Courtesy Canada Council

Via the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council

The Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council (NSDCC) is proud to announce the 2017 Saidye Bronfman Award winner Pamela Ritchie! The NSDCC was deeply honoured to have nominated Pamela Ritchie for the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts and would like to pass along our sincere congratulations on this amazing achievement.

Canada’s foremost distinction for excellence in the fine crafts, the Saidye Bronfman Award recognizes the exceptional work of individuals who have also made significant contributions to the development of the fine crafts in Canada. Celebrating it’s 40th anniversary, the $25,000 annual award is one of the largest individual prizes for fine craft in Canada. In addition to the cash prize, works by the recipient are acquired by the Canadian Museum of History for its permanent collection.

The award is adjudicated by a peer assessment committee comprised of craftspeople from across the country. Together they consider all aspects of aesthetics, including creativity, innovation and technical mastery. They also consider the nominee’s contribution to the development of the fine crafts in Canada over a significant period of time. The award-winning artists represent the country’s best and most influential craftspeople, including masters in ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, book binding, and metalwork/jewellery.

People think of jewellery as something that is simply ornament and has very little to say. But when you start to really look at something for a long time that’s that small and detailed, you’re carried off into a place that is like a dream.” – Pamela Ritchie

Find a video of Ritchie speaking about her work here.