Walter Ostrom, Platter with Magic Circle, 2010, Jingdezhen porcelain/The Matter Factory, 31 cm x 3.5 cm. Collection: Artist. Photo: Garry Woodcock
Walter Ostrom

"What you see is not what you get."

Walter Ostrom

A major force in the world of contemporary ceramics, Walter Ostrom is Professor Emeritus of the Ceramics department at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax. He is also Honorary Professor of ceramics at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China.

Ostrom is regarded internationally as a technical and academic expert in low-fire maiolica production, an ancient ceramic technique that he has personally tailored through innovations and decorative methods to reflect the geography of the places he has lived, be it Canada or China.

In the span of his nearly 40-year career, Ostrom has investigated many aspects of ceramics in his work, from experiments in high conceptualism in the 1970s to his current focus on the exploration of the vast history, hybridization and social foundation of ceramics. Ostrom’s work has been exhibited throughout Canada, and in Europe, China, Australia and the United States.

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Selected works