Adopt an Object: Shaman’s Journey

27 Jan
John Kurok Shaman's Journey 1 edited

This ceramic work “Shaman’s Journey” by John Kurok is part of the MIA’s new Adopt an Object fundraising initiative.

As part of  the MIA’s new fundraising initiative ‘Adopt an Object’, we’ll be highlighting a featured item from our Permanent Collection that staff have chosen to represent some of  the unique pieces we display in the museum. For more information on the program itself and what it means to be a donor, you can check out our past blog post.

Today, we’re highlighting a staff favourite – John Kurok’s “Shaman’s Journey”

Artist: John Kurok (b. 1977)
Location: Kangirqliniq (Rankin Inlet)
Date: 2005
Medium: Ceramic
Dimensions (H x W x D): 11” x 12” x 12”
Collection: MIA Collection

Significance: The modern period of ceramic production was revived with the opening of Matchbox Studio in 1987 after an initial government-run experiment closed several years earlier. Shaman’s Journey, a hand-built rather than a wheel-made piece, is a superb example of fine art ceramics being produced in the community with its vessel form and sculptural appliqués. John Kurok is known for depicting intricate and lifelike faces and birds in his artwork, which are evident in this beautifully executed piece. John is instrumental in teaching other artists about how to use clay and is currently responsible for the firing of all ceramics at Matchbox Studio.

Adoption Rate: $200

To adopt this piece, contact our curator Alysa at aprocida [at] miamuseum [dot] ca.

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Posted by Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Visitor Services Officer

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