archival projects

archival projects

In anticipation of CCBC’s 50th anniversary, the Council is making a concerted effort to catalogue and digitize its own archives, as well as collaborate with community groups to bring their records to light.

CCBC is currently developing an archival website to document these collections and allow them to be fully accessible to the public. By publishing these open-access digital archives CCBC hopes to conserve physical holdings, increase knowledge of craft in British Columbia, and open our local histories to the world.

Learn about the three archival projects currently underway below…

Craft Contacts

Craft Contacts was a newsletter started in 1970 in an effort to connect the craft community in British Columbia and eventually develop a provincial craft association; it is the beginning of craftspeople across the province organizing into what would eventually become the Craft Council of British Columbia. Printed from 1970-2009, the newsletter tracks the development of contemporary craft in BC.

These newsletters have been digitized and catalogued over the course of summer 2021 by student and archivist Sarah Gibbon, and will be made available for viewing and download on our forthcoming archival website.

Learn more by reading Sarah’s blog posts:

craft contacts 3: auntie vice

Summer student and archivist Sarah Gibbon takes yet another trip into CCBC the archive. Sarah introduces a peculiar character that pops up repeatedly in our historical newsletters. Auntie Vice was an advice yielding conservator and an avid supporter of Warhol’s spicy Torso series. Read on to learn more about Craft Contacts and our dear Auntie Vice.

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craft contacts 2

Summer student and archivist Sarah Gibbon takes another trip into CCBC the archive, this time all the way back to the summer of 72′ for a very special edition of the CCBC’s newsletter, Craft Contacts.

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New Leaf Editions

New Leaf Editions is a printing company Granville Island owned by Master Printer Peter Braune, and has produced work for some of Canada’s most highly acclaimed contemporary artists. Prints of work by artists such as Rebecca Belmore, Bill Reid, and Robert Bateman (to name a few) have accumulated at the studio for over 3 decades, amassing to a vast collection spanning a variety of subjects, styles, and artists.

CCBC hired summer student Jane Schiedel in 2021 to begin archiving this incredible collection. Images of the prints with their associated information will be available on our forthcoming archival website.

Learn more by reading Jane’s blog posts:

a rant about signatures

Over the course of summer 2021, CCBC hired a student to archive hundreds of prints that have accumulated over three decades at New Leaf Editions. Through the raffling of prints, summer student Jane Schiedel came to recognize a serious issue. 

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printing for the people: new leaf editions

Granville Island’s very own Peter Braune sits down with Craft Council summer student Jane Schiedel to delve deep into his love of printing and the legacy of New Leaf Editions established in 1985 by the Master Printer and good friend of the CCBC. 

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BC Ceramic Marks Registry

In 2005, while preparing for the Potters Guild of BC’s 50th anniversary, Debra Sloan began to collect BC ceramic marks. Over the years, Sloan has collected hundreds of mark images alongside artist biographies for makers whose work spans from the 1920’s into the present day. CCBC has provided essential support for the creation of a BC Ceramic Marks Registry (BCCMR) alongside Sloan, and is now working towards making this invaluable information public.

Starting in the summer of 2021, CCBC hired student Tatiana Povoroznyuk to create a digital platform for BCCMR and work with Debra Sloan to sort through decades of research. Researcher and collector Allan Collier joined the project in 2021 as well, finding additional marks and editing biographical information.

pots that transform?

Archival summer student Tatiana Povoroznyuk reflects on the historic relationship between 60s and 70s counterculture and ceramics in BC, asking why these histories should be preserved and what a “pot that transforms” means in 2021.

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