Bill Reddick

Potter and Cake Artisan

 

Artist Statement

My work is informed and inspired by an era 1000 years ago in China when porcelain reached its zenith. I utilize and explore those ancient techniques.

Recent Exhibitions & Juried Shows

2018 July. Shane Norrie Contemporary. Group Show. Red. Stratford Ontario.

2017 August. Burlington Art Centre. Group Show. Setting Ontario’s Table.

2017 March. Shane Norrie Contemporary. Group Show. Groundwork. Stratford Ontario.

2015 November. Burlington Art Centre. Group Show. Still Life Landscape.

2015 November. Gardiner Museum Shop. Bowl Themed Group Show.

2015 June. Juror. Lakefield College School . The Dalglish award.

2014 September. Burlington Art Centre. Group Show. Coast to Coast to Coast.

2014 May Workshop and Slideshow. Fusion Conference, Peterborough Ontario.

2014 April Vase Show. Gardiner Museum Shop, Toronto

2013 Nov Lecture and Slide show. Kawartha Potters Guild. Peterborough,ON.

2013 Mar. Speaker and Pianist. Creativity and Spirituality lecture series. St Mary Magdalene Anglican Church, Picton, ON.

2012 Nov “Dinnerware”. BURLINGTON ART CENTRE- National group invitational exhibit. Permanent collection corridor. Burlington, Ontario

2012 July. Faculty Exhibition. Haliburton School of the Arts. Railsend Gallery

2012 July. Faculty. Haliburton School of the Arts. Teaching Dinnerware Course

2011 Nov Ontario Crafts Council 35th Anniversary Exhibition, Ontario Craft 2011

2011 May. Lecture “The Creative Spark” Canadian Ceramic Circle. National Gallery

2011 Apr. Lecture and slide show. Parrott Library, Belleville

2010 Oct. MERA Lecturer in series”The Creative Spark” Perth Ontario

2010 July. Faculty. Haliburton School of the Arts. Teaching Dinnerware Course.

2010 May. Solo Exhibition and Slide show. Gardiner Museum. Opened by J Ralston Saul

2010 Feb. Solo Exhibition, Syracuse New York. Clayscapes Gallery.

2010 Jan. Unity an Diversity Exhibition. Vancouver cultural Olympiad.

2009 Nov. Ontario Craft 09. Juried group show.

2009 Sept. Unity and Diversity Exhibition. Cheoungju International Biennale in South Korea.

2009 May GARDINER MUSEUM OF CERAMIC ART 25th Anniversary Bowl Show. Invitational group

2009 Mar-Oct. Masterworks East, Touring Juried Group Show of OCC.

2009 Feb-May “Perfect” Burlington Art Centre. National Juried Show.

2008 Sept-Dec. “Beaver Tales” University of Toronto Art Centre. National Art Exhibit 200 years of Canadian Art featuring Iconic Canadian images from nature.

2008 Mar-May “RED”. BURLINGTON ART CENTRE- National group invitational exhibit. Permanent collection corridor. Burlington, Ontario

2007 Nov.-SOFA, Chicago.

2007 260 FINGERS – Ottawa, ON – invitational group

2007 Aug-Oct – Roots to Royalty: Fine Craft of East Central Ontario

About the Artist 

   Bill Reddick, a self taught artist, received meaningful ceramics experience while a student at Lakefield College School in the mid 70’s. After attending Queens University, he established, in 1982, a studio in Prince Edward County, Ontario. He now lives and works in Peterborough, Ontario.

     Bill was deeply affected by Song Dynasty porcelain of China where he toured in 1998. In 2009 he traveled to Korea as a participating artist in the Cheongju World Craft Biennale. Informed by both these ancient classical Asian traditions, his work demonstrates a fluency of form, and technique, while expressing contemporary design.

   At the request of former Governor General, Madame Adrienne Clarkson, Bill created the “Maple Leaf Service” which is now the official State Dinnerware for Canada, at Rideau Hall. Also, in 2001, he designed a dinner service for the Canadian Embassy in Japan. He was later asked to design dinnerware for the Prime minister’s residence at the request of the Canadiana Fund.

   When the Covid Era began in March 2020, Bill immediately pivoted and became a baker, since he could not earn a living as a potter under the new circumstances. He channeled his creativity and inventiveness into developing a unique online business, which at its core consists of four gluten-free cakes he developed, which are shippable across Canada in one day.

    They are described as “the best cake I’ve ever had” by most everyone who have experienced them. Bill is now creating cakes and porcelain at his studio and baking/firing both in his large gas fired kiln. He explains; “For inspiration, there is a common element between the cakes and porcelain. In both cases, I reached back into history to a time when a standard had been achieved that is unsurpassed.

    For the porcelain, it was the Song Dynasty, and for the cakes it was a fudge icing I encountered in the 1960’s created by the Bregman Family Bakeries of Toronto in the 1930’s”. The cakes and the porcelain are the realization of Bill’s vision of excellence rooted in years of experimentation and experience.

    He enjoys the process and says, “the icing on the cake(s), are the meaningful relationships with the community of individuals who have supported me and enjoyed the fruits of my labour.”

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