Valerie Metcalfe, a native of Winnipeg, earned her B.F.A. [honours] degree from the University of Manitoba in 1974. In 1978 she helped found the Stoneware Gallery and the Stoneware Studio, two Manitoba artist cooperatives that both teach and market ceramics.
Valerie’s work is refined, wheel-thrown porcelain. It has been exhibited and sold across Canada and the United States and is held in public and private collections around the world. The Manitoba government has presented her pieces to many visiting dignitaries. Among them are the King and Queen of Sweden, the President of Iceland, and Governor Generals Adrienne Clarkson and Michaelle Jean. She has received further international recognition with her works’ acceptance into the San Angelo National Ceramics Competition in San Angelo, Texas; the Fletcher Challenge competition in Auckland, New Zealand and Porcelain 2000, an international juried exhibit of porcelain at Esmay Fine Art in New York. She has twice been awarded “Best in Show” in the Manitoba Crafts Council annual juried exhibit. In 1994, Valerie was elected into The Royal Canadian Academy of Art, the oldest visual arts organization in Canada and one dedicated to the recognition and promotion of excellence in Canadian art. She is profiled in the current edition of the Canadian Who’s Who.