CANADIAN STUDIO POTTERY - LILJA JURSEVSKIS - The TREIMANE POTTERY

CANADIAN STUDIO POTTERY - LILJA JURSEVSKIS - The TREIMANE POTTERY

 

As discussed in a previous article, Lilja and her husband, Zigfrids, came to Canada in the post World War 2 era. They created their work at the Quebec Art Pottery. Then departed at different times to form their own potteries.

After their divorce in 1957, Lilja started the Treimane Pottery in Val-David, Quebec. The name “Treimane” was Lilja’s mother’s maiden name. One of their sons, John, was a trained potter and worked in Val-David.

The early work was an extension of the Ste-Agathe style of traditional Latvian designs which mimicked Latvian textile designs. The caramel and rust sgraffito pattern in the first picture is typical.

Lilja later produced designs that had figures with Latvian dress.

As a pottery, they produced many utilitarian items. Being situated in Val-David, they were able to tap into the tourism trade of the Laurentians.

The mug appears to be later and is coated inside and on the outer lip with a glaze while leaving the remainder of the outside in the rich natural clay.

The pottery carried on until just after Lilja’s death in 1990.

 

A majority of pieces that I have seen are marked with a scratched in “ Treimane” or “Treimane Pottery”.

 

For more detailed information on the Jursevskis, check out: Gloria Lesser, Concordia University, Material Cultural Review.