My work is an inquiry into the ceramic process and the relational aspects of utilitarian objects. Utility is the vehicle that allows for deeper engagement with my work; one that promotes not just visual and intellectual engagement, but physical interaction so that the work can become a conduit for a social circumstance or experience. I make objects that are accessible and have the ability to perform in many contexts; in the kitchen, at the table, on the wall and in the gallery setting. My work is created with the intention for it to go on to have a life of its own, one beyond my influence.
Robin’s education in the field of ceramics has been wide-ranging and includes educational training from four institutions, in three different countries. With a completed BFA from Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, AB, Canada, Robin also has studied at Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, BC, Canada, the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia and has recently completed his MFA graduate degree at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, USA.
Robin’s professional development experience also includes a three year apprenticeship with a studio potter, several research and work studies in Canada, the USA, Australia and Korea, and artist in residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Red Deer College and the Medalta International Artist in Residency program. Robin was the 2011-2012 Rawlinson Visiting Artist at the Alberta College of Art & Design and visiting faculty with the School of Art at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, MB for the 2012-2013 academic year.
(Please note: We have a constantly changing selection of Robin's pieces in the gallery. Pieces shown are a sampling of Robin DuPont's work)