Eden Bender   



Eden’s sculpture is both conceptual and figurative; it often relies on scale to draw the observer into a surreal world of transformation, metamorphosis, a world where unusual juxtaposition of static and dynamic is the norm. Fulcrums, ladders hoops all inform this playful yet somber environment.  The sculptures are built from mostly paperclay and are often scribed then glazed and fired numerous times. Eden’s experimental glaze work imbues the sculpture with the intriguing patina of some ancient artifact.  Eden continues to investigate new materials and glazes through specialized courses.  Eden’s involvement in her community has always been a great source of inspiration and education.  Through her volunteer commitments with various non-profit organizations, Eden’s work has been influenced by the adversity of the human condition. Her most recent work explores human relationships, compassion and the inner spirit through figurative pieces.

Eden studied at George Brown and at York University. In 1990 she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine arts with honours. Her sculptures have been exhibited several times at the Gardiner Museum and The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. She has received numerous awards including the L.L. Odette Sculpture Award, the Ontario Arts Council Award, the Toronto Potters Award of Excellence, Tuckers Award of Expression, the Pottery Supply House Award of Excellence and the Ontario Craft Council Award for Best Design and People’s Choice Award The Brain Project. Her work can be found in international private and public collections, and has been exhibited at the Stricoff Gallery, New York;  Art Basel, Switzerland; Warsaw Poland International Ceramic Exhibition, Poland;  Master Class St. Petersburg, Russia; and The International Art Fair, Toronto. Eden is currently living and working in Toronto.