Valerie Metcalfe earned her BFA (honours) degree from the University of Manitoba in 1974. In 1978 she helped found the Stoneware Gallery and the Stoneware Studio, two Manitoba Artists’ Co-operatives that both teach and market ceramics.
Valerie’s work is refined, wheel-thrown porcelain, high-fired in a reduction atmosphere. She specializes in large, carved “landscape” platters, accented with metal and glass inserts. Her large vases and more functional ware are often delicately painted with a leafy design and embellished with gold lustre.
Valerie’s pieces have been exhibited and sold across Canada and the United States and are held in public and private collections around the world. In 1994 Valerie was elected into the Royal Canadian Academy of Art, the oldest visual arts organization in Canada and one dedicated to the recognition and promotion of excellence in Canadian art.