Sea Lion & Thunderbird Mugs

Photo: Allan Collier Collection

“Working in British Columbia, a region with no indigenous ceramic tradition, David Lambert worked to establish a distinctive localized style by incorporating west coast mythology and graphic motifs. Despite Lambert’s good intentions and the exciting promise of such a fusion, in retrospect it is difficult not to criticize his approach. Lambert did consult with many First Nations elders to understand the mythologies associated with each motif, but arguably their execution (by Lambert and his staff) is clumsy by comparison. More significantly, Lambert Potteries profited from this culture at a time when First Nations themselves were prohibited under Canadian law from carrying out the cultural teachings and ceremonies associated with these designs.”

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