Jack Sures (b. 1934). Canadian ceramist making wheel-thrown, vessel-based work as well as hand-built sculpture. Sures graduated with a BFA in painting and printmaking at the University of Manitoba in 1957 and earned an MA in ceramics at Michigan State University in 1959. From 1960-61 he worked in London, Britain, learning mold making, slip casting and production wheel-throwing. He established a studio in Winnipeg in 1962. Three years later he established the ceramics department at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus (now the University of Regina), where he served as Chairman of the Department of Visual Arts from 1969-71 and became Professor Emeritus in 1998.
In 1965 and 1972 Sures was the recipient of two Canada Council grants to study in Japan and France respectively. In 1973-74 he was involved in a United Nations Handcraft Development Program in Granada, West Indies. In 1989 he was awarded the Grand Prize in Mino, Japan. He received the Order of Canada in 1991 and was recognized by the Province of Saskatchewan for ‘contributions to Canada and the Province’ in 1992. Sures worked on various commissions, including murals for the Provincial Office Building in Saskatoon and the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa.
“My love of clay as an expressive material, with its innate ability to create any and all other materials, its ability to reinvent itself every time it is touched, has endowed my life with a richness and completeness that few people seem to achieve in their lifetimes. My hope is that this richness and completeness is reflected in the work and this spirit is transferred to the viewer.” (See Artist’s Statement)