Graduating from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2002, Mindy Andrews (Calgary, AB) has been working professionally as a ceramic artist ever since. She has exhibited in numerous shows nationally and internationally, and recently, received the prestigious Award of Achievement from the Alberta Craft Council in 2010.
"My playground growing up was the idyllic setting of North-western Ontario, Canada, situated on 98 acres surrounded by crown land. I believed that the trees would speak to me through their rustling leaves, and I would sing back to them. Many days were spent dreaming in my magical world. I continue to love the smell, texture and light created by a magnificent forest. For over 20 years I have lived in or near the Canadian Rockies, with its majestic mountains, carpeted by endless forests."
Nature has always been a direct influence on Mindy's ceramic work and she employs porcelain clay to create the beautiful light and depth inspired by that nature. Trees or flowers are painted on the vessels using a variety of slips and underglazes; sometimes she will carve the trees to suggest the texture of bark. The resulting pieces are sometimes functional, while others are sculptural - but all reveal her lifelong connection with nature.
ACC Exhibitions: Mugs & Jugs (2003), Brew-haha (2007), Coming Up Next (2007), Making Alberta Home (2007), CLAY 2010, The 2010 Recipients (2011), In the Red (2011), Tails from a Rejuvenated Forest (2013), Potworks (2013), Continuum (2014), Language of Craft (2015)