Craft Awards

Heidi McKenzie
Tuckers Pottery Supplies Inc Clay supply grant

Heidi McKenzie is a Toronto-based ceramic artist. She apprenticed under Mansimran Singh (Leach student) in India in 2009, and Mitsuo Shoji in Australia in 2017. She completed her MFA at OCADU in 2014. Heidi's work has been shown internationally in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Indonesia, Hungary, Italy, Romania and the United States. 

Her studio practice engages issues of identity and belonging. Through abstract portraiture, she captures self, an individual, or a culture. She began incorporating photographic imagery on clay in 2014 to viscerally depict the fragmentation of body, and moved on to explore image as archive. Her work is informed by the everyday lived experience of her mixed heritage. In the 19th century, Heidi's ancestors travelled from Ireland to Canada and India to the Caribbean in hopes of a better life. In the 1950s,her parents married at a time when interracial marriages were illegal in several American states and extremely uncommon in both Canada and the U.S. She grew up on the East coast of Canada, on of a handful of brown faces in a sea of white, at the corners of “Canadianness.” Holding space and making place for people of color matters. Telling her family’s stories matter.


Building Blocks
Stoneware, Iron-oxide Ceramic Decals, Slab-built
Each "block"'s largest dimension is 29cm, each cube is 14cm x 14cm x14cm, Installation variable, 2019

Building Blocks
Stoneware, Iron-oxide Ceramic Decals, Slab-built, Installation variable, Each piece 14cm shortest dimension/diameter, 2019

Building Blocks Detail
Stoneware, Iron-oxide Ceramic Decals, Slab-built, 14cm x 14cm x 14cm each, 2018

House of Cards
Porcelain ceramic substrate, Ceramic decal, Adhesive, 64cm H x 40cm W x 12cm D, 2019

House of Cards Detail
Porcelain ceramic substrate, Ceramic decal, 11.4cm x 16.5cm x 0.06cm, 2019

Porcelain, slip-cast, Iron-oxide decals, Acrylic, Oxidation fired, 21 " "cubes" - 15cm x 15cm each, 2016

Postmarked Detail
Porcelain, ceramic decal, Acrylic paint, Slipcast, 15cm x 15cm x 15cm each, 2016

Moving Forward
Porcelain, ceramic decal, Slipcast, Oxidation fired, 7 "cubes" - 11cm x 11cm x 11cm each, 2016

Body Interrupted
Earthenware, Glaze, Raku clay and crackle glaze, Ceramic decal, Aircraft cable, 150cm H x 25cm W x 4cm D each, 2016

Body Interrupted Detail
Earthenware, Glaze, Ceramic decal, 22cm x 25cm x 0.75cm, 2016

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