Award-winning Kathy Terepoki is a Chilliwack-based ceramic artist interested in unconventional processes and crossing the boundaries between different art and artistic practices. His work is strongly original and reflective of his natural environment. His Chilliwack River Clay series, for example, was harvested from local rivers with shovels and buckets, and his current projects include making tiles from wild clay. “Local clay research has opened up opportunities for community engagement and allowed this ceramicist to create meaningful work and, in turn, contribute to the culture of the place he calls home,” says BCAF.
Artists and designers honored by the Carter Wask Award in Applied Art + Design create work that has a practical or functional application, such as furniture, textiles, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, glass, fashion, and industrial design. Nominated artists have the opportunity to share their work with a wider audience and invite critical reflection and feedback.
“These artworks and designs demonstrate a new energy within BC’s creative economy,” BC Achievement Foundation chair Ann Giardini said in the statement. “The Carter Wask Award in Applied Art + Design celebrates and honors BC’s creators for ensuring that beauty and functionality are part of our everyday lives. It’s always our pleasure at BC Achievement to recognize new ways to marry art and function with ingenuity and imagination.”
Awardees were selected by an independent jury whose members included Renee McDonald, Westerly Handmade Shoes (2015 recipient); Claudia Schulz, Claudia Schulz Hats & Accessories (2018 recipient); and Henry Norris, New Format Studio (2018 recipient). Toby Barratt, Propeller Design (2010 recipient) and Ron Kong, Craft Advocate, served as jury advisors.
This year’s celebration of the Carter Wask Award for Applied Art + Design recipients includes two short films showcasing the awardees’ artistic achievements, which will premiere at an awards ceremony next month.
BC Achievement is presenting a combined exhibition showcasing the 2022 award recipients for both the Carter Wask Award in Applied Art + Design and the Fulmer Award in First Nations Art from November 14 to November 18 at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
The Carter Wask Award in Applied Art + Design is named in honor of BC philanthropist, academic and visionary Yosef Wask; and Sam Carter, BC educator, designer and curator. BC Achievement credits the Yosef Wask Family Foundation for establishing the program. Community partners include BC Ferries, Crafted Vancouver, Denbigh Fine Art Services and The Roundhouse.
The BC Achievement Foundation has more information.