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NWCF - Who do we raise funds for?

By Debra Sloan

It is the ceramic community that makes fundraising possible through your loyal support of the NWCF’s charitable efforts - aimed at education, excellence, and accessibility, and that is why we fundraise. Below are some of the projects and programs that we fund (and more info on the NWCF website here .. and sign up for our Sept. 30/21 Zoom webinar here).

Scholarship Program - Woodfire at the Shadbolt Centre, Burnaby
  • The Speaker Series is the cornerstone educational program and since 2008 thirty-seven national and international artists have presented free public talks.

  • Carol Mayer, one of the founding members of the NWCF has been successfully advocating for BC ceramics with the UBC Museum of Anthropology (MOA). Consequently, the collection of BC ceramic collection has grown, there have been many displays of BC ceramics in the Koerner Gallery, and the Judy Cramner Lab has become a residency studio which has housed 4 residents since 2016. A special permanent display of BC ceramics is now being planned. On 2020/21 at MOA, Carol curated a very successful exhibition, accompanied by a publication funded by the NWCF, Playing with Fire, BC Ceramics of the Extraordinary.

  • Carol is also working with the museum to share BC ceramic collections through the online Reciprocal Research Network. The NWCF is seeking funds to document historic private collections. One collector has donated the Tommy Kakinuma Ring o Birds, the proceeds will go to the Documenting Historic Collections Fund.

  • One of our most important projects is Post-Secondary Scholarships. Nicole Ponsart, Zoe Leung, Dimas Kefalas, and Georgia Fairhurst, students from Langara College, Emily Carr and Kwantlen Universities, were all given assistance to attend residencies at the Shadbolt or Medalta in 2021. The Maureen Wright Bursary remains available for BC ceramists wishing to upgrade their skills. We also direct funds for children, attending an Arts Umbrella class, anywhere in BC, to enable their participation in a clay class.

  • We have recently discovered both Mission Possible and Just Potters, two downtown East Side studios that work with people in need. Some funds will be directed to them. These studios have wish-list. You can make direct donations through our website.

  • Finding studio space has become more challenging with skyrocketing costs. Instead of individual studios, many ceramicists have returned to the historic practice of working in collectives. Amelia Butcher has created a terrific video about the Dusty Babes Collective and how their sojourn at Don Hutchinson’s studio, since 2016 is coming to an end. We sincerely hope they will find another space to continue their very successful operation as a collective.

  • On a more solemn note the NWCF is honouring Jinny Whitehead, who is living in care, afflicted with Parkinson’s. Jinny, an outstanding and dynamic president of the PGBC, NWCF Board Member and tireless volunteer has made countless contributions to ceramics in BC. Her husband Gordon has written a beautiful tribute to Jinny for the PGBC newsletter and he has made a video of the Webinar. There will be a display table honouring her work at That Pottery Thing… Jinny and Gordon have donated 6 pieces to the auction, and some funds from the auction of Jinny’s work will be directed to Jinny’s residence at Yaletown House.

  • Other projects include our collaborations with the Craft Council of BC to develop the BC Ceramic Mark Registry, identifying BC ceramic artists over the last 100 years - due to be published in early 2022 , that will replace the early version that is presently accessible through the NWCF and CCBC websites.

  • In 2020 Yosef Wosk offered support from the Yosef Wosk Family Foundation for the next decade. His generosity enabled the upgrade our website, the creation of the auction platform, and will help maintain the Scholarship Fund. In recognition, the NWCF Award of Excellence has become the NWCF Mayer Wosk Award of Excellence, acknowledging Carol Mayer as the originator of the award.

  • During the Webinar - On September 30th, Carol Mayer will present some images of previous NWCF Award winners, and the high-light of the evening will be a presentation by the 2021 NWCF Mayer Wosk recipient. There was great response to the call for nominations. And the jury were very challenged to make a decision.

Museum of Anthropology opening.

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