Saturday September 29th noon – 4pm. Location: Earthshaper Studio. AKA my backyard.
I am launching my new website on October 2nd 2018 with the help of the wonderful Chantelle Andercastle of Clear Quartz Creative so, I figured why not have a sale to kick off this fantastic event!
My new website will feature my very own online shop (welcome to the 21st century Crystal!) and as a thank you I am offering a discount to all my e-mail newsletter subscribers. If you are on my e-mail list, you’ll get the coupon!
I never stop thinking about what to make; I am constantly working as a creator as I wander through life. Just like that, inspiration can hit and I am looking forward to having a space close by which I can quickly and easily get to. Connecting my home to my creative space simply made sense.
And on that note…….I am pleased and excited to invite you to my new *home* studio for my annual *winter* sale!
Over the years my studio has been an unintentional transient space; it has moved with me as I sought out the best way to do things……….
Which has lead me to Earthshaper Studio, the new *HOME* of my art practice located behind my house in St. Boniface, Winnipeg, MB
My husband Eric and I started from scratch 9 months ago with this seed of an idea…… to build a creative space where we could explore dreams, get our hands dirty and be messy without consequence.
We took down the old garage ourselves, allowing us the freedom to take back certain materials to places where they could be recycled. We hired a company to build the shell, apply the stucco and pour an epoxy floor. I bought all the windows second hand. Eric and I hired a company to install spray foam insulation on the walls and we ‘blew in’ the roof insulation ourselves (it’s R-60. Welcome to Winnipeg). We had a hook-up for an electrician with Eric doing a lot of the repetitive work himself. We installed the roof and walls (osb), painted (it’s very white) and opted for base board heaters to heat the space.
Check out the below images to experience this wacky and wonderful journey with us….
I was recently part of an exhibition called ‘Terra Botanica.’
“Terra Botanica is ceramic and plant based exhibit by Crystal Nykoluk, Jessica Hodgson, Erika Hanneson, Heather Komus, and Bernard Ferguson. Please join us in appreciating the diverse ways Ceramics and earth/plants can be integrated and expressed by each individual artist. All artists are graduates of the University of Manitoba Fine Arts faculty.
Terra Botanica is a creative synthesis of clay/earth, plants and the human element to experience and appreciate a more natural holistic existence in our relationship between art/craft and the natural world. We are not designed to thrive in sterile environments void of all the plant and microbial/probiotic activity that has evolved along with us and within.
The natural calming primal scents and sounds of earth, plants and water evoke and awaken our own biological innate affinity to the natural world.”
My piece in exhibition was an installation comprised of 29 clay pots hanging from the ceiling filled with the air-cleaning chlorophytum comosum.
breath in; there is oxygen here.
an imagined landscape floats
in a void space
free and seemingly alone.
held up by long white rain
a starship explorer
we need the green
to feel alive, to dream!
‘Receiving Hope’ is not a strong display of my capabilities with the ceramic medium; rather, it is an all-encompassing installation, achieved through whatever means, to communicate a warm feeling of hope, contemplation and exploration. It is a safe space meant to foster the rhythm of your heartbeat in conjunction with your breath and the green growth present in an oxygen-rich capsule. Reminiscent of a spaceship-like structure, or a languid hanging garden, this piece is a salutation to the Earth and all it has helped us achieve.
My work in the exhibition examines how a ceramic piece can be completed by what it is used for; what is put inside the vessels we create – whether it is soup in a bowl, coffee in your cup or flowers in a vase.
It a preemptive way of thinking as you create; it is knowing that the full work of art can never be realized until it is used for it’s purpose.
I am also playing with light in this exhibition and how it can distort reality – change the shape and shift your thinking. This facet of the exhibition is a comment on how meaning can be construed; how different interpretations can change the function of art pieces.