Jack Sures

About the Artist

Jack Sures is a prominent Canadian  ceramicPottery or hollow clay sculpture fired at high temperatures in a kiln or oven to make them harder and stronger. Types include earthenware, porcelain, stoneware, and terra cotta. (Artlex.com)  artist and educator who has had an enormous impact on the local art communities of Regina and Saskatchewan over the past four decades. He has achieved an exemplary artistic career, and his success as a teacher is evident in the many students who have gone on to make their own careers in the arts. Some former students profiled in the ARTSask website include: Jeannie Mah, Lorne Beug, Donovan Chester, Marilyn Levine and Bruce Anderson. He has also served as an advisor for various organizations, including the Canada Council, Banff Centre and the United Nations Handcraft Development Program.

Born in Brandon, Manitoba in 1934, Sures studied at the University of Manitoba and in 1957 received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He specialized in  paintingWorks of art made with paint on a surface. Often the surface, also called a support, is either a tightly stretched piece of canvas or a panel. How the ground (on which paint is applied) is prepared on the support depends greatly on the type of paint to be used. Paintings are usually intended to be placed in frames, and exhibited on walls, but there have been plenty of exceptions. Also, the act of painting, which may involve a wide range of techniques and materials, along with the artist's other concerns which effect the content of a work. (Artlex.com)  and  printmakingA print is a shape or mark made from a block or plate or other object that is covered with wet colour (usually ink) and then pressed onto a flat surface, such as paper or textile. Most prints can be produced over and over again by re-inking the printing block or plate. Printmaking can be done in many ways, including using an engraved block or stone, transfer paper, or a film negative. The making of fine prints is generally included in the graphic arts, while the work of artists whose designs are made to satisfy the needs of more commercial clients are included in graphic design. (Artlex.com)  for his Master of Arts degree from Michigan State University in 1959. It is interesting to note that he took only one class in  ceramicsPottery or hollow clay sculpture fired at high temperatures in a kiln or oven to make them harder and stronger. Types include earthenware, porcelain, stoneware, and terra cotta. (Artlex.com)  during his formal education.

Following graduation he travelled to London where he further developed his ceramic skills while working at Chelsea Pottery and at a factory that made ceramic cats. Learning by doing, he became a self-taught ceramic artist. He learned even more by traveling throughout Europe and the Middle East, adding to his understanding of world pottery traditions.

Jack Sures returned to Canada in 1962 and established a pottery studio in Winnipeg. In 1965 he repeated this task when he accepted a position to set up the  ceramicsPottery or hollow clay sculpture fired at high temperatures in a kiln or oven to make them harder and stronger. Types include earthenware, porcelain, stoneware, and terra cotta. (Artlex.com)  and printmaking programs at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus. Sures became Chair of the Department of Visual Arts in 1969, and following his stint as Department Head returned to the ceramics department until his retirement in 1998. His remarkable career has garnered him recognition and awards including Canada Council grants to work and study in Japan (1966) and France (1972), and awards for outstanding teaching and research. In 1991 he received the Order of Canada, followed by the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2003.


How I Got Started in Ceramics
Japanese Influence and the Organic Nature of Clay
Making Good Art
Regina a Global Centre for Clay
Teaching and Awards
Canadian Heritage University of Regina Mackenzie Art Gallery Mendel Art Gallery Sask Learning