Friday, March 19, 2010

Pottery Marks of Prince Edward Island - Little Orchard Studios - Ron Arvidson

Little Orchard Studios, opened in South Melville, PEI in the late 1970's with the work of a husband and wife team - potter, Ron Arvidson and Anne, a jeweler, established their business on their home property, where they had already established a young orchard.

Ron trained at the University of Saskatchewan, in Regina which had emerged as a major centre for the ceramic arts, and upon graduation advanced his studio pottery techniques within the Norman-Crimmins partnership studio in Keswick-Ridge NB, now known as Crimmins Studio.

Hired by Holland College School of Visual Arts in Charlottetown in the mid 1970's he influenced a generation of potters through his involvement as pottery instructor. The school closed in the 1990's but Ron continues to teach evening courses through a local pottery co-op, and is an active PEI naturalist.

An article on Ron's background as a potter and artist is contained within the Provincial Art Bank website.

Ronald Arvidson of South Melville, Prince Edward Island received a Teaching certificate and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Regina. He has received also the Andromeda Scholarship from the Banff School of Fine Art and has attended numerous workshops in art, pottery, graphic design and computer.

Arvidson has taught pottery, painting and drawing for more than 25 years, and has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions across Canada.

He has works in numerous public and private collections including the Confederation Centre Gallery, Charlottetown PEI and a Sundial installed on the clock tower of Charlottetown City Hall.

Artist Statement:
My development in clay has been through training, production, teaching and creating one-of -a-kind work of both a functional and sculptural nature. I endeavor to keep moving forward and have my work grow whether it be through repetition or one-off work.

His work is signed "Arvidson PEI."

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