Laurie Rolland

Image: Laurie Rolland RCA, Mitosis Series #2, 12 cm h x 73 cm l x 15cm d, CAD 900

Mitosis means cell division or splitting in two. Duality is expressed in the dichotomic nature of the inside/outside, and the juxtaposition of soft/hard.

Laurie Rolland is a Canadian living in Sechelt/Davis Bay, British Columbia. She graduated with honours from Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design, Mississauga Ontario, in 1978. Laurie has received numerous awards and grants from 1979 to 2005. She has taught and lectured in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia.

She has exhibited constantly in Canada and in the USA, in solo, invitational, and juried shows. Her work was included in the Canadian Department of External Affairs touring exhibition "Old Fields, New Frontiers" which travelled to Australia, Japan, and the USA. She was also included in "Voyage", the Trois Rivieres Juried Travelling Show 2000, "Earthworks", the Gardiner Museum's exhibition of Canadian contemporary ceramics shown at Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany, and the “Sixth Taiwan Golden Ceramics Awards” (2000-2001) in Taipei, Taiwan. She was invited to exhibit in: the "21st Century Ceramics", Columbus, Ohio, 2003; “The Third World Ceramic Biennale”, Korea, 2005; “The 5th Cheongju International Craft Competition”, Korea, 2007; “The 2008 Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramics Award”, Shepparton, Australia.

Her work is in private, corporate, and public collections, including the Canadian High Commisioner’s Residence in London, The Canadian Embassy in Rome and The World Exposition Foundation in Icheon Korea. It has been seen in over 50 different publications since 1978, with reviews and articles about her work in many of these, including the November 2000 issue of Ceramics Monthly and the May/June 2003 issue of Clay Times. It is featured in sixteen books on ceramics, one of which was printed entirely in Chinese.

Laurie was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2004. The RCA recognizes Canadian visual artists who have demonstrated excellence, and honours their achievements.