debra sloan

debra sloan




Debra Sloan is an internationally exhibited artist who began her career in 1973 as a self-taught ceramicist, eventually going on to receive her BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2004. She has been a clay sculpture instructor for over two decades at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and at the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts. She has served and adjudicated for the CCBC and Circle Craft Boards and for the Filbert, Sunshine Art Gallery and the Sydney Art Exhibition.

Debra draws upon imagery of women, babies or various animals, to represent the interconnectivity between the human and natural worlds. Over time, her figures have transformed into what she refers to as “proto-human”. Her works are situated within metaphorical constructs, outside of time, space and how they are normally encountered.

artist statement

Self-taught 1973- 79, attended VAS 1979-1982, and ECUAD- for my BFA in 2004. I taught clay sculpture 1991 2013 at Shadbolt Centre and at MISSA. I have served and adjudicated for the CCBC, Circle Craft, PGBC, NWCF Boards and for the Filbert, Sunshine Art Gallery and the Sydney Art Exhibition. I have presented at the Malspina, Canadian Clay, and Master’s, symposiums, at the 9th Cluj symposium, Romania, and the Leach Pottery. My work is represented in 6 LARK 500 Publications. I exhibit internationally.

Awarded the Circle Craft Scholarship and BC Arts Council Visual Arts for residency – International Ceramic Studio, Hungary 2010, returning in 2013.  In 2014 – I was awarded a FUSION Scholarship – residency at the Leach Pottery. I had a solo exhibition at the Gallery of BC Ceramics, and was represented at SOFA in Chicago. In 2015 work was represented at UNICUM Exhibition, Slovenia.