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Canada 150 - Quebec - Trade beads

Posted: June 12, 2017 - 15:03 , by Heather Read
four rows of white sead beads

This week, I want to write about beads.

CANADA 150 - New Brunswick - Deichmann Pottery

Posted: April 4, 2017 - 11:40 , by Heather Read
detail of a ceramic cup

It can be pretty common in rural parts of Canada to find a pottery studio. Lots of Ontario cottagers have favorite potters that they visit in their cottage community. Many of the Gulf Islands in BC have at least one resident potter. Quebec has a hugely successful pottery show that draws in artists from across the province, 1001 Pots, which highlights the rural potter’s lifestyle. It is so common that it’s hard to believe that there were, at one time, pioneers of that way of life.

CANADA 150 - Newfoundland and Labrador - Michael Massie Teapot

Posted: March 22, 2017 - 12:58 , by Heather Read
detail of silver teapot

My second object from Newfoundland and Labrador is a contemporary piece by silversmith Michael Massie.  It is a teapot, mimicking the shape of an ulu knife, with etched designs on the silver body of the pot.  The handle is made of bloodwood. Massie is a contemporary Canadian artist who was born in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, in 1962. He currently lives on the island portion of the province with his family.

CANADA 150 – Newfoundland and Labrador – Sarah Savarey Hat Box

Posted: March 8, 2017 - 11:28 , by Heather Read
fishing boat in a harbour at sunset

I’m starting my Canada 150 blogging project in Newfoundland and Labrador. Why? To start, it is the province that lies geographically furthest east, and moving east to west is an easy organizational structure. More deeply, Newfoundland and Labrador was one of the last provinces to join Confederation with Canada in 1949. The vote was contentious and the margin of victory was slim. It’s less likely now, but it once would have been possible to find older residents of the island who considered themselves Newfoundlanders first, Canadians second (if Canadian at all).

CANADA 150 – What We Make and What We’re Made Of

Posted: February 27, 2017 - 14:24 , by Heather Read
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Hi! I'm Heather Read, the Rebanks Postdoctoral Fellow in Canadian Decorative Arts. In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, I’ll be writing a blog series this year highlighting interesting objects from the Canadian Decorative Arts Collection at the Royal Ontario Museum. With this series, I’ll be talking about some of the furniture, pottery, and glass that are currently on exhibition at the ROM, but I’ll also give you a peek behind the scenes into the parts of this collection that aren’t currently on display.

An Ivory Triptych

Posted: July 8, 2013 - 08:36 , by Brian Boyle
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15th century European ivory hinged triptych with Crucifixion and Baptism scene

Every once in a while, well actually more on a very regular basis, some amazing artifacts come to our studio to be photographed.