Full of Beans and History: The Medalta Bean Pot

Bean Pot

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Article by Judy Donnelly

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istorians have observed that pottery is one of humankind’s oldest manifestations of graphic design. Strong, beautiful, often simple lines and shapes, painted and carved onto pots of all types, have for thousands of years told stories, denoted tribal allegiances and religious beliefs, and communicated ideas, transforming useful vessels into beautiful objects, often with a …

shelf life

Large Crown Jar

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Article by Michael J. Prokopow

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ondering the changing relationship between art and commerce, Andy Warhol, the onetime window-dresser turned artist, filmmaker, society fixture and rapacious yet discerning collector, offered the insightful opinion that one day in the not too distant future, “all museums will be department stores and all department stores will be museums.” Typical of Warhol’s cynical …

history and art

Best Before

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Article by John Fleming and Marian Bradshaw

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n a world of commodification, history and art become commercial products subject to the extremes of the marketplace- a lock of Napoleon’s hair, a fragment of Nelson’s uniform up for auction, the funerary detritus of ancient tombs on display for the price of admission as a Sunday afternoon entertainment.…

New Artists At The Alberta College Of Art + Design

Bowl, Maggie Finlayson

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or the second in our series of articles on the national schools of art and design across Canada, the editors of Ornamentvm asked a number of students from ACAD to speak about their work: why they were interested in particular materials, how they found and formulated their ideas, questions of concept and design, techniques of fabrication and finally, …

Harvest Ring

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Article by John Harbinson
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ne of the more interesting aspects of collecting historical artifacts is contemplating their history and the people who may have been associated with them. This large circular flask or harvest ring, as it is sometimes called, is an intriguing example that invites the viewer to turn back the clock. On one face the maker …