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Paul Mathieu

Paul Mathieu has been a student of ceramics since 1972, in Montreal, Calgary, Stoke-on-Trent in England, and San Francisco and Los Angeles, where he received a Master of Fine Art  from UCLA in 1987. He has taught ceramics since 1976 in Montreal at the college and university levels, but also in Mexico and in Paris. Since 1996, he has been teaching in Vancouver in the Faculty of Visual and Material Culture at the Emily Carr University. He has exhibited work worldwide. 


Humanity distinguishes itself from other life forms in its ability to think. Thinking is the fundamental activity of humankind. Thinking also implies consciousness, which implies love, which implies hate. Sequences lead to polarities and between polarities lies chaos.
The differences between art and craft are seemingly obvious to anyone and everyone. Usually, the differences are stated semantically in terms of meaning and definition, or politically in terms of value, status and hierarchies. Rarely are the differences stated in conceptual terms.
If space is common to all art forms, it is also the different ways they deal with space that set them apart from one another.
Gallo-Roman Pottery 1-3 A.C.E.
The relationships between ceramics and text, pottery and words, are very old and very new.
Detail of the Park Guell mosaics by Antoni Gaudi and Josep Maria Jujol i Gilbert, built 1900-1914.
The art of ceramics has given culture two very important tools. The first, obviously, is pottery . . . that other tool is the brick, and by extension the tile, and both are necessary building blocks of architecture.