Culture Crawl Artist Spotlight: Claire Madill
Crawl Artist and Modo Member Claire Madill
Claire Madill is one of 447 local artists displaying their work at the annual Eastside Culture Crawl. From November 19–22, the 19th annual Crawl will turn East Van into a huge visual arts, design and crafts festival. We’re proud to be a continuing sponsor for this celebration of local talent and are excited to see what the artists have in store for us this year.
At the Crawl since 2007
I graduated from Emily Carr University of Art & Design in 2007 and I have been taking part in the Eastside Culture Crawl in the Mergatroid Building with my own business heyday design ever since! I live on top of a hill and can see my studio in the distance – it is such a nice place to go to work everyday: lots of creative entrepreneurs and the music is played loud.
There are two distinct parts to heyday design: porcelain objects and porcelain jewelry. My porcelain objects are handmade using a technique called slipcasting. I generally make ceramic things that look like other things: baskets, vintage canning jars, disposable containers – all out of porcelain.
My porcelain jewelry is made by hand, using self made molds of patterns I find mainly on vintage glass objects. I use traditional white porcelain and make my own black porcelain. My line of jewelry includes asymmetrical earrings, brooches, cuff links and pendant necklaces.
My Modo experience
I became a Modo member when I moved to Vancouver from Ottawa in 2003 to go to school! Modo was my solution to not having to own a car. I’ve always loved trying new cars – a Hybrid Civic near us was super fun to drive and a Mini was parked behind our apartment in Mount Pleasant for a while. Taking visitors on a tour of Seymour Mountain in a car like that is pretty rad!
Biking, walking and transit are always my first options but sometimes you just need some wheels to haul ceramics to a craft show. Having cars nearby at my studio at the Mergatroid comes very handy for those times there’s too many boxes of ceramics to bungee onto my bike! – Claire Madill