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Tactile Desires: The work of Jack Sures to launch Sunday

October 22, 2013

One of nation's most significant ceramists to host artist talk and tour at opening of major retrospective
This weekend the Confederation Centre Art Gallery officially launches a major retrospective from renowned Regina-based ceramic artist, Jack Sures.

Tactile Desires: The work of Jack Sures is the first retrospective of one of the country's most noteworthy ceramists-a multi-faceted figure whose exuberant and sensuous work traverses the categories of craft, fine art, and public monument. An opening reception and ArtTalk from Jack Sures will be held in the Centre's Studio 1 this Sunday, October 27 at 2 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided and the talk will be followed by a walking tour through the exhibition by the artist. A handsome publication of the same title accompanies this exhibition and is now available for sale in the Gallery. It features essays from the exhibition's curator Virginia Eichhorn, as well from as Julia Krueger, Timothy Long, Sandra Alfoldy, and Matthew Kangas. On Saturday, October 26 a full class will join Sures in Schurman Family Studio at the Gallery for a rare workshop opportunity. The ceramist will dispense all of his trade secrets on working with mud. Using 100 pounds of clay, Sures will demonstrate the many techniques he uses in his craft. The workshop is co-sponsored by the P.E.I. Crafts Council and the PEI Potters Studio.

Over the past fifty years, Sures has contributed significantly to the advancement of ceramic art in Canada, including his implementation of the printmaking and ceramics programs at the University of Regina in 1965, where from 1969 to 1971 he served as chairman for the Department of Visual Arts. Sures first trained as a painter and printmaker, honing his ceramics skills initially in London at Chelsea Pottery, and studying the works of ceramic artists in the galleries of Europe and the Middle East. In 1962, he returned to Canada and set up his own studio in Winnipeg, eventually moving to Regina, where he continues to live and work today.

This exhibition was organized and circulated by the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan and the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario, and was supported by the Museums Assistance Program, and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Image Cutline:
Untitled, 1988. black glaze, expanded sgraffito, porcelain, 34 x 22 x 22 cm, MacKenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina Collection, 1989-004.

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Fraser McCallum, Communications Manager, Confederation Centre of the Arts
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