sures, Robin Hopper, Rob Froese, Matt Long, Peter Callas, Serge Murphy at Metchosin Summer School of the Arts, Metchosin, BC at Medalta (Shaw Centre for Contemporary Ceramics), Medicine Hat, AB, and in Montreal with Le conseil culturel fransaskois.

My relation with First Nation people has transformed my perspectives. I would like to acknowledge the knowledge keepers: Leroy Little Bear, Art Kaiswatum, Phillip Auger, Barb Frazer (wife), Norma Rabbitskin and Willie Ermine, for making a place for me into the learning circle.”

Claude attended the Metchosin Summer School of the Arts in British Columbia and Medalta, in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Claude made his television debuts on Radio Canada’s art shows Zigzag (2006) and C’est ça la vie (2012).

Claude’s work has been exhibited in numerous local Saskatchewan venues. His work has also been shown at the Galerie Gora, Montréal; Théâtre du Petit Champlain, Quebec City; Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery; the 2009 Cheonju International Craft Biennale, Cheonju, South Korea; AKA Gallery, Saskatoon; and Galerie Lux, Montréal.

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