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What’s Jordan Van Sewell up to? Where are his ceramic works available? And what the heck are his works all about, anyway?

These sections will make you smile, and even laugh your head off, as well as develop a greater understanding of this amazing Canadian ceramic artist who has been hammering away at his craft from his work bench in Winnipeg for over 50 years.

His works — they’re something else.

HAPPENING

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CBC National TV, 2024
TBD
MORAL INJURIES the art of Jordan Van Sewell
Winnipeg, MB Canada

The documentary features scenes of Jordan Van Sewell working in his studio, and explores a variety of locations that inspire him including – Toad Hall Toys, The Exchange District, and train tracks backed by an expansive prairie sky.

His pieces such as “City Hall”, “The Demon on the Porch” and “Love” figure prominently, and nuggets such as – “The making of art is something that celebrates humanity, to the point where without its existence, we’re naked on a foot path.” and “Art does not have to be serious at all.” may be nuggets well-worth retaining.

The 44 minute documentary is part of the CBC Absolutely Canadian Season 23.

It also continuous to stream on CBC GEM for free.

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Ongoing, 2023
Pulse Gallery, Johnston Terminal, The Forks
Winnipeg, MB Canada

Features a selection of Jordan Van Sewell’s ceramic sculptures. “When I hear silence and then a couple of giggles, I know the people who have walked into the gallery, have just seen a piece of Jordan’s work,” says Lesly Dawyduk, Pulse Gallery owner.

Pulse Gallery is a gathering place for artists, art lovers and collectors alike, where community and connections can be forged in a dynamic environment that is welcoming and accessible to all. Established in 2010, Pulse Gallery believes in investing in both local artists and high-quality original works of art. With the goal of making local contemporary art within reach, the gallery endeavours to ensure the appreciation and purchase of art a joyful experience.

Kenora

Summer, 2024?
Kenora, ON Canada
Demonstration

How does he do what he does? Collectors, followers and fans will have a chance to peek into the creative development of Jordan Van Sewell sculptures. More info to follow.

Located on the shore of the breathtaking Lake of the Woods, the vibrant community Kenora, ON is a major tourist attraction summer and winter. Cottages dot the forests and islands, as celebrities and locals enjoy boating, fishing, snowmobiling and hunting. The town is located about 200 km east of Winnipeg, MB.

MooseJaw

Fall, 2024?
Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery
Moose Jaw, SK Canada
Show

Jordan Van Sewell returns to the city of his birth with a show featuring a variety of his ceramic sculptures – including new and older pieces. Jordan is recognized around the world as a master ceramic craftsman. He has been working in his field for some 50 years. Additional details will be posted closer to show launch.

Supporting a vibrant local art scene in Moose Jaw, SK, the art gallery offers a fascinating collection of both contemporary and traditional works. Their mandate is to “share opportunities for education, exploration and inspiration through the visual arts and Moose Jaw’s living history.” The Gallery is located 647 km west of Winnipeg, MB.

HAPPENED

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On Vimeo, 2024
Silver Moon
Winnipeg, MB Canada

After premiering November, 2023 at The Good Will Social Club in Winnipeg, “Silver Moon” can now be viewed on Vimeo.

Written, directed and starring Maggie Collins (who plays Olive in the film), the short tells a tale of young love. While Jordan, as the neighbour, is a folksy, funky hippie.

“It’s nice to see another generation interested in the exploration of art. I’m amazed because I am still learning from this stuff,” noted Jordan.

Maggie is an aspiring filmmaker, musician and actress, who currently lives in Winnipeg. She was a recipient of the Winnipeg Film Group & MFM First Film Fund Grant for the film.

Events-presenting

Summer 2023 Premiere Viewing Party
Winnipeg, MB Canada
MORAL INJURIES the art of Jordan Van Sewell
The Forks Market

An enthusiastic crowd of long-time Jordan Van Sewell followers and new fans filled the chairs, to watch the premiere of the documentary about the artist – what inspires him, and his work. The film featured scenes of Jordan working in his studio, and exploring locations that inspire him. He also reflects upon his craft, his contribution to the world of art, and why art must always play an important role in society.

A Q & A following the screening allowed audience members the opportunity to offer comments and ask questions, of both the director, Nicholas Treeshin, and Jordan. As the evening concluded people chatted and phone cameras flashed. Audience members received boxed sets of JVS Hero/Zero pins featuring a special sticker developed by Jordan in commemoration of the Premiere.

Memorable quotes from the documentary include:
“It’s art for God’s sake – try living without it.”
“Art has the power to change the world.”

Events-A-Hammering

Saturday, May 13, 2023
Pulse Gallery, Johnston Terminal, The Forks
Winnipeg, MB Canada
Still Hammering It Out

A pop up show at The Johnston Terminal titled “Still Hammering It Out” launched featuring new works by Jordan Van Sewell. Those in attendance saw ceramic sculptures that delivered delight, while other pieces pitched wry commentary.

Repeated themes in Jordan’s work cover – snakes, a nod to his ancestral great grandparents who pioneered at Narcisse, MB; the black dog, the perennial witness; while skulls (including his time-honoured Pinocchio skulls), and skeletons – are reminders of our ever looming mortality and observance of our time here.

Even the invite was a work of art. A hand coloured, self-portrait illustration of Jordan in jeans, jean vest and shirt with rolled up sleeves took centre stage. Beret and sunglasses in position. In the background, line drawings danced among the clouds – a Pinocchio skull, flying paper money, hand holding dice, snake and ladder, high-rise city scape with a train running in front, rocket, airplane, the moon, open door, vintage vehicle, tornado, dog and more. When folded in half, a die-cut image popped up from the base of the card, giving everyone who received an invite to the opening – their own stand up Jordan!

Events-D-Studio

Jan 2023
Move to studio

Always inspired by a magical other world, Jordan Van Sewell returned to his studio, after a four year stint at The Forks Market. Appointments to view his art can be arranged through text message - 431-999-3061.

Jordan’s work provides an enchanting perspective of the world through colourful ceramic sculpture. The artiste has been at his craft for five decades.

“Where does he get his crazy ideas?” or “What the heck was he thinking?” are likely to be among the reactions of those who have seen his art, as well as “I really like his stuff!” Jordan is just fine with all of those comments.

“In my role as an artist, I question society. Through my work, I offer that conversation, those questions to the viewer, the participant. When I am able to set up that dialogue through my work, then that’s a good thing,” says Jordan.

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Thurs, Sept 22, 2022
Jordan Van Sewell Gallery, The Forks Market
Winnipeg, MB Canada
Time to Get Ready

“Time to Get Ready” was a new show celebrating the surreal funky ceramics of Winnipeg-based master craftsman, Jordan Van Sewell, whose art is found in private and corporate collections throughout the world, including Buckingham Palace.

As Van Sewell saw it, “Time to Get Ready”, was an awareness campaign! While including frivolity, the show asked the visitor to consider the preposterous nature of what’s coming, and what’s already here. “It’s a reaction to the bombardment of messages we get from a world that is too complex to understand. Basically, I present a look somewhat akin to reflections in the fun-house mirror,” explained Jordan.

The inspiration for the show covered themes Jordan would like all to ponder, as he believes pondering is an important part of bettering the human condition and gives one an opportunity for observation and reflection.

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CBC National TV
May 12, 2023

CBC’s Janet Stewart discusses the new documentary “Moral Injuries: The Art of Jordan Van Sewell”, and asks the artist what life would be like for him – without art.

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CBC-TV
Feb 1, 2023

Winnipeggers prepare for the return of the Windsock Exposition at The Forks, as Jordan Van Sewell introduces CBC’s Marcy Markusa to the possibilities of enhancing and taking full advantage of winter wind!

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Winnpegs' only dedicated classical and jazz radio station
Interviews with Jordan Van Sewell were conducted by radio host Chris Wolf, and organized by Tanya Blatz.

Aug 09, 2023
🗲 Moral Injuries: Local film maker creates love letter to Winnipeg as seen through the lens of local artist and his art
This Friday, August the 11th and this Saturday, August the 12th, there will be a very special film screening that will be taking place, which combines the two worlds of film making and art. “Moral Injuries: The Art of Jordan Van Sewell” is a documentary that showcases the life and work of one of Canada’s most unique and creative; Jordan Van Sewell.

May 08, 2023
🗲 Ceramicist Jordan Van Sewell is “Still Hammering It Out"
Jordan Van Sewell discusses his new pop up show which began its run at Pulse Gallery May 13. “I’ve created some pieces reflecting these troubled times we live in,” says Van Sewell. “I’ve tried to make it tongue-and-cheek, I’ve tried to have people look at the subject and extrapolate their own conclusions from it ... Ultimately, the pieces encourage us to progress forward. We’re still pushing ahead, we’re still doing what we can, we’re still hammering it out.”

Mar 28, 2023
🗲 Profound lines and profound sculpture: Local artist is subject of new documentary
Jordan Van Sewell looks at his stint at The Forks Market, enjoying his own studio, the responsibility of making art, as well as being the subject of – a day in the life of an artist – documentary film.

Feb 6, 2023
🗲 2023 Windsock installations at The Forks ready for viewing
A total of eight creative artists and organizations participated in the 2023 Windsock Exposition along the Nestaweya River Trail, including Jordan Van Sewell. His piece was titled, “All That Glitters Is”.

Nov 28, 2022
🗲 Doors of perception: Local artist marks the holidays in his own original way
Making art for Christmas gives Jordan Van Sewell a joyful feeling. It’s a little bit like being a Santa’s helper, ensconced in his workshop. The work of his wife Joanne Vanderhorst, also a ceramic sculptor, adds to the gallery with elegant vessels that defy gravity.

Sep 20, 2022
🗲 Time to Get Ready: Winnipeg artist asks questions through ceramic art
The title of his show at his Forks Market Gallery, Time To Get Ready, foretells Jordan Van Sewell’s belief that “we’re building up to something important”. He notes we don’t know what’s coming down the pipes, which is why his work offers a cautionary tale.

Feb 10, 2022
🗲 Love is in the air… and the clay at the Jordan Van Sewell Gallery
While many people may try to turn Valentine’s Day into a Hallmark holiday, Jordan Van Sewell goes back to the roots of the celebration – spring, and the thought that love springs eternal.

Oct 26, 2021
🗲 Magnificence of Winnipeg: Local artist Jordan Van Sewell finds inspiration from the city and from the pandemic
Often adversity sparks creativity. Jordan Van Sewell talks about how his journey through the pandemic has impacted his art. “I guess it’s fuelled some of the ideas I’ve had.”

Feb 18, 2021
🗲 Jordan Van Sewell: Winnipeg artist-icon on his art and the pandemic
With the COVID 19 pandemic and varying degrees of lockdown having lasted for almost a year, Jordan Van Sewell has taken things in stride, as best he can. His advice to artists is — just keep going.

Mar 9, 2017
🗲 Winnipeg artist creates canoes for The Forks' Common
Commissioned by The Forks Market to develop a piece for The Common, Jordan Van Sewel created “Canoes” – a three panel installation featuring three canoes, each navigating different waters, and presenting a total of 19 characters.

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UMFM 105.5 FM
October 27, 2021
Interview with host Susan Cohn

🗲 Art World Innovators
Susan pegs the work of Jordan Van Sewell as vibrant surreal funky ceramics! Her wide ranging interview ran over half an hour. It included discussions about the new world order, as expressed in his new show – "Time To Get Ready", the profound nature and memory of clay, as he sees it, and why he welcomes all comers to his workshops!

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