Remembering Robert Archambeau

Robert Archambeau

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the outstanding Canadian ceramicist, Robert Archambeau.

Archambeau worked and taught with clay for over 60 years. His ceramics varied in form and scale, incorporating a complex palette of colours, textures, and glazes. He is best known for his wood-fired stoneware vessels, inspired by Japanese ceramic techniques and philosophy with elements inspired by the Canadian Shield and Prairie landscapes. His work has been exhibited internationally and is held in major public and private collections around the world. He was Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Manitoba, where he taught for 23 years and was awarded the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2003.

In 2018, WAG-Qaumajuq Director & CEO, Dr. Stephen Borys organized an exhibition at the WAG looking back at Archambeau’s studio practice. “Through shape, colour, and surface, one bowl or vase leads to another, and we are left with something more, something greater than just one expression, one visit. In a diversity of types and styles, there is a remarkable unity and harmony in the artist’s oeuvre.”

His legacy of studio excellence, academic prowess, and profound mentorship will forever be remembered. We celebrate, honour, and thank Robert for his many gifts as an artist and teacher.

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