Magdolene finds inspiration in the long history of figurative sculpture as it has explored the nature of humanity. These fragmented figures are made of unfired clay, which points to concepts of transience and mortality.
Established by colleagues and peers in recognition of Bruce’s long-standing commitment to the field of ceramics, this award recognizes a mid-career professional ceramicist.
Bruce was born in Vancouver and moved to Montreal at the age of ten. There he was introduced to ceramics at John Abbott College and was encouraged by his first instructor, Julia Manitius, to continue his education at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, where he studied with Walter Ostrom. From 1976-78, he attended the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, where he received his M.F.A. He has taught ceramics at Sheridan College in Ontario from 1978-2010, and continues to conduct workshops and exhibit on an international level. His work is in the collection of such notable institutions as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto and the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa. Bruce’s home and studio are located in Mississauga, Ontario.
“After 30 years of working in clay, utility continues to serve as the foundation for my ideas. The pots I make, no matter how simple or complex, are meant to be experienced on a physical and contemplative level. The way an object carries, lifts, cradles, pours and contains are properties which I strive to make engaging for the user, offering more than just convenience.”
In 2004 Bruce was honoured by the Ontario Crafts Council with the John Mather Award for his outstanding contribution to craft in Ontario. Throughout his career Bruce has remained devoted to his practice and the development of Canadian craft through teaching, exhibitions and publications.
The Craft Awards program is able to take place on an annual basis through the valued support of many generous donors and sponsors. Our thanks go to the following organizations, businesses and individuals: the Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee, The Pottery Supply House, Tuckers Pottery Supplies Ltd., FUSION: the Ontario Clay and Glass Association, Lacy West Supplies. Ltd., as well as members and friends of the Mather, Farndale, Copeland, Walker, Gregor, Yung, McPherson, Cochrane, and Diamond Butts families.Images: Bruce Cochrane in the studio. Side middle: Bruce Cochrane, Lidded Form #10, 2016, wood-fired stoneware, 14 1/4 X 9 X 6 1/4 in.