December 24, 2015
Leigh Square Community Arts Village
2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
Residency Term: January 11 – March 11, 2016
Meet & Greet with Artist: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays between 10am-3pm
Opening Reception: Friday January 15th 4-6pm, the Gathering Place
Port Coquitlam, BC – Dec 24, 2015: This time around we’re excited to be hosting a pair of artists in the arts village as the centre’s eighth and ninth Artists-in-Residence (January 11 – March 11) – a pair of clay sculptors – Laura G. and Ninna Snider, the Muck Sisters!
Laura and Ninna have recently begun working together in clay and are excited to spend the next three months mucking up the Gathering Place with their Clay Creations! They both bring their own unique skills and joined them together to make some fun mixes of functional, fun and whimsical work that will surely delight and brighten up the Port Coquitlam community. Together they have recently dubbed the name Cup-a-tude to their works – vessels with attitudes depicted by faces of people and animals, and are excited to explore this body of work together to see where they can take it.
The artistic endeavours of Ninna and Laura are very hands on, fun and of great interest to those who have enjoyed it. They look forward to sharing their skills and creative ideas with each other to see how far they can push it. They’re interested in pushing the outer limits of making functional dishes into fun and comic like items that pique the interests of all sorts of people. By sharing this process publicly they will have time to talk with observers and develop ideas as they meet the people interested in their art (and who frequent Leigh Square and the Gathering Place). They look forward to making art that makes people laugh like they do while creating it. Ninna and Laura will not only be piquing the public’s interests in their creations as they walk by, but will also be offering some workshop opportunities for the community in February, and will have an Opening Reception in the Gathering Place on Friday January 15th from 4-6pm!
When Laura was asked about her love of clay and how she got started in the medium she had this to say: “When I was four years old I put my foot in a small trickle of grey goo flowing from the Athabasca Glacier…my show was lost forever but my love affair with clay had begun. I am attracted to the organic nature of clay, its origins millennia ago as rock, the way it feels in my hands, its earthy smell, the fact that the craft is over 16 thousand years old…. I love to experiment with texture and altered shapes. I also enjoy creating pieces for the garden…from birdbaths to masks.”
When we spoke to Ninna about her origins with clay, she said “I have been creatively “muckin’ about” in clay for about 15 years. My home studio allows me to operate in an environment that literally feeds me energy. Located near my garden, I am regularly inspired by the landscape around me and my love of cooking. I describe my work as mostly functional stoneware pottery with an eclectic style. Every piece is unique and contains hints of knowledge I’ve gathered at local art centres, classes with Pacific Northwest ceramicists and even a touch of what I like to call ‘YouTube University’.” And both artists are dedicated members of both the Tri-City Potters Group and the Fraser Valley Potters Guild.
This residency marks two years of a new program focused on establishing artists within Port Coquitlam’s artistic centre, and members of the public can visit Laura and Ninna at The Gathering Place at Leigh Square between the hours of 10-3pm on weekdays except Mondays and Thursdays, from January 11 to March 11. To view more of their work, please visit Laura atwww.sisterearthclayworks.com or Ninna at www.muckabout.ca However, during their residency they are looking forward to creating their joint website for the Muck Sisters. So stay tuned for that! In the meantime you can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in applying for a residency, please email Leigh Square at email@example.com or call 604.927.8400for more information as we are currently seeking artists for the rest of our 2016 year and for the 2017 in-take.
The Leigh Square Community Arts Village encourages and facilitates community development through arts, culture and heritage within Port Coquitlam and serves as a cultural meeting place, a 21st century community arts centre. Seewww.portcoquitlam.ca/leighsquare for details.
Work by Laura G.
Work by Ninna Snider