About the Book
Nishapur, Istanbul, Al Mina, Timbouctou, Ban Chiang, Tiwanaco, Songdo, Samarkand, each ancient ceramic culture has contributed distinctive elements of design to special cups made for offering and celebration.
Documented in Imbibe are 108 wood-fired drinking vessels, which illuminate archetypes of sacred iconography and form in ceramic history. This world family of cups is unified by the thread of a shared visual language, and the numeral 108 is spiritually significant.
Created throughout one year by artist Pamela Nagley Stevenson, this body of work is an interpretation of eight thousand years of ceramic cultures, referencing ancient cups from sixty-four counties and 108 archaeological sites.
Fired together on a summer solstice, in a large two-chamber catenary arch wood-fired soda-kiln built by the artist, this project is a culmination of four decades of work as potter in a rural mountain valley of British Columbia.
This book complements the gallery exhibition of IMBIBE: Vessels of Illumination—a ceramic celebration of global unity.
Pamela Nagley Stevenson has continued to create wheel thrown porcelain vessels and sculpture in the mountainous Slocan Valley since 1976. She chooses to wood fire her work and the resulting enrichment of surfaces marked by flame and atmosphere has become a vital aspect of her ceramic aesthetic. In addition to her studio practice, she worked as an instructor of ceramic history and clay studio at Kootenay School of the Arts at Selkirk College from 1993-2013. The scope of her career has continued to expand through travel and research of various world ceramic traditions. Her work has been exhibited at the Gallery of BC Ceramics and the Canadian Craft Museum in Vancouver, the Whyte Museum in Banff Alberta, and numerous public galleries of BC, and her studio is open by appointment.