Hi, I'm Debra Bryan.
I am a ceramic artist. My personal art work is mostly clay sculpture but I also work with glass.
I am available for Artist in Residence programs in all age categories. I offer four different residencies: Hand painted tiles (individual tiles or made into murals), Clay projects, Mosaic Murals and Stained Glass Mosaic.
I live in Edmonton, Alberta and I am the mother of two children. I have worked as a professional ceramic artist since 1992. I am an approved vendor with the Edmonton Public School board which means that I am insured and have a current police check. I have been a member of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts-Artist in Education-Artists Roster since 2002 which allows for grants of up to 75% of the cost of a residency.
Mosaic murals are community projects that are suitable for all ages and abilities. I tailor the artist in residence program to the age category and needs of the school. Usually the school administration chooses a theme and allows the students to create drawings. I combine some of the students drawings into a unified design and then I make a pattern for the mosaic. Some schools want the school crest or logo as the mosaic image and this simplifies the program. The students work on the mosaic as if it were a large jigsaw puzzle. Variations on the mosaic process are: glass mosaic, combining handmade tiles with ceramic mosaic and adding interactive or found objects.
I supply all of the materials and tools to create the mosaic and I install the mosaic onto a surface provided by the school.