“The creative process, if it’s creative, is evolutionary...Hopefully I’ve learned some things along the road. But I think also, part of my process; I’ve always wanted to do my own thing. As an artist, I’ve wanted to be truly creative in doing things that I felt best expressed me. Not expressed ideas of our culture or other people’s ideas.”
– from Jack Sures 2018 GGArts video profile
Through a career spanning six decades, Jack Sures has shaped ceramics in Canada – both through his creativity, innovation and mastery of the craft, and through his influence on countless students. Early in his career, he established a ceramic studio in Winnipeg where he became inventor, teacher, and artist, and built (with colleague Ron Burke) Manitoba’s first gas kiln. He established a ceramics program at the Regina Campus of the University of Saskatchewan (now University of Regina) where he worked for 33 years, earned numerous teaching awards, and continues to contribute as a visiting artist.
A recipient of the Order of Canada and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, his work, which includes fine art and public monument, has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, and is included in several collections across the country. His major commissions include ceramic pieces for Secretary of State Canada, a ceramic mural for the Provincial Office Building, Saskatoon, a terrazzo floor for the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre, Regina, and a mural for the Canadian Museum of History, Ottawa.
Jack Sures was born in Brandon, Manitoba, and is currently based in Regina.
Jack Sures, What do you do with a pot, 1988, underglaze pencil black slip porcelain, 59.8 cm diameter x 13 cm high. MacKenzie Art Gallery collection. Photo: Don Hall
Jack Sures, Near Al's Place, 1975, earthenware clay, acryllic oil enamel paint, 52.2 x 52.2 x 15.5 cm. MacKenzie Art Gallery collection. Photo: Don Hall