Oh Canadiana

Highlights of the Canadian Design Resource

By David Balzer
April 18, 2006
Ceramic buffalo. Image courtesy of the Canadian Design Resource.

“For me, ceramics are one of the most interesting threads in Canadian design,” says Falkowsky. “We had a very potent industry that at one time was truly groundbreaking. Arguably by the ’80s, under Mulroney and Free Trade, it had effectively evaporated, and if you look at books on Canadian design, it’s still pretty much neglected.”

“A lot of this work is written off as kitschy or ugly,” adds Erdmann, pointing to Collingwood, Ont.’s Blue Mountain Pottery Company, which sold thousands of vases, pitchers and tchotchkes, like this buffalo, throughout the ’60s and ’70s. Blue Mountain Pottery’s popularity, combined with its commitment to natural-toned glazes and iconically regional sculptures, makes it a shoo-in for the Can-design canon, though its repugnance to certain tastemakers means there’s much of it to be had at your local Salvation Army or Value Village.

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