If you grew up in Alberta, you may be familiar with the iconic Medalta Pottery crocks, thick handled mugs, mixing bowls and other everyday kitchen staples. For many Albertans, these handmade ceramic pieces are closely tied to memories in their family kitchen, bread rising in a big bowl on the weekend, pickles brining in a Medalta stamped crock, or a mug of hot coffee.
Last year, we had the opportunity to connect with the incredible people who have revived the tradition of Medalta pottery at the historic museum, contemporary ceramic arts facility, art gallery and community hub in Medicine Hat Alberta. Learning more about the century old tradition of clay in Alberta and how it informed and was shaped by families who settled here, spoke to our roots.
From now until Christmas, we are very excited to be featuring a selection of Medalta pottery at our Crave Kensington Holiday Pop Up Shop! Each piece has been handmade using the same methods Medalta has been using for generations. We are especially excited about the ¼ Crocks made and signed by Basil Leismeister, who was an expert jiggerman (jigging is the process used to make the crocks) and passed the craft on to many others at Medalta.
The Medalta Museum is an excellent day trip from Calgary and offers a historic and behind the scenes look into the ceramic arts facility.