Dr. Mary Ann Steggles

Dr. Mary Ann Steggles
137 Art Barn


PhD (University of Leicester)
MA (University of Manitoba)
BFA (Hons.) (University of Manitoba)



Dr. Steggles’s current research is on the impact of the Vietnam War Resisters on Canadian ceramic history. This study, supported by a Canada Council Jean A Chalmers Craft Grant in 2016, was presented at Canada 150: Untold Stories at University College Dublin, Ireland (2017) and at the First Craft Biennale in Canada at the Art Gallery of Burlington and OCADU (2017). A variation of this project focuses on the transnational relationship of the Vietnam Resistors and their evolving attitudes towards the United States. A paper titled ‘Transnationalism and Resistance: The Border at the 49th parallel, the Vietnam era Resister, then and now’ will be presented at Transnational Americas: homes(s), borders, and transgressions at the University of Szeged, Hungary (2017).

The exploration of the Vietnam era resisters and their impact on Canadian ceramic history overlaps with Dr. Steggles’s ongoing study of the history of wood fueled kilns in Canada as well as her interest in the marginalization of women and ceramics within the broader rubric of fine arts. Her examination of the German ceramic designer, Hedwig Bollhagen, and the challenges she faced during the interwar years in Germany will be delivered at Creative Women at the end of the First World War: Endings and New Beginnings, an international conference on women artists, at the University of Guelph in 2018.

Dr. Steggle's is a regular contributor to Toplerblatt, Neue Keramik, Art and Perception, and Ceramics TECHNICAL.

Dr. Steggles’s earlier research focused on the propaganda and political aspects of British colonial public monuments. It was published in History Today, The Sculpture Journal, Marg, Chowkidar, Victorian Studies and in separate monographs, The Statues of the Raj (2001) and British Sculpture in India: New Views and Old Memories (2012). She recently authored a chapter, ‘Lost and Found: Kanpur’s statue of Queen Victoria’ for the Victorian Review (2018) and a chapter for the Ben Read Festschrift, ‘Six Public Art Commissions: the Case of the Aga Khan III and British India’.

Dr. Steggles’s is currently writing a monograph on the history of Canadian wood firing as well as organizing a travelling exhibition of the ceramics of the Vietnam era resisters.


Cover of Mud catalogue

MUD, Hands, fire by Mary Ann Steggles. Essays by Particia Bovey, Diane Carr, Susan Close and Coll Minogue. School of Art (2015)

Mary Ann Steggles - regular contributor to Toepferblatt, the journal of Kalkspatz, the German Potters Association

Where Have All the Potters Gone by
Mary Ann Steggles, featured in
Topferblatt (Fruhling 1/2013)

Dr. Mary Ann Steggles and Richard Barnes - British Sculpture in India: Old Memories and New Views

British Sculpture in India: New
and Old Memories, by
Mary Ann Steggles and
Richard Barnes (2012)