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Saskatchewan, 1916
Biography synopsis
During the 60s 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 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. In the 70s, she won national recognition for her work. she exhibited in Alberta, as well as the Canadian Guild of Handicrafts in Montreal in 1971. Of the 25 peices she showed at the Guild, the Museum of Fine Arts Montreal selected three to be acquired. Mary Borgstrom continues to work into her 90s.
Media used
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

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.
"Vermilion Pottery GuildOopens the Doors to its new Location." Vermillon Standard 2010
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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