Students Exhibit Contemporary Ceramic Art at the Gardiner Museum
Two students from the ceramics program at Sheridan College created pieces inspired by work they saw at the Gardiner Museum’s historical collection, and they are now on display at the Gardiner Museum.
The pieces – by Tine DeRuiter and Habiba El-Sayed – present a contemporary interpretation of 17th century English delftware and 18th century Meissen porcelain.
Habiba had this to say about her work: “I chose the Meissen thimble at the Gardiner as my inspiration for the piece. I really began to think about the woman who might’ve worn it and what her role as a homemaker might’ve been like. The piece ties into the idea of handwork, such as embroidery and needlework as ‘women’s work,’ and the stereotypes that have been attached to that. I think those women were often viewed as compliant and passive (by their male counterparts), doing what was seen as the “proper” thing for a homemaker to do. The thimble itself is such a small, benign object and we rarely think of it’s strength and how it serves to protect the wearer. I liked the idea of strength in numbers and how small units could form a much larger motif. Another thing I was thinking about was my own personal experience as a Muslim woman living in North America and how I face a different set of stereotypes of passivity and oppression.
I’m learning so many interesting ceramic techniques at Sheridan. This piece uses slip-casting, in which a plaster mould is made and liquid clay is poured in. It’s a great process for creating multiples of something, in this case 400 thimbles!”
Habiba and Tine’s work will be on display until September, 2013. Link to the Museum’s website here.