Jason Holley

Lintel, 2013
Raku-fired ceramic

Jason Holley is a ceramic artist who lives and works in Newfoundland. In 2012, Holley was nominated for the prestigious RBC Emerging Artist Award hosted by the Gardiner Museum, Canada’s only museum devoted exclusively to ceramic art. His chainmail ceramic sculptures were exhibited in the gallery at the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax and The Rooms in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He was awarded The People’s Choice Award at The Artist Project, 2012 in Toronto.

This work by Jason Holley is playful and challenges our perception of physical weight. The carefully fired ceramic chain links are painted to resemble rusty metal chains. Once you get close to the work, you start to notice that all is not what it seems. There is a lightness of form, the links do not have the visual weight you would expect if they were in fact metal.