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    I am eager and curious about the world of craft and fine art. I am passionate about learning and always choose to be in a community where the creative process is explored and ideas are exchanged.  I follow the joy involved in the labor of creation.    

I am a full time professional artist who works in clay.  In the 15 years since I was introduced to clay, I have apprenticed, graduated and received funding to create one of a kind pieces and developed production lines. I studied with Isabella St John, potter of 45 years and my aunt, at Blue Moon Pottery before attending the Textiles Studies program at The College of the North Atlantic. Then at The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University I majored in Ceramics with a minor in Art History. Grants offer an opportunity to focus solely on my career as an artist. My job as a production potter develops my technical skill which supports my artistic practice. I am an active member in the art and craft community and make work based on wildlife and folklore in Newfoundland.

This past year I have been working in porcelain decorated with typeset to make every day functional pots hosting Newfoundland sayings. Stemming from a residency on Fogo Island (2014) with Tilting Recreation and Cultural Society where I was surrounded by heavy Irish accents and history. After reading Tilting by Robert Mellin, I was in awe of the drive to preserve and restore Tilting.  Tracing roots back 400 years to the first Irish to arrive in Newfoundland, this struck a chord. The language caught my attention and I started transferring the words I heard onto clay, setting language in stone. 


Erin Callahan St. John

A sunny day in the studio at Quidi Vidi Village Plantation in St. John's, Newfoundland. Photo Credit Knoah Bender

A sunny day in the studio at Quidi Vidi Village Plantation in St. John's, Newfoundland. Photo Credit Knoah Bender

EDUCATION

2011: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University,  (NSCADU) Halifax, NS .
Bachelor of Fine Arts; Major in Ceramics Minor in Art History

2008: College of the North Atlantic, (CNA) St. John’s, NL  
Diploma in Textile Studies

EXPERIENCE

2017: One of a Kind Show, Toronto, ON.
2016: Quidi Vidi Village Plantation Incubator Space, Studio, Saucy Pots Pottery, St. John's, NL.
2015: ArtsSmarts Holy Trinity Elementary School, making clay tiles with clay tiles with grade fours, NL
2015: Absolute Art Holy Trinity Elementary School, grade 1, 2, and 3 art projects in plasticine and watercolor, NL
2014: Residency with TRACS Tilting, Fogo Island, 3 weeks in clay, Fogo Island, NL
2014: Teaching Sgraffito workshop, Clay Studio Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador , St. John's, NL.
2010: Ceramics Christmas Show and Sale, Organizer, NSCADU, Port Campus, Halifax, NS
2010: Glaze Room Monitor, Restock Material & Mix Glazes for Ceramic classes. Ceramic Department, NSCADU, Halifax, NS
2009 - 2010: Ceramic Clay Mixer for Ceramics Department NSCADU, Halifax, NS
2001 - 2008: Production Pottery Assistant, Blue Moon Pottery, St. John’s, NL
2006 - 2007: Arts Smarts, assisting Isabella St. John, providing art education in school, Holy Trinity Elementary School, NL
2006: Instructor Clay Camp, Week long workshop for Children 5-12, Craft Council Clay Studio, (CCNL)St. John’s, NL
2005: Teaching art classes for the opening week of The Rooms, Provincial Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, NL
2005: Gallery Assistant for the gallery of the CCNL, St. John's, NL
2005: Life Model, Weekly drawing class, Group of 77, Arts and Culture Center of Newfoundland and Labrador, NL

EXHIBITIONS


2018: Show Yourself Some Love, Quidi Vidi Village Plantation, Group show, St. John's, NL
2014: LEGACY New Work; Two Generations Craft council of Newfoundland and Labrador, with Isabella St John, St. John's, NL
2013: 24 Hour Art Marathon Auction, Eastern Edge, St. John's, NL
2012: Shake and the Fatman, with Jessica Smith, On Top/Above, St. John's NL.
2012: Solo show, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, NS
2012: NSCADU Annual Grad show and Catalog, Anna Leonowens, Halifax, NS.
2011:  Recent Speculations, Port Campus, NSCADU, Halifax, NS
2010:  Feast of Pottery, Geo Center, St. John’s, NL
2009 - 2010: Annual Ceramics Christmas Show, NSCADU, Halifax, NS
2009 - 2010: Ceramics Spring Exhibition NSCADU, Halifax, NS
2008: Atlantic Crafts Trade Show, World Trade Convention Center, Halifax, NS
2008: Arts and Letters, Winner in annual Senior Division, displayed in The Rooms, NL
2008: Graduation Fashion Show and Exhibition, CNA, St. John’s, NL
2007: Christmas Craft Fair, CCNL, St. John's, NL
2007: Christmas Tea and Sale, Anna Templeton Center, St. John’s, NL
2007: What’s Upstairs, CCNL, St. John's, NL
2006 - 2005:  24 Hour Annual Art Marathon, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s, NL
2005: Studio Ceramics of Newfoundland and Labrador, CCNL, St. John's, NL

WORKSHOPS

2017: Christopher Reid Flock, Ceramics, St. John's, NL.
2017: Heather Smit, Ceramics, St. John's, NL.                                                                                                                                                                     2017: Walter Ostrom & Jordan McDonald, Ceramics, Lunenburg, NS.                                                                                                                               2013:  Sylvia Carrier, Slab built ceramics, Northaven, ME.
2013:  Fox Island Print Shop, Silkscreen, Northaven, ME. 
2013:  Jason Holley, Claymaille, Bonavista, NL.
2012:  Doug Bamford, Ram press molds, NSCADU, Halifax, NS
2012:  Micheal Flaherty, Terra sigulatta & underglaze, CCNL Clay Studio, St. John's, NL
2011:  Sun Koo Yuh, Ceramics sculpture, NSCADU, Halifax,NS
2005:  Sarah Minty, Felting, CNA, St. John’s, NL
2005:  Susan Furneaux, Doll Making, CNA, St. John’s, NL
2005:  Anita Singh, Book Making, CNA,St. John’s, NL
2005:  Gerald Squires, Life Drawing, Life Long Learning, Memorial University, NL
2005:  Gerald Squires, Portrait Painting Life Long Learning, Memorial University, NL
2005:  Weekly Life Drawing Group, Group of 77, St. John’s, NL
2004:  Jack Sures, Ceramics, CCNL, St. John's, NL
2004:  Julia Picard, Watercolor, CNA, St. John’s, NL

VOLUNTEER

2013: 24 Hour Art Marathon, Eastern Edge, St. John's, NL
2013: 37th Annual Folk Festival, St. John's, NL
2012: Local Food Supper, ARCafe, Vinalhaven, ME
2011: Organizer of Hungry Bowls, Ceramics Department fundraiser, NSCADU, Halifax, NS
2011: 24 Hour Art Marathon, Artist, Fire Performer, St. John's ,NL
2010: Organizer of Ceramics Christmas Show NSCADU, Port Campus, Halifax, NS
2009 - 2010: Exhibition set up, Annual Ceramics Christmas Show, NSCADU, Halifax, NS
2009 - 2010: Exhibition set up, Ceramics Spring Exhibition, NSCADU, Halifax, NS
2007: 24 Hour Art Marathon, Artist, Ceramic Sculpture, St. John's, NL
2008: 24 Hour Art Marathon ,Artist, Pottery, throw with your toe, St. John's, NL
2006 - 2007: Annual Christmas Tea and Sale, Craft fair & Café, Anna Templeton Center, NL
2006 - 2007: Annual Fashion Show, CNA, Anna Templeton Center, St. John’s, NL
2006: Pit Firing, Clay Studio, CCNL, Middlecove beach, NL
2005: Exhibition Set up, Studio Ceramics of Newfoundland and Labrador, CCNL, St. John's, NL