The 13 students are Christelle
Cuilleret, Amy Drover, Pari Ghaemmaghami, Audrey Lavallée, Shari
Leblanc, Brenda Ludington, Natsuki Matsui, Natanya Nerenberg, David
Oxley, Jesse Purcell, Rubidia Roque, Taylor Streetma and Virginie Villeminot.
Photo by Andrew Dobrowolskyj
by Barbara Black
On the Edge of Our Seats
is the name students gave their striking ceramics installation of 800
little brick chairs and seated figures.
Every year, Francine Potvin gives her second-year Ceramics class the chance
to design their own group project. The emphasis is on collaborative art,
reaching out to the community, or as Potvin says, abandoning the
Modernist lone-artist paradigm.
In other years, her students have worked in clay with mentally challenged
young people, and with the sight-impaired. One year, they made ceramic
pieces and handed them out in the métro, Potvin recalled.
People were a little suspicious at first.
This year, a student suggested working with a fundraising group at the
Montreal Childrens Hospital. Quebecs crumbling health care
system became the focus of the piece.
Wanting to make use of unorthodox ceramic materials, the class approached
a brickyard, and Briqueterie Saint-Laurent was happy to donate 500 unfired
bricks. The bricks were split to make two chairs out of a single brick,
and fired several times in Concordias large gas kilns. Figurines
were modeled out of terra cotta, stoneware, talc and porcelain.
The result is a miniature waiting room, a common sight in our hospitals
After a brief vernissage ceremony on April 3, the students and their supporters
carried 100 of the pieces down René-Lévesque Blvd. to the
Montréal Childrens Hospital, where they will be on display.
In fact, theyll be up for sale, for $30 for a set of two, and the
money will go to the hospital through the Andy Collins for Kids Fund.