Laurie Rolland, RCA


Laurie Rolland is a Canadian living in Sechelt/Davis Bay, British Columbia. She graduated with honours from Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design, Mississauga Ontario, in 1978.

Laurie has received numerous awards and grants from 1979 to 2008; including a 1999 Canada Council Crafts Creation/Production Project "B" Grant to research materials and techniques for her series of boat forms. Canada Council Travel Grants have assisted with travel to Ontario, the United States, Korea and Australia. She has been a presenter at Ceramic Symposia in British Columbia, Ontario and Australia and has taught and given workshops across Canada.

Her work has been included in travelling exhibitions within Canada as well as the US, Japan, and Australia, also including the Gardiner Museum’s Invitational Earthworks Exhibition in Germany. It has been selected for inclusion in Juried International Exhibitions in Taiwan, Australia, the US (winning a purchase award) and four times in Korea.

Her work is in corporate and private collections; it is on permanent display in the Canadian High Commissioner’s Residence in London England, and The Canadian Embassy in Rome Italy. Some public collections include the World Ceramic Exposition Korea, the Organizing Committee of Cheongju International Craft Biennale, the Burlington Art Centre, the Canadian Clay and Glass Museum, and the Ontario Potters Association.

Laurie Rolland has functioned as a juror for various potters' guilds in Ontario and BC, and also for the Ontario Arts Council for their "Grants to Individual Craftsmen" and "Artists In The Schools" grants and as co-juror for the Winnifred Shantz Award in 2006. Her work has been seen in over 50 different publications since 1978, with reviews and articles about her work in many of these, including the November 2000 issue of Ceramics Monthly and the May/June 2003 issue of Clay Times. It can be seen in seventeen books on Ceramics, one of which is printed entirely in Chinese.

Laurie was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2004. The Academy recognizes Canadian visual artists who have demonstrated excellence, and honours their achievements.