Over the past thirty years, my thrown work has evolved to an organic quality, inspired by the forms of seedpods and buds. I enjoy the energy of new growth, the unfolding, and the promise of new life. Most of my work is soda-glazed stoneware and some pieces are burnished and sawdust-fired.
In the past ten years, I have pursued a direction in large-scale public art projects. “Rising Tide”, a 350 sq. ft. relief ceramic tile mural and “Octopus’s Garden”, a 33 ft. long relief tile bench, were two Richmond projects completed between 1999 and 2003.
I have also enjoyed the opportunity in the last few years to work with community groups in the fabrication of public art for city spaces. These projects include:
Convergence” a 300 sq. ft. mosaic tile pathway, installed in June of 2004 in the Whalley area. This project will be reinstalled at Chuck Bailey Youth Park in the Spring of 2011.
“Friendship Gate” was fabricated in North Vancouver for the Lower Lonsdale Community Garden in 2005.
The “Newton Mosaic Project”, sponsored by the City of Surrey, completed in June of 2006. This project involved community from the four facilities of the Newton Wave Pool, Arena, Seniors Centre and Youth Centre and produced approximately 200 square feet of glass and ceramic tile mosaics for the building exteriors.
The Kwomais Project, a City of Surrey commission, is now underway and will be installed in the summer of 2011. This will be a 50 sq. ft. in-ground ceramic tile mosaic.
I am interested in engaging with the community and feel strongly that the process of community art is an exciting and effective means of community building. It enhances public spaces while promoting a feeling of belonging and ownership in the participants. In culturally diverse communities, residents come together to work collaboratively and they find a familiarity develops, resulting in the breaking down of barriers. When civil society resources are used in this and similar ways, the result can be a kindling of global citizenship. Feeling engaged locally thus contributes ultimately to global peace and understanding.
My studio practice as well as all the public and community public art works can be viewed at www.connieglover.com.
Listing last confirmed: Oct. 17, 2011