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Clay exhibit takes shape at Douglas College

Urn, by Judy Weeden, is among the works that will be displayed at Douglas College as part of Formed Earth, Earth Formed.   - Courtesy the artist
Urn, by Judy Weeden, is among the works that will be displayed at Douglas College as part of Formed Earth, Earth Formed.
— image credit: Courtesy the artist

Lovers of clay may already have March 23 marked on their calendars as the day of the sixth Canadian Clay Ceramic Symposium, held at Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

But did you know that as part of the symposium, which is held only every three years, events, workshops and exhibits are being put on across the Lower Mainland?

One such celebration happens Feb. 28 through April 12 at the Amelia Douglas Gallery at Douglas College. Formed Earth, Earth Formed is an exhibit of the works of clay artist Judy Weeden and painter/sculptor Ronald T. Crawford.

It may seem like an odd pairing.

The artists—both from Salt Spring Island—work in different mediums, with only Weeden working in clay. Yet they share a common approach in the creative process, and both their works speak of the earth and our home in nature.

“We both make our forms and images through the physical act of creating,” Crawford says. “In other words, the ideas are a natural result of working at our craft, not preceded by the idea. We both have a love of pattern, and nature.”

“Ronald’s vision is both subtle and elegant, often geologically and time oriented,” adds Weeden. “Mine is more likely to present an immediate vision of living forms on this earth. For both of us, our vision often becomes abstracted or representational, requiring the viewer’s interpretation.”

Formed Earth, Earth Formed runs Feb. 28 to April 12 at the Amelia Douglas Gallery, Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave., New Westminster. Meet Weeden and Crawford at the opening reception Feb. 28, 4:30-7:30 p.m., or attend the Artists’ Talk March 1, 10 a.m. Admission is free. For more info see

• Tamara Letkeman is a writer/media specialist with the marketing and communications office at Douglas College.

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