Ceramic form Stele 1988
A large Walter Dexter raku ceramic sculpture entitled Stele, dated 1/6/88.
Formerly in the collection of the Fairmont Corporation.
Excellent, as produced.
Walter Dexter is a Canadian potter born in Calgary, Alberta, graduating from the Alberta College of Art in 1954 with a Diploma in Ceramics.
Walter Dexter won a scholarship to study at the Swedish School of Art in Stockholm.
Walter Dexter is recognized by the ceramics community as a pioneer in Raku, an educator and also a writer. Known primarily for his innovative work with raku techniques and high-quality stoneware, Walter Dexter has run his own studio since 1972.
He has exhibited across Canada and had a major one-man show at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in 1994. He has also exhibited internationally in Belgium, Czechoslovakia, England, Finland, Italy, Japan and the United States. Walter Dexter's ceramics are featured in the permanent collections of the Claridge Collection, Montreal; the Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa; the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull; the Confederation Art Gallery and Museum, Charlottetown; and the University of Calgary.
In 1962, Walter Dexter was awarded a silver medal at the International Ceramics Exhibition in Prague, and the following year received the outstanding Stoneware Award at the Canadian Ceramics Biennial.
A respected instructor, Walter Dexter was head of the ceramics department at the Kootenay School of the Art in Nelson B.C. Canada from 1968-1974.
He also taught at the Vancouver Community College; the Emily Carr College of Art; and the University of Saskatoon.
Walter Dexter continues to teach each summer at the University of Victoria.
In 1993, Walter Dexter completed a major public commission in British Columbia, when he created a raku Donors Wall for the Saanich Penninsula Municipal Hospital in Victoria BC.
Dedicated to the Canadian craft community, Walter Dexter has held a variety of executive positions. In 1978, he was the President of the Craftsmen’s Association of British Columbia and a Director of the Canadian Crafts Council. He has also served as President and Vice-President of Ceramists Canada.
Most of Walter Dexter's output consists of vessels and forms decorated with dancing figures, a motif inspired from working with Paul Soldner.
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