Jack Sures: The Constant Vesselist

By Julia Krueger

The 2018 Saidye Bronfman Award winner, Jack Sures, although associated with Saskatchewan, Sures was born in Brandon and spent his early years in Melita and Winnipeg, Manitoba. He studied painting and printmaking at the University of Manitoba under George Swinton, where he also took his first ceramics class. He received a Masters of Fine Arts degree in 1959 from Michigan State University and eventually moved to Regina, Saskatchewan in 1965 where he established the ceramics program at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina campus (now University of Regina). Since the mid-1960s, Sures’ practice has been at the forefront of Canadian ceramics and craft theory. His influence and achievements can be seen by way of what Mark Frauenfelder has called Alpha Maker status, through his longstanding involvement with the Regina clay scene at the University of Regina, and his conceptual engagement with the vessel. For six decades, his creative process has cyclically evolved, developed and matured.

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