Rory MacDonald is an associate professor of craft in ceramics at NSCAD University. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) from The New York State College of Ceramics (NYSCC) at Alfred University (1999), a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) (1997) and a Diploma with Honours from Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) ceramics and printmaking (1996).
MacDonald is interested in the many roles for ceramics within the practice of craft,
design and art, concentrating on the development of new public audiences and spaces for contemporary ceramics. Central to his research is the exploration of the concept of public craft and the role materials play in how we shape the built environment. He is interested in the intersection of digital technologies, materials and labour, seeking new forms to connect digital space and ‘the real’.
Inside and Out, The Clay and Glass Museum, July –October 2016
CAFKA Waterloo, Public Installation, The Clay and Glass Museum, May- September 2016
Cameleon, Biennale Ceramique Virgina McClure, McClure Gallery Montreal, QC, 2015
True North: Contemporary Canadian Ceramics, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2015
Go East Canadians Create in China, Gardiner Museum, Toronto 2013
Chalkworks, The Mary Black Gallery, Halifax 2012