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Posts tagged “Gardiner Museum


Well, I fell in to a black hole there for a bit.  Lots going on, but not much mention of them on the blog.  I’ll start trying to catch up.

First thing first

Ta Da!!!

Jason Gordon Holley "shelter" 2012, Stoneware, cone 6, raku glaze, newsprint reduction, acrylic

Jason Gordon Holley
27” tall x 17″ wide (puddle of failure is variable)
Stoneware, cone 6, raku glaze, newsprint reduction, acrylic
Photo – Mark Bennett

This is my official entry to the emerging artist contest at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto.

I found something to do with all the failure that’s been piling up over the last couple of years.  Painting each ring by hand gave me plenty of time to think about all those fond memories…  I am very pleased with the ‘puddle of failure’.  This is the first time I’ve ever used colour, and there was no real time for a back up plan.  So I was a little edgy!

Hope you like it! (and vote for me!)

ps, no useful rings were intentionally harmed in the making of ‘puddle of failure’

pps, there is lots and lots of ‘failure’  still taking up space in the studio.  After all that painting… I think I’ll make some reclaim.


Sneak Peek

Sample sample sample

A little taste of what I’m working on for the Gardiner Museum contest in the fall.

Back in the studio


These might just end up in the Gardiner Museum this September. Wish them luck!

After all the excitement from The Artist Project Toronto, I really needed a break.  I went to nceca in Seattle, spent some time in Vancouver and Victoria catching up with friends, and generally unwound.  Then there were a few projects that needed to be finished up (more on that later), and a potato garden that needed digging… Finally I started spending some quality time in my studio.

I’m well under way creating new work for the emerging artist show at the Gardiner.  I’m enjoying the process, and tweaking my concept.  I need a finished piece, complete with photography, and an artist statement, by July 13th.  I’ll keep you posted!




Huge News!

So, somewhere in all this madness getting ready for The Artist Project Toronto I got an email. It was an exciting email, like really really exciting.

I was informed that Dr Sandra Alfoldy, a craft historian from NSCAD University in Halifax, has nominated me for an award at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto. The RBC People’s Choice Emerging Artist Award.

After a short period of disbelief, there was a less brief period of child like squealing, then I read the rest of the email. So, the Gardiner wants me to send in some work, they will display that work for the month of September (eeeeeeee! I’ll have work in the Gardiner!!! ahem) While the work is on display, visitors to the gallery can vote on their favorite work (there are 5 nominees). The winner of the popular vote gets the top, and only prize. $10,000 to do with as I please… er… that the winner can use for what ever they want.

So I have until Mid July to create the best sculpture I have ever made… Thankfully that kind of pressure is my favorite motivator.

You will be hearing more about this, promise.

ps, vote early vote often! September at the Gardiner

pps, something tells me prices are going up a bit in October! (fingers crossed)