Elaine Brewer-White has been a clay sculptor for over 40 years. She was raised in Calgary, attending University of Calgary, and joined Loose Moose Theatre Company, learning a life-altering skills of improv. Upon moved to B.C. she graduated from Emily Carr College of Art and Design with a major in ceramics. Elaine commenced her career in figurative sculpture, creating work for public and commercial galleries where pieces have found their way into corporate and private collections worldwide. Elaine incorporates social comment and humor into all her work. Reoccurring themes of reflection, irony and joyful abandon are expressed through texture, movement and color. She often works with iconic figures in history and pop culture, applying the ‘what if’ question to create points of view. Part of her studio time is dedicated to commissioned portrait sculpture. From a single person to entire families and their animals, these unique portrait pieces tell the story and celebrates her subjects. A recent public commission features two outdoor portrait murals of owners of the first general store on a building in the heart of her town, Fort Langley. She has never found the need to cast her work into bronze, preferring the humble intimacy of clay, as it serves her method of turning creative play into works of art. In the last 12 years Elaine has expanded her practice to include smaller creations such as her WallWorks series and also functional work, bringing her love of story and color to more intimate creations. Elaine is also a wife, a mom and – a new grandma!! She’s also a constant servant a dog and two studio cats. When time allows, she teach workshops across Western Canada, and as well as from her studio in beautiful in Fort Langley. Above all else, Elaine believes in promoting the soul affirming benefits of humor and a creative life!
Hand-building with terracotta, from sculpture to functional work. Pieces are created, then dried and painted with underglazes and stains, bisque fired, and then black stained and overglazed for a second firing.