Mel Doiron lives and works in her home city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She graduated from NSCAD University in 2018 with a major in Ceramics. Throughout her time at NSCAD and beyond Mel has worn many hats working as a studio assistant, clay mixer, pottery instructor, ceramic intern, and gallery assistant. She has been fortunate to attended residencies at The Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY, Medalta Potteries in Medicine Hat, AB, and work as a studio assistant to Joan Bruneau at Nova Terra Cotta. All of these experiences have helped shape her practice and how she works with and thinks about clay.
Clay is a fascinating material. When exposed to air it becomes dry, fragile, and brittle. With water it dissolves into mud. When subject to intense heat it becomes hard as stone, and the shards can last forever. My fascination with this material and the contradicting characteristics it can embody inspires the project that I will undertake during this residency.
The CraftLair will be transformed into an exhibition space with an ever changing work-in-progress. A water dripping mechanism suspended from the ceiling will drip water onto pots and slowly wash away their unfired clay surface. The display will be changed and rearranged over the course of a month, with pots being added, moved, and taken away. I will experiment with different configurations, playing with ways in which water can be used to alter the surface. Once a piece is deemed complete it will be fired, marking and end to this ephemeral stage and making it permanent.
We respectfully acknowledge that The Mary E. Black Gallery and the Centre For Craft Nova Scotia is situated in Mi’kma’ki, which is the unceded traditional ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people.
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