Calligraphy, Ceramics, Digital Imagery, Fiber Arts, Graphic Design, Iconography, Printmaking
Artist / Personal Statement
A tile-making workshop in 1998 was the catalyst that launched Louise into the world of clay. In her home studio, she creates ceramic art tiles using the processes of graphic design, linoleum stamp carving and printmaking. Louise’s designs, inspired by nature and by the written word, evoke the humor, spirituality and playfulness of the folk art tradition.
Born and raised in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada, Louise received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan (with areas of concentration in art and music). Upon completing university, she taught elementary school in Saskatoon and she has made Regina her home for the past 27 years.
Inspired by music, poetry, gardens and travel, Louise is attracted to art in its many forms. After 12 years of working exclusively in clay, she has taken an extended sabbatical to focus on spiritual expression through art in textiles (rug hooking), religious objects (iconography) visual art (photography) and the business side of art (curating a Christian-themed group exhibition).
“To all who are passionately dedicated to the search for new epiphanies of beauty so that through their creative works as artists they may offer these gifts to the world.”
(Letter of His Holiness Pope John Paul II to Artists, 1999.)
Accomplishments / CV
1978 – 1982 University of Saskatchewan, College of Education
Bachelor of Education – Elementary Program (with Distinction)
Areas of Concentration – art & music
1977 – 1978 Saskatoon Business College – Accounting Honors Diploma
Iconography Workshop: Father Mefodii, Instructor, Prosopon School of Iconography:
Cincinnati, Ohio (July 2011) – Mary, Mother of Jesus Icon (Theotokos)
Iconography Workshop: Dmitri Andrejev, Instructor - Prosopon School of Iconography:
Cincinnati, Ohio (June 2010) – Saint John the Baptist Icon
Rug hooking – Shaded Flower Technique – Jean Field, Instructor (February 2008)
Introduction to Traditional Rug Hooking – Doris Fulmore, Instructor (February - April 2005)
SCC Marketing Series, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Sk. (February - April 2005)
Garden Rhymes ® Studio – established production studio to do graphic design, custom printmaking and ceramic art tiles (1999 – present)
Introduction to Tile Making – Jamie Slingerland, Instructor (Fall 1998)
Illuminated Letter Workshop – Martha Cole, Instructor (1997)
Calligraphy & Design Course, Neil Balkwill Centre, Regina, Sk. - Martha Cole, Instructor (Fall 1996)
“Artists show Christian-themed works”, The Saskatoon Star Phoenix, July 23, 2011 – Moved by the Spirit Exhibition
“Rug Exhibit Depicts Heritage of the Prairies”, Moose Jaw Express, June 16, 2011 – “Hope springs eternal” rug hooking
“Painting prairie elevators with wool” The Western Producer, March 10, 2011- “Hope springs eternal’ rug hooking
“Vanishing Prairie Landmarks” A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine: Spring 2011- “Hope springs eternal’ rug hooking
“Art expressions in wool” Shurniak Art Gallery, Assiniboia, Sask.: November/ December 2010 “Remember Poppy” rug hooking
Saskatchewan Craft Council website: http://www.sccmembershipdirectory.com/type_professional- craftperson/tessier_louise/tessier_l.htm
Alberta Craft Council Quarterly Magazine: Winter 2005 Issue Cover Feature: “Alberta: Landscape in Miniature”
EXHIBITIONS, COMMISSIONS & AWARDS
“Moved by the Spirit: artistic interpretations on the life of Jesus”, STM Gallery, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Sask., July 18 – September 11, 2011.
“Root, Branch, Twig & Flower”, Saskatchewan Craft Council, Saskatoon, Sask., June 17 – July 31, 2011.
“Elevators: Vanishing Prairie Landmarks” (rug hooking) Western Development Museums, Moose Jaw, Sask., June & July, 2011; WDM, Saskatoon, Sask., August, 2011; Allie Griffin Art Gallery, Weyburn, Sask., December 2011.
“Art Expressions in Wool” Shurniak Art Gallery, Assiniboia, Sask., November 26 – January 27, 2011
“For the Love of Craft” Alberta Craft Council 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Edmonton, Alberta:
July – September 2010.
“Power of Ten” Sask Terra 10th Anniversary Exhibition:
Saskatchewan Craft Council, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: May – June 2007.
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario: April – June 2009.
Dimensions 2005 – Saskatchewan Craft Council Juried Exhibition (Award for Excellence in Functional & Production Ware) galleries through Saskatchewan: May 2005 – August 2006
“All About Alberta - Land, People History and Culture” Alberta Craft Council Centennial Celebration,
Alberta Craft Council Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta: January – April 2005.
National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario: April – May 2005.
Regina & Area Potters Guild 15th Anniversary Exhibition Joe Moran Gallery, Regina, Sask.: September – November, 2002.
Saskatchewan Craft Council (Juried Member)
Alberta Craft Council
CARFAC (Canadian Artists’ Representation)
MacKenzie Art Gallery
Sundog Arts Society
Prairie Harvest Rug Hooking School
Canadian Society of Decorative Arts
CIVA (Christians In The Visual Arts)
So glad we can finally connect! I do love both your work and your new website! I now invite you to visit my website...sorely in need of updating!...but that gives an idea of the kind of work I have been about for around 25 years. www.claysongs.com.