All About Chris

Biography

Head shot of Chris SneddenBealart is where he fell in love with clay. Chris went on to study at Georgian College in Barrie and has since worked in almost every facet of the pottery business, from building electric kilns, teaching courses and workshops across the province, and producing gift ware and ceramic artwork for the international market. Chris has also completed a number of private commissions for everything from liturgical pieces to commemorative plaques and recognition awards.

Currently, Chris is Director of Artistic Programming at the London Clay Art Centre, as well as a Ceramics Professor at Lambton College in Sarnia, Ontario and serves as Vice President for FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association. His work continues to be shown at festivals and galleries across Ontario and he continues to teach, give workshops, and develop his award winning work.

Summary of Achievements [click to view]

  • Planning, directing and managing numerous designated projects for colleges and associations.
  • Ensured that all objectives were accomplished within outlined priorities for projects and classes.
  • Preparing, organizing and executing workshops, classes and events for colleges and associations.
  • Analyzed results of project operations to discover/create ways to utilize resources
  • Coordinating the successful simultaneous development of several projects
  • Delegating responsibilities to volunteers, designing time-lines and schedules
  • Preparing monthly project status reports for boards, colleges and associations.

Employment [click to view]

Teacher & Presenter

Taught beginners, intermediate, and advanced pottery techniques and functional design,including glaze technology and mould making. Conducted workshops in Raku, Throwing, Mould making, Production and Industrial Techniques, Decorative Techniques, Functional Design, and Display and Sales.

Classes & Workshops

SARNIA
Lambton College – Professor of Ceramics

LONDON
The London Association for Disabled Adults, Hutton House
– designed moulds/block and case, produced and finished several lines of slip cast stoneware.
Fanshawe Continuing Education
University of Western Ontario Artifex Studio
London Potters Guild – studio technicians
Stratford Clay Supply – manufactured and repaired electric kilns

CHATHAM
St. Clair College and Thames Cultural Centre – summer week long intensive workshop in Raku and Alternative Surfaces

WATERLOO
John Bergen Studios – produced slip cast ware
Dundee Pottery – numerous classes on slip decoration, printing on clay, raku, etc.

CHATHAM, SARNIA, BRAMPTON, SIMCOE, AURORA, PETERBOUROUGH, OTTAWA, BAI D’URFE, Q.C., LONDON and HAMILTON – presentations and workshops on slip decoration, slip transfers, and printing on clay.

Business Owner

Operator of Chris Snedden Pottery Studio. Thirty year ongoing history of producing original, functional, decorative pottery and sculpture. Pottery has been sold as retail, wholesale, consignment, and commission through gift shops, galleries, exhibitions and at studio.

Shows and Exhibitions [click to view]

AYLMER
Pinecroft Pottery – “60th Anniversary Pottery Fair,” 2008-2009

WOODSTOCK
Woodstock Public Art Gallery – “Unearthed,” 2008 – 2009 2008 Best of Show London

LONDON
London Potters Guild’s Spring and Fall Shows, 1989-2014
St. Paul’s Cathedral – “Artfocus” – 4 Painters and a Potter, 2005-2008
The London Artist’s Studio Tour – 2006-2014
Christmas Show – The Art Exchange
“The Enchanted Art Show” – Elsie Perrin Williams Estate, 2004-2007
“Solid Fire” – London Potters Guild Biennial Exhibition, The Arts Project (2004 Honorable Mention)
London Potters Guild Biennial Exhibition – St. Thomas Public Art Gallery (1999 Best Non-functional)
London Potters Guild Biennial Exhibition, “The Spirit Within”, 1999
Home County Folk Festival
Hamilton Festival “Pottery Sale”
Studio Shows – Chris Snedden Pottery, 1995 – 2011
“Everything Old is New Again” – London Potters Guild Biennial Exhibition  (2014 Best in Show)

TORONTO
Ontario Crafts Council Biennial 2013
Fusion Fireworks 2011 (Ontario Crafts Council Design Award)
Arta Gallery, Distillery District – “Original Vision” , 2007-2008
Fusion’s Pottery and Glass Sale – CBC Buildings, CNIB, Wychwood Barns 2007-2014
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Signatures Art and Craft Sale

CHATHAM
Artspace – “Process = Product”
Thames Art Gallery – “Powerplay”

Education and Professional Membership [click to view]

Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology (Barrie, Ontario), Material Arts – Ceramics and Glass Diploma – 2nd year scholarship, Alumni Award for Academic Achievement and Contribution to Student Life

H.B. Beal S.S. (London, Ontario), Bealart Program, 1982-84 – BealArt Purchase Prize Award

Sir Frederick Banting S.S. (London, Ontario) – Honors Graduation Diploma

London Potters Guild (London, Ontario) – Director of Artistic Programming – current, Past President – 2 terms, Artisian London Representative for LPG, Workshop Chair – 2 terms

Sarnia-Lambton Pottery Guild member (Sarnia, Ontario)

Lawrence House Centre for the Arts Member (Sarnia, Ontario)

FUSION (Toronto, Ontario) – Vice President, Director of Education and Programming – Organized the Annual Conference and Winter Workshop from 2012-Present

FUSION member “Artist of the Month” October 2007 -Co-Chair 1997 Conference Committee -Ontario Crafts Council member

Media Acknowledgements [click to view]

The Potters Cast – Episode 26: http://thepotterscast.com/Episode26/

YouTube – Video of the process Chris uses to create his work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx9Vh-LG5dE

Rogers Cable “Inside the Venue” – one of several feature interviews about the work of the London Potters Guild and the London Clay Art Centre. 2013

London Free Press
– August 22nd, 2008
– April 10, 2007
– January 28, 2002
– June 8, 1998
– June 3, 1995

Artscape magazine – Issue 2, March 2006

Lifestyle magazine – July/August 2006