|Peter Powning was awarded the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Craft 2007. Congratulations Peter.|
Peter Powning has made his living as a potter and a sculptor since moving to New Brunswick in 1970. He is known in Canada and internationally for his distinctive work. In October 2006, Peter was awarded the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Crafts in Canada.
His sculpture in clay, glass, and bronze has gained international recognition and awards. He received New Brunswicks highest honour in the arts, an Excellence Award (the 1991 Deichmann Award for excellence in craft), a bronze award at the Second International Ceramics Competition in Mino, Japan out of a field of seventeen hundred entries from fifty-two countries.
A traveling solo exhibition of his work Peter Powning: Elemental Clay and Glass toured Canada for two years. Some recent exhibitions include: Solo exhibition at the Sandra Ainsley Gallery in Toronto in 2006 and 2003, SOFA Chicago 2003, Studio 21 Halifax 1998 and 2002, PrixStrathbutler Award Travelling Exhibition, in 2000-2003 with Habatat Galleries and the International Glass Exhibition in the Boca Raton Gallery in Florida in 2003. His work has been included in exhibitions in London, England, Japan, Taiwan, Norway and in the USA (Washington DC., Boston, Chicago, NYC, San Francisco, Boca Raton, Philadelphia and Great Barrington).
His work has been purchased for the following museums collections: Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, The New Brunswick Museum, The Royal Bank Collection, The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery and The Canadian Museum of Civilization Collection.
Peter enjoys finding the unexpected emerge in his work. Of his inspiration he says, So far, my best solution to the quest for balance and clarity is to keep trying - not give up even though conditions seem to be constantly evolving and shifting. Mistakes mean growth, at least I dearly hope so. Seeking balance between disparate demands can be maddening, but being in the grip of the creative act is what I love most and what makes the struggle worthwhile. Peter continues to live in rural New Brunswick with his wife Beth, a noted writer and photographer.