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BORGSTROM, Mary

Born
Saskatchewan, 1916
Biography synopsis
During the 1960s, while living in the rural community of Provost (Alberta), Mary Borgstrom, a self-taught artist, was introduced to pottery. She became interested in primitive pottery through her taste for local arlike and early techniques, such as digging her own clay, that she discovered through trial and error. In 1966, she participated in a pottery workshop in Edmonton that she described as revelatory of primitive techniques. Beginning in 1969 she showed her work continuously in group and solo shows in Canada and the United States, and by the 1970s, she had won national recognition for her work. In 1971 she exhibited at the Canadian Guild of Handicrafts in Montreal. Of the twenty-five pieces she showed at the Guild, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts acquired three. In 1976 she was invited to participate in the Arts and Culture programme at the Olympic Games in Montreal. As well as in Canadian collections, Borgstrom's work is in collections in Japan and England. Mary Borgstrom continued to work at her ceramics practice into her nineties.
Media used
Ceramics
Pottery
File & Archive locations
Calgary Public Library, AB - Arts Department
University of Calgary Library, AB
Alberta Culture and Community Spirit - Arts Branch
Edmonton Art Gallery, AB - Library
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Writings about
Alberta Art: Works from the Alberta Art Foundation. Edmonton: Alberta Art Foundation, 1975.
"Mary Borgstrom Pottery at the Canadian Guild of Crafts, 2025 Peel St., to Nov. 13." Montreal Star 27 Oct. 1971: 53.
"Mary Borgstrom's Art Chosen for Display in Japan." Provost News 10 Jan. 1979.
"Vermilion Pottery GuildOopens the Doors to its new Location." Vermillon Standard 2010
http://www.vermilionstandard.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2623959.
Curiosity Incorporated. Mary Borgstrom - Potter 20 Feb. 2019
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGXFhhpaTc4.
Fletcher, Elva. "Passion for Pottery." The Country Guide (Winnipeg) Mar. 1973: 48-49.
Lewenstein, Eileen and Emmanuel Cooper. New Ceramics. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1974.
Society for Art Publications. Arts Canada. Toronto: 28 (1971): 84.
Society for Art Publications. Arts Canada. Toronto: 33 (1976): 87.
Townshend, Nancy. A History of Art in Alberta, 1905-1970. Calgary, Alberta: Bayeux, 2005.

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