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2010 Voulkos Visiting Artist Fellow

Paul MathieuThe Bray is pleased to have Paul Mathieu as the 2010 Voulkos Visiting Artist Fellow. During this time he will have the opportunity to share his knowledge and experience as well as gain new ones.

Paul Mathieu is a ceramic artist, writer and educator. He received an MFA from UCLA in 1987 and has taught ceramics at many college and university levels, including Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Since 1996, he has been teaching at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, BC.

His work has been shown internationally and he has received many awards, including the "Grand Prix des Metiers d'Art" in 1985, the Chalmers Award in Crafts in 2000 and the Sadye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Crafts and the Governor General Award in Visual Arts in 2007.

Mathieu’s texts have been published by Studio Potter in the USA, Ceramics: Art and Perception in Australia, La Revue de la Ceramique et du Verre in France, Keramieki Techni in Greece, and the national ceramics magazine of Israel, as well as Espace magazine, Artichoke and Contact in Canada. He is the author of a book "Sexpots: Eroticism in Ceramics", recently published by A&C Black in England, Rutgers University Press in the USA and in a German translation by Haupt in Switzerland. It features erotic ceramics from the Neolithic to today with an emphasis on the work of upward to 100 contemporary artists from all over the world. He also recently completed a new book, an overview of the history of ceramics, with an emphasis on contemporary works. This book, "The Art of the Future: 14 essays on Ceramics", is available on his website at

He has been an artist in residence at the Banff Centre in Canada, the Tama Art Studios in Machida, Japan and the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary. Since the fall of 2003 he has made four separate stays at the San Bao International Ceramics Studio in Jingdezhen, China to research and realize new works. In 2009, he participated in an experimental design residency and symposium at the Hauguang Zibo Bone China Factory, in Shandong, China.

His work is in numerous private and public collections including Musee du Quebec, Musee d'Art Contemporain, Musee des Beaux-Arts both in Montreal, and the Gardiner Museum for Ceramic Art in Toronto; Shigaraki in Japan; the Victoria and Albert Museum in England and the LA County Art Museum in California.

In addition to spending time in the studio Mathieu will present a two-day critical writing on ceramics workshop on February 20-21, 2010.

Mathieu will also present an artist talk of his work on Saturday, February 20th at 7:30 pm in the Bray Resident’s Center.





  Four Photo Vases Ian, Neil, Edward, porcelain, 2008