By carving and manipulating the surface of white porcelain, I create line and shadow in much the same way a painter might use a brush to put colour on canvas. 

I enhance and highlight the cracks and folds that are created during the process of making each sculpture. In doing so I am exploring the beauty that can be found in our “imperfections”.

The anatomical quality found in my work is often referred to as feminine. I welcome the comparison as I try to reflect both strength and authenticity in abstract shapes, suggesting rather than representing the female body.



Tanis lives and works as a sculptor in Vancouver, Canada. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and is represented by The Z Gallery Arts and in London, England by Belgravia Gallery. She currently ships and sells her work nationally and internationally.


The Z Gallery Arts

Belgravia Gallery. London, England.


2005 International Residency in Ceramics. Vallauris, France.

1997 – 1999 Kootenay School of the Arts. Nelson, BC. Canada.

1995 Apprenticeship with carver/stone sculptor, Salt Spring Island, BC. Canada.

1991 – 1994 University of Victoria. Victoria, Canada.


2017  Group Exhibition. March 29-April 29. Elan Fine Art, Vancouver BC.

2015-2017. Ongoing Exhibition. Belgravia Gallery. London, England.

2013 Group exhibition. April 11-May11 2013. Elan Fine Art. Vancouver, BC.

2012 Ceramic Sculpture 2012. Aug. 2012. Quinary Art Projects. Vancouver, BC.

2011   Duthie Gallery. Salt Spring Island, BC. Canada

2010  Flow. Solo Exhibition. March 3-April 25. Numen Gallery. Vancouver, BC.

2008  Excellence Within Diversity. Group Exhibition. Feb.7-April 6. Vancouver Museum. Vancouver, BC.

2006 Clay Sculptor:Solo Exhibition. April 1-May 1. Dashwood Galleries.Calgary, Alberta.

2006 Organic Form. Group Exhibition. February 28-March 27. Ferry Building Gallery. West Vancouver, BC.

2006 New Memories. Solo Exhibition. February 1-March 2. Crafthouse Gallery. Vancouver, BC.

2006 Retrospective. Group exhibition. January 21. Espace Jean. Vallauris, France.

2005 Expo Vent Noel. Group exhibition. December 17. Salle Voxpopali. Biot ,France.

2005 Souvenirs Neufs. Solo exhibition. November 25.Gallery Aqui Siam Ben. Vallauris, France.

2001 Retail Display. Canadian Craft & Design Museum. Vancouver, BC.

2000 In our Element. March 3 – April 4. Circle Craft Gallery. Granville Island, Vancouver, BC.

1999 Smart Wood. April 10 – May 15. Multi-discipline show. Hong Kong Bank Of Canada. Vancouver, BC.

1998 Chrysalis. Feb 26 – April 11. Kootenay Public Art Gallery. Castlegar, BC.

1997 Art Walk. August 2 – 9. Juried exhibition of contemporary art. Nelson Centennial Art Gallery. Nelson, BC.

1997 100 Artists / 100 Years. June 26 – July 2. Juried exhibition of the best       of regional art. Nelson Centennial Art Gallery. Nelson, BC

Awards / Scholarships

2014 International Olympic Commitee Trophy for Sport & Art - Shortlisted Artists & Creators from Canada

2005  Grace Cameron Rogers Scholarship for artistic achievement.

2005  Awarded a two month residency in Vallauris, France. Canada wide selection.            

1998    BC Arts Council scholarship for artistic achievement.

1998   The Icelandic Canadian scholarship of BC for artistic achievement.