Charles Bronfman’s Claridge Collection Auction: Part V: Decorative Arts
April 21, 2015
ROBIN HOPPER (1939 - ), R.C.A.
LARGE SLAB LANDSCAPE BOTTLE - 1978 - KAMLOOPS SIRES
19" x 13.5" x 4.5" — 48.3 x 34.3 x 11.4 cm.
impressed signature and seal mark
ROBIN HOPPER (1939 - ), R.C.A.
“I feel very Canadian, even though I was born in England. My work is totally Canadian."
- Robin Hopper -
Victoria-based Robin Hopper is an internationally known potter, teacher, author, consultant, arts activist and garden designer.
Robin Hopper was born just prior to the Second World War in 1939, and grew up in London, England. He trained at Croydon College of Art from 1956 to 1961 and emigrated to Canada with his family in 1968. After teaching for two years at Central Technical School in Toronto, he moved to Barrie, Ontario, where he was responsible for starting up and heading the Ceramics and Glass Department at Georgian College. He resigned from his post in 1972 to devote his full energy to his ceramics work. Along with four assistants, Hopper produced a considerable volume of repeat functional production pieces, as well as one-of-a-kind works for exhibition and gallery sales; most of his work at the time was in porcelain, both reduction and oxidation-fired.
Hopper relocated to Vancouver Island, British Columbia in 1977, and set up Chosin Pottery, a studio-business which he runs with his wife, Judy Dyelle. That same year, he was the first recipient of the Saidye Bronfman Award, Canada’s most prestigious annual award in the crafts. He has taught throughout Canada, and in England, USA, Australia, New Zealand, China, Korea, Japan and Israel. His works can also be found in numerous public, corporate and private collections throughout the world.
Hopper is an honorary member of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, and the author of several books, including The Ceramic Spectrum and Functional Pottery, as well as videos. He is also the Founding President Emeritus of the Metchosin International Summer School of Arts, dedicated to bringing internationally acclaimed artists to lead workshops. Hopper lives in Metchosin, BC.
Selected Public and Private Collections
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC
Burlington Art Gallery, Ontario
Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC
Claridge Collection, Montreal, QC
Coburg Art Gallery, Coburg, ON
Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, PEI
Gallery of the New Brunswick Craft School, Fredericton, NB
Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC
Malaspina Gallery, Nanaimo, BC
McMaster Art Gallery, Hamilton, ON
Mount St Vincent University Gallery, Halifax, NS
Memorial University Art Gallery, St. John's, NFL
Museum of Civilization, Hull, QC
Ontario Crafts Council Gallery, Toronto, ON
Peterborough Art Gallery, ON
Swift Current Exhibition Centre, Swift Current, SK
Thunder Bay Art Gallery, ON
University of Victoria, BC
Visual Arts Centre, Montreal, QC
Selected Solo Exhibitions
1998 Transformation, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec
1992 Appalachiana Gallery, Bethesda, Maryland
1991 Museum of San Angelo, San Angelo, Texas
1989 Dade County Community College Gallery, Miami, Florida
1989 Masters of the Crafts, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec
1987 - 1989 Ceramic Explorations: 1957 -1987, Koffler Gallery, 1987: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria,1988; Madrona Centre, Nanaimo, BC 1988; Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba, 1989: Prince George Art Gallery, BC, 1989.
1987 Galerie Alcan, Metiers d'art de Quebec, Quebec
1986 Thomas Gallery, Winnipeg, MN
1984 Out of Hand Gallery, Victoria, BC
1983 The Ceramic Spectrum, Ontario Crafts Council Gallery, Toronto, ON
1981 Explorations within a Classical Theme, Burnaby Art Gallery, BC, and Visual Arts Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Lonsdale Gallery, Lonsdale St. North Vancouver, BC
1980 Rubaiyat Gallery, Calgary
1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, Thomas Gallery, Winnipeg, MN
1979 Galerie House of Ceramics, Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC
1978 Rubaiyat Gallery, Calgary
1977, 1976, 1973 Ontario Crafts Council Gallery, Dundas St.1973, 1976
1975 Galerie House of Ceramics, Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC
Canadian Guild of Crafts (Quebec), Montreal
1974 Canadian Guild of Potters Gallery, Avenue Road
1973 Petteplace Gallery, Hamilton, ON
1970 Canadian Guild of Potters Gallery, Avenue Road
1969 Elliot Lake Centre, Ontario.
1967 Solo Exhibition, Burford, England.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2006 Unique, Exhibition of works by Bronfman Award Recipients in celebration of 30 years, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec.
1998 Transformation: Recipients of the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in the Crafts, 1977-96. Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec,
1989 - 1993 - "Masters of the Crafts/De Main de Maitres" , traveling exhibition to the Canadian Crafts Museum, Vancouver; Burlington Art Gallery, Ontario; National Exhibition Centre, St. John, New Brunswick; National Exhibition Centre, Summerside, P.E.I.; Edmonton Art Gallery, Alberta; and the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba
1985 ‘97 Annual Group Exhibition "FIRED-UP!", Victoria, BC
1984 Poterie Bonsecours, Montreal, Quebec, with Monique Ferron, ceramiste
1982 Lonsdale Gallery, North Vancouver, BC with Sue Hara, potter
1981 Ceramics Canada, Toronto.
1976 Crossroads, Toronto, Ontario.
Craft Collaborative, Toronto.
Down to Earth, Hamilton, Ontario.
Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto
Ontario Crafts Council Gallery, Toronto: with Monique Beauregard, silk painter
National Ceramics, Calgary, Alberta.
1974 Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto - best porcelain Award.
Image '74, Hamilton Art Gallery, Ontario.
Ontario Master Craftsmen, York University Art Gallery, Toronto, ON
1973 Ceramics International '73, Calgary, Alberta.
Ontario Master Craftsmen, York University
1972 Canadian Ceramics '72, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.
Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto.
1971 Ontario Science Centre, Toronto.
1970 Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto.
1969 Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto.
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
2009 National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts - USA
Honors Award – Lifetime Achievement and Services to Education in the Ceramic Arts
1983 Canada Council Project grant to assist in mounting “Ceramic Spectrum Exhibition” at the Ontario Crafts Council Gallery
1982 Canada Council Explorations Grant for work on first book “The Ceramic Spectrum”.
1977 The Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in the Crafts - First recipient.
Pottery Video: Robin Hopper Shows How to Paint on Porcelain Ceramic
Purchased directly from the artist
Department: Decorative Arts