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Pattie Chalmers

Biography to Display: 


1986 BA University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

1993 BFA University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

2001 MFA University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota


2002-2005 Resident Artist, Harbourfront Arts Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2011 Guest Artist, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2013 Invited Artist, Ohio University Study Abroad at the International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary

2013 McKnight Residency, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota


 2001-2002 Assistant Professor of Ceramics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2005-2006 Visiting Artist, Assistant Professor, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

2006—Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois


Pattie Chalmers is known for creating narrative-based functional pottery, figurative sculpture, and installations. Aside from one-of-a-kind functional pottery, Chalmers groups her work into two categories: 'Tableaux' and 'Collections'.

 Chamber's pottery is created using hand built or wheel throwing techniques. She creates drawings of machinery, animals and figures in various combinations on the surface of her wares. Some pieces include decals of flora and fauna.

 Tableaux works are developed on faux stages which contain figures that typically share common traits. Giving the sense of a crowded curio cabinet, content includes stories from childhood where fairy tales typically collide with television and comic book themes. Personal and cultural connections to both fairy tale and media themes are used to develop the bulk of the narrative in Chalmers' Tableaux series. Sculptures are created using clay and mixed media.

 Chalmers' 'Collections' series reference a 'cabinet of curiosity'. Sculptures are created with clay and mixed media, and often feature the figure and pottery arranged in the style of a still life. Chalmers creates several individual "believable, but fake collectibles" which make up the series. When creating these works, Chalmers envisions how a collector arrange their collection. She examines displays as a misrepresentation of facts (especially of the historical past) and creates intentional plays on facts – with history, with current information, and with her own work as well.


Bibliography to Display: 

Copeland, Colette. “Figuration at the Clay Studio.” Ceramics Art and Perception, no.87 (2012).

Davies, Stacy.“Playing with Fire.” Inland Empire Weekly (February 2011):

Garcia, Edith. Ceramics and the Human Figure. London, UK: A&C Black Publishing, 2012.
Gosh, Archita. “Art of the Deal.” Ceramics Technical, no.87 (2012).

Johnson, Garth. 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse, Remake, Restyle, Recycle, Renew. Beverly, MA: Quarry Books, 2009.

Judson, Ben. “What I Meant to Say.” Emvergeoning (July 2007):

Marquis, Andrea.” HERstory.” Ceramics Monthly 8, no.61 (2013).

“Pattie Chalmers at vTrue Gallery.” VOA: Voices of Art Magazine 15, no.1 (2008).

Sardy, Marin. “Decal-O-Mania.” Santa Fe Reporter (June 2010):

Seckler, Judy. “Clay’s Good Humour.” Ceramics Art and Perception, no.87 (2012).



Typical Marks
Trip to Custer with Chickadees
Date: 2016
Form: Plate
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Luster, Slip, Transfer or Decal Decorated
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
When Searching for El Dorado
Date: ca 2016
NCECA 2016
Photo: TMP
NCECA 2016
Date: ca 2017
Photo: TMP

Citation: Kuratnick, Jeffrey. "The Marks Project." Last modified June 10, 2019.