Gary Merkel is a well established ceramic artist who divides his time between Victoria and Montreal. He has exhibited throughout North America. His work is held in private and public collections around the globe, including the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Gary is known for the sculptural quality of his work and the masterful play of different glazing techniques. His current series explores the influence of the Salish Sea, referencing the natural environment and the way we interact with it. By studying the details of Merkel's work, imagery of canoe forms, sea life, plants and the floor of the ocean become apparent. It is this combination of impeccably crafted and whimsical forms with powerful themes, that makes Gary Merkel such an iconic ceramic artist.