BIOGRAPHY

BOB KINGSMILL BIOGRAPHY

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1941, Bob Kingsmill moved with his family to Winnipeg, Manitoba where he began making ceramic objects in 1961 under the tutelage of Muriel Guest. In 1967 he opened his first studio in the Okanagan Mission of Kelowna , British Columbia.

There he became known for his production of stoneware and raku-fired pieces, and his masks and wall murals which were instantly popular. He helped Okanagan potters gain recognition in their community by instigating in 1968 the Mission Hall Sale, which continues today. In the 1970's he set up a studio on Bowen Island, near Vancouver, and there published his first book, A Catalogue of B.C. Potters. In 1979 Bob opened Kingsmill Studio Pottery on Granville Island in Vancouver which he continues to maintain while making his home and keeping a studio in the Okanagan Valley, in Coldstream, near Vernon.

Teaching for the Emily Carr College of Art and Design Outreach Program, Bob has travelled extensively through the province of British Columbia, and encouraged many people to engage in creative process with clay. As a member of the faculties of Capilano College, North Vancouver, and of Malaspina College, Nanaimo, Bob has taught courses in production and in architectural ceramics. He currently gives workshops on request.

Bob produces an extravagant variety of stoneware and raku-fired pieces. His masks are widely collected. His wall murals hang in homes and public buildings in many countries: teaching college in Japan, the Vancouver Childrens' Hospital, St. Andrew's Theological College at the University of British Columbia, a professor's retreat in Cambridge, England, two public buildings in Victoria, the Community Arts Theatre, Kelowna, and private collections in Canada, the United States, Germany and Switzerland are but a few of the places they are appreciated. 

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