Charles Bronfman’s Claridge Collection Auction: Part V: Decorative Arts

April 21, 2015

LOT 151
  • ANNE MARIE SCHMID-ESLER (1937 - 2013)




clay and felt
height 1.75" — 4.4 cm., diameter 21.25" — 54 cm.
incised signature

Estimate $300-$500

Realised: $180
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:


Anne Marie Schmid Esler was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1937. She received her Bachelor of Arts in 1959 from the University of Manitoba, and went on to further studies at the University of Munich, Germany from 1961 to 1962. She returned to Winnipeg and worked as a social worker before focusing her education in fine art, graduating with a diploma in ceramics from the Alberta College of Art in 1968. She played an integral role in shaping the history of ceramic arts in Alberta in the 1970‘s and 80‘s, pushing the medium beyond traditional practices and ensuring its rightful place in contemporary practice. Schmidt’s work often reflects a concern for the sorrow of human existence.

Schmid’s career in the arts spanned over 25 years, and she was the recipient of several awards and scholarships, including the Manitoba Arts Council Award. Her work is included in several university collections, as well as in the Alberta House in London, England. She took part in several solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada, in England, France and Japan, including a retrospective of her work at the Triangle Arts Gallery in Calgary, Alberta in 2006. Schmid Esler passed away in 2013 in Calgary, Alberta.

Selected Corporate, Private and Public Collections

Alberta Art Foundation, Edmonton, AB
Alberta House, London, England
Burlington Arts Center, ON
Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON
Claridge Collection, Montreal, QC
Embassy of China, Ottawa, ON
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB
Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, AB
The House of Ceramics, Vancouver, BC

Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

2013 Made in Calgary: The 1970s, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB
2012 We Tell Ourselves Stories, Nickle Galleries, Calgary, AB
2006 Annemarie Schmid-Esler’s Sculptural Odyssey, The Triangle Gallery, Calgary, AB
2002 FIRE+EARTH: Contemporary Canadian Ceramics; Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON
2001 FIRE+EARTH: Contemporary Canadian Ceramics; The Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK
2000 FIRE+EARTH: Contemporary Canadian Ceramics; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS
1998 FIRE+EARTH: Contemporary Canadian Ceramics; Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
1997 FIRE+EARTH: Contemporary Canadian Ceramics; Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, ON
1992 Acquisition/Inquisition; Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, ON
1990 Annemarie Schmid Esler; Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB
1988 Restless Legacies (group exhibition); Olympic Art Festival, Calgary, AB
1987 Fourteen Years Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
1980 Recent Sculpture,University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB
Fifteen Canadian Artists, Canada House, London, England and Centre Culture, Paris, France
1978 The Fine Art of Alberta Craft, the XI Commonwealth Games, Edmonton, AB
1977 8 From Calgary, the House of Ceramics, Vancouver, BC
1976 The Midwestern, Winnipeg Art Gallery, MB
1975 The History of Ceramics in Alberta, Edmonton Art Gallery, AB

Selected Grants, Awards, and Scholarships

1966-68 Alberta Government craft scholarship
1968 Canada Council Material Aid Grant
1976 Manitoba Arts Council Award, the Winnipeg Art Gallery


Purchased directly from the artist