Evelin Richter

Ev outside of her Winnipeg Beach studio, June 2008.

Evelin was born in Bremen, Germany in 1956, immigrating to Canada at age two. She was raised bilingually and schooled in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Though she considers herself a “student of life,” Ev’s post-secondary education includes a two-year diploma course in business administration and a three-year major in Ceramics at the School of Art, University of Manitoba. An avid bookworm, organic gardener, nature lover and “beach bum,” Ev has two daughters, three grandsons, and two granddaughters.

Ev began working with clay in 1990 (following a diverse career, primarily in the customer service sector). In fall of 2006, Ev spent four weeks as a guest artist in ceramics at the Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia (an opportunity that offered valuable exchange and experimentation in diverse studio methods and materials). Upon returning to Canada, she founded “What? Clay Art & Curios” as a sole proprietorship to further develop and market her creative works… as a full-time ceramic artist she now works from her home-based studio in Winnipeg Beach.

Ev works primarily in hand-built clay and thrown stoneware (low-fired ceramics in an electric kiln as well as pieces wood-fired to 12∆) and multi-medium assemblage. The scale of her pieces ranges from delicate wearable jewelry to larger sculptural installations—lately, her focus has been on enigmatic sculptures (as well as continued work with idiosyncratic vessels, box-forms featuring unexpected textural treatments, and distinctively tactile art objects). Her creations are in various private collections, she (happily) fulfills commissions, and her works are available through select galleries.

Inspired by “the vagaries of nature and the human condition,” Evelin’s characteristic ceramic style is typified by an engagingly tactile “sense of play” and an expressive “exploration of the curious.

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