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LAUBENTAL, Sibyl Budde

Halle, Germany, 1918
Edmonton, Alberta, 1961
Biography synopsis
Laubental and her husband, architect Charles Launbental, immigrated to Edmonton in the spring of 1952. Before arriving in Canada, Laubental had apprenticed for two years in an Italian workshop and spent six years working alongside skilled German potter, Jan Bontjes van Beek. In 1952, she taught at the Edmonton Potters Guild and later at the Banff School of Fine Arts, as well as the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Alberta Extension Program (1955-1960). Many St. Albert artists that honed their craft under Laubental's tutelage are still active members of the St. Albert Potters Guild. She was recognized for moving the development of handicrafts to modernism at the same time retaining simplicity and natural imagery. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, and Europe.
Media used
File & Archive locations
Alberta Culture and Community Spirit - Arts Branch
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Alberta Foundation for the Arts, AB
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
University of Manitoba - Architecture and Fine Arts Library
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Archives
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives

Writings about
Canadian Art 12-13 (1954): 191
Ainslie, Patricia and Mary-Beth LaViolette. Alberta Art and Artists: An Overview Toronto: Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2007
Eckhardt, Ferdinand. Sybil Laubental: Potteryl Edmonton: Art Gallery of Alberta, 1962
LaViolette, Mary-Beth. Alberta Mistresses of the Modern, 1935-1975. Edmonton: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2012
Lindoe, Luke. "The Early Years, an interview with Luke Lindoe by H. M. Kiyooka" 15-16 Studio Ceramics in Alberta 1947-1952 Edmonton: Alberta Art Foundation, 1981
McKaskell, Robert, Paikowsky, Sandra and Collier, Allan. Achieving the Modern : Canadian Abstract Painting and Design in the 1950s. Winnipeg: The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1993
Townshend, Nancy. A History of Art in Alberta, 1905-1970 Calgary, Alberta: Bayeux, 2005

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