We are saddened by the news of Jack Sures’ passing. He was a mentor and inspiration to many in our province and beyond. We’re honoured to have a large collection of his works in our Permanent Collection, many of which he donated to us so they can be shared with the people of Saskatchewan. We appreciated the opportunity to celebrate with him when we awarded him the Lieutenant Governor‘s Lifetime Achievement Award at last year’s Saskatchewan Arts Awards. He also recently received the prestigious Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

Jack was one of Canada’s premier ceramists and art educators.

He was born in 1934, in Brandon, Manitoba. He completed his bachelor of fine arts degree at the University of Manitoba in 1957, and his master’s degree in painting and printmaking from Michigan State University in 1959. In 1965, he moved to Regina to establish the ceramics and printmaking program at the University of Saskatchewan's Regina Campus, now the University of Regina, where he taught until his retirement in 1998.

As an educator, Jack created a fertile environment for students. He has taught some of Canada’s most notable ceramic artists, including Victor Cicansky, Jeannie Mah, Carole Epp and Anita Rocamora. Jack’s presence at the university continued in his role as visiting artist-in-residence. He was a master at nurturing an environment that is highly creative and productive. He encouraged students to develop their own techniques and skills and to make work that is highly personal and expressive. He was an inspiration and role model for many practicing artists.

Jack has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and honors throughout his career, including the Grand Prize at the International Ceramics Competition in Mino, Japan in 1989, the Order of Canada in 1991 and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2003.

His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally and is represented in many collections, including the Pecs National Museum in Hungary, Canada Council Art Bank, Remai Modern, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

Our hearts go out to Jack's friends, family and everyone else who was touched by his talent and generosity.

Front page photo by Mark Greschner, Artec Photographic Design

Top: Jack Sures with former Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield at the 2017 Saskatchewan Arts Awards.
Photo by Michael Bell Photography

Bottom: Jack Sures, Untitled (corded lustre bowl), 1974, lustre, porcelain
Saskatchewan Arts Board Permanent Collection