CANADIAN STUDIO POTTERY – ZIGFRIDS JURSEVSKIS

CANADIAN STUDIO POTTERY SERIES
– ZIGFRIDS JURSEVSKIS

When you first look at the small hand made pot below, you get the impression that it has an Eastern European design and maker. Then, you look at the base and see “Canada” inscribed. The reason is that this is the work of Zigfrids Jursevskis, a very talented painter/sculptor who lived in Latvia.

After the turmoil of World War 2, Zigfrids and his wife, Lilja, (also a talented painter/ sculptor), came to Canada to work for the Quebec Art Pottery (1947-1951) which was located in St. Agathe. Zigfrids stayed an agreed to one year and then, formed his own pottery in Ste. Agatha-des–Monts.

A majority of his work is decorated with traditional Latvian designs. The piece pictured shows his sgraffito technique of scratching a design into the semi- dried clay. You can see his mark which is an incised overlapping Z J.

In 1957, Zigfrids and Lilja divorced. Lila went on to form her own pottery in Val David, Quebec called Treimane Pottery.

Zigfrids relocated to Toronto and opened Zigfrids Art Pottery where he taught pottery and sculptor.

More coming up about the Treimane Pottery.