Katriona Drijber

Katriona Drijber began her ceramic education at Kootenay School of the arts where she completed a 3 year diploma program in studio ceramics. Following several years of studies at both the University of Calgary and the University of British Columbia in First Nations Studies, Drijber decided to return to studying ceramics at Alberta College of Art and Design where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 2014.

Drijber’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions in Canada and the US; recent exhibitions include Cup: The Intimate Object X at the Charlie Cummings Gallery in Gainesville, Florida, The Yunomi Invitational at AKAR in Iowa City, Iowa, and Spoon Me! International Spoon Show in Medicine Hat, Alberta. She spent the summer of 2014 as an artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, and looks forward to her next residency, wherever that might be. Currently Drijber makes her home in the small town of Coleman, Alberta, where she tries to balance time in the studio with time in the mountains outside her door.

Growing up in the Rocky Mountains, I have always felt held in by their walls; through the medium of clay, I play with this sense of containment, creating spaces for people to enter into within the context of their daily lives. Working through function, I create spaces from which to draw sustenance in a literal way; this references the sustenance I draw metaphorically from the landscape and animals which are so important a part of my identity.

In my practice, I try to find balance between the piece that gets put in the glass cupboard and never used and the piece that goes straight from the dish drying rack and onto the table again. I blend the plants and animals of natural world outside the doors of the home with the friendships and relationships that grow and develop around the dinner table. I strive to create work that injects a sense of ethereality into everyday life, work that brings small moments out of the drab or the ordinary. Utilizing the transformative power of clay, I create microcosms which the viewer or user can explore – portals of escape into a fantastical refuge from the everyday.

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