Jeannie Mah

About the Artist

Jeannie Mah grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan and although she has travelled extensively and lived and worked in a variety of locations she has lived in Regina for the past sixteen years.  Mah attended the University of Regina and graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor of Education degree and again in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  In 1979 she received an Advanced Diploma in Ceramics from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Of prime concern in Mah’s  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)  work is the vessel. She has spent many years researching and crafting the “perfect shape“. In her many travels, she has seen and admired some extraordinary works which have influenced her practice, for example, the Kamares ware cups from Crete and the Sevres ware teacups from France. Sevres ware was designed for and used by Louis XIV. The delicacy,  shapeAn element of art, it is an enclosed space defined and determined by other art elements such as line, colour, value, and texture. In painting and drawing, shapes may take on the appearance of a solid three-dimensional object even though they are limited to two dimensions — length and width. This two-dimensional character of shape distinguishes it from form, which has depth as well as length and width. Examples of shapes include: circle, oval, and oblong; polygons such as triangle, square, rectangle, rhombus, trapezium, trapezoid, pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, octagon, nonagon, decagon, undecagon, dodecagon, etc.; and such other kinds of shapes as amorphous, biomorphous, and concretion. (Artlex.com)  and the decoration of these artistic influences are apparent in Mah’s vessels. Her works are incredibly fragile and are more decorative than practical.

Throughout her career as an artist, Mah has referenced the cup and has often included historical images, landscapes and self portraits on her delicate works. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and is included in a number of prominent collections.


Artists Who Have Influenced Her
Identity, Place and Assimilation
On Becoming an Artist
Regina as Marienbad: Memory + Resemblance
The Fragility of Her Work
Canadian Heritage University of Regina Mackenzie Art Gallery Mendel Art Gallery Sask Learning