Enzien Kufeld January 13 2014

Enzien Kufeld Artist Statement 

My artistic thoughts, trying to translate it into words…


In my lifetime I cannot possibly accomplish everything that is in my head. I never wish to for that would mean my creativity has stopped.  Being an artist is not a choice for me it is who I am, clay is one release.


I prefer to work in repetition and while the intent may be the same, such as a cup, I do not try to make them the same.  I throw on a kick wheel primarily with porcelain and push the limits of clay and form. I work intuitively, enjoy instinctive forms and organic surfaces, and make my work an intimate reflection of my state of mind.  And though some believe it has all been done before I strive to make unique work with innovative forms, typically not very round.


Wood-fire is my firing passion.  To me the firing should be as creative as the making of the pot.  Wood-firing allows me to play an active role in creating the surface on my work.  I respect its intensity and its harshness, and delight in the presence of mind required while firing; it is simultaneously exhilarating and exhausting. I love the infinite possibilities in wood-firing and delight in its unpredictability, yet truthful reflection of what really occurred captured on the work’s surface.


Imagery is the continuation of my creative process and use current technology as one creative tool.

I use photographs, digital drawings, paintings and decals.  Reacting to each piece I create a collage of imagery which flows from the unique form and wood-fire surface underneath.


I indulge in constant experimentation, always searching, hoping never to become stagnant.

Enzien's CV

Juried & Invitational Exhibitions

Vasefinder- Invitational, Juried Exhibition                                               2009,10,11

27th GoldCoastInternationalCeramicArtAward-Gold Coast City, QLD, Australia           2010

1st Annual Lillstreet International– Juried exhibition, Lillstreet Art  CenterChicago IL        2008, 2009

AFA juried traveling exhibition – juried from the APA Cone Box Show, AB       2008-10

Alberta Potters’ Association Cone Box Show – juried exhibition, Cultural Centre Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB  2008 

Affinity: Alberta Ceramics - Invitational juried exhibition in conjunction with Invisible/Visible Symposium, The CODA conference.

Illingworth Kerr Galley, AlbertaCollege of Art and Design (ACAD), CalgaryAB                                                        2007

Distill – ‘the distill cup’- Juried exhibition, distill gallery, Toronto ON                                                                     2007

By the Ounce - Juried exhibition, NCECA 2007, LouisvilleKY                                                                               2007

In Series – Juried traveling exhibition, The Alberta Craft Council, EdmontonAB                                                     2006

First Fire - Two-man juried exhibition, The Alberta Craft Council, EdmontonAB                                                      2004

Clay Creates Culture - APA Juried exhibition, Juror: John Chalke, VAAA Gallery, EdmontonAB                             2004

Flashes of Greatness - Guest Curator & Invited exhibitor, The Alberta Craft Council, EdmontonAB            2003

2002 International Orton Cone Box Show - Juried traveling exhibition,BakerUniversityBaldwin CityKS              2002-04

The APA Member Exhibit - Invitational exhibit, The Aesthetics of Skill Int’l Ceramics Conference - Red Deer College, AB            2002

First Showing - Invitational group exhibition, Full Moon Gallery, Bragg Creek AB                                                    2002

New Works - Two-man show, Muse Gallery, Grande Prairie AB                                                                             2002

Culture in the Making - Juried exhibition, Devonian Gardens in Calgary AB                                                           2002

Traverse - Juried exhibition, Avens Gallery, Canmore AB                                                                          2001

The Alberta Potters’ Assoc. Board Member Exhibit – Invitational, The Alberta Craft Council, EdmontonAB         1999



Nominee, Linda Stanier & Family Memorial Award- Nominated by John Chalke and Barbara Tipton                                              2008

Invited Artist in Residence- Invited by Jack Troy, Juniata College, Huntingdon PA                             2003,04

Bobbi Hoffman Scholarship –                                                                                                                         2003

$15, 000 Project Grant to build the Cat-Coffin wood-fire kiln -awarded by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts         2002


iPotter- Juried, Invitational ibook of contemporary ceramic artists                                                                                                   Mid 2014

Art Unplugged- Edmonton Journal, Calgary Harold, Montreal Gazette, Vancover Sun, Canada.com            2011

Ceramics ReviewU.K. - invited showing of work in gallery page                                                                  2008,2009

500 best of Ceramic-Larks books, juried                                                                                                2012

500 Vases- Larks books, Juried                                                                                                                          2010

500 plates, platters & chargers - Larks books, juried                                                                                         2008

The Woodies of Wildwood, The Log Book issue 21                                                                                           2005

500 cups - Larks books, juried                                                                                                                           2004

Flame Throwers - Legacy Magazine                                                                                                                  2003

Canadian Artists find beauty in life through love of Pottery - Daily news, Huntingdon, PA                                 2003

Flashes of Greatness – wood fired pottery from around the province -The Alberta Craft Magazine                    2003

Feature: Urban Forest Design Studio – Christian Barr & Enzien Kufeld - The Alberta Craft Magazine                2002

Wood-fire Ceramic Artists enjoy enriched quality of life - Daily news in Grande Prairie, AB                               2002


Professional Experience

Urban Forest Design Studio – owner/artist                                                                                            Present–1998

In Touch – Editor for the Alberta Potters’ Association newsletter                                                                   2006–2003

Artist in Residence & Technician for Ceramics, JuniataCollege Huntingdon PA - Invited by Jack Troy                 2004,03

Curator “Clay Creates Culture” Juried exhibition for the Alberta Potters’ Association - Juror: John Chalke                  2004

Instructor for “Wild Fire” the Alberta Potters’ Association Wood-fire Symposium                                              2000,03,00

Assistant, Wood/salt firing for the students at Red Deer College, AB                                                                        2001

Senior Architectural Designer for Excel Design Group Ltd. of Edmonton, Alberta                                      2000–1991


Sat as Vice President of the Alberta Potters’ Association, a non- profit organization promoting Ceramics in Alberta,

and was also a board member of BICWA (Bishogama International Ceramics Workshop Alberta Association).


Educational Background


Architectural Technology Diploma - Northern AlbertaInstitute of Technology                                                      1991

Bachelor of Commerce Degree - University of Alberta                                                                                       1988


Ceramics & Wood-fire

The Aesthetics of Skill International Ceramics Conference - Red Deer, AB                                                      2002

Wood-fired Stoneware & Porcelain workshop instructor Jack Troy                                                            2002, 00

Prairie Fire SaskTerra wood-fire workshop instructor Jeff Stewart                                                               2001, 99

APA Wood-fire workshop instructor Ryan Cameron, Brian McArthur                                                              2000, 99

Intermediate Throwing class instructor Naburo Kubo                                                                                         1998

Fireworks Wood-fire workshop & Int’l Ceramic Conference instructor Fred Olsen, University of Alberta  1998