Catching Up with Robin DuPont
The wonder, practicality and beauty of ceramics never grows old for Selkirk College Instructor Robin DuPont.
Now a valued mentor at Kootenay Studio Arts faculty on Nelson’s Victoria Street Campus, the 43-year-old thinks back to his student days at the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD, now known as Alberta University of the Arts) when his creative energy was funneled into ceramics courtesy of influential instructor Tom Rohr.
Selkirk College Ceramics Instructor Robin DuPont at his Slocan Valley property that includes his family home, studio and four kilns that provide him the ability to create his unique pieces that are beautiful and functional all at once.
“When you think about how much clay has played a role in shaping humanity, it really blew my mind,” says DuPont. “I started to think about how these ceramic objects have helped piece civilizations together from an anthropological perspective. If you break down the role clay has played historically with culinary development, plumbing, architecture… there are so many different applications throughout time. It shows the diversity of clay.”
From those early days at the Calgary-based art school, DuPont has gone onto a career in the field that has included completing his Masters Degree at Utah State University, traveling the globe learning and teaching, artist-in-residence stints, celebrated exhibitions, successful retail sales, numerous awards, sought-after expertise in kiln construction and his current post at Kootenay Studio Arts. As he provides knowledge, teaches skills and helps student’s hone techniques, DuPont is spreading his affection for clay to a new generation.
“It’s our mission at Kootenay Studio Arts to provide students with the knowledge of how to operate in the marketplace,” DuPont says. “It’s about finding a balance of living a creative lifestyle, but exploring it from a way that you can support it financially and put food on the table.”
Read the entire story at our School of the Arts website.