AX Ceramics Centre

AX’s state-of-the-art ceramics centre has everything needed to provide professional level workshops to Sussex and surrounding areas, host the AX Emerging Artist in Residence Program and serve as the AX’s Ceramics Centre Coordinator’s and Emerging Artist’s individual studios.

The centre is also equipped with two new ConeArt electric kilns with a full ventilation system, two Shimpo VL Whisper pottery wheels, a slab roller and spray booth, drying racks and ware carts, 5’x5’ work table with storage, two 2.5’x5’ work tables, a sink with a sink trap, and storage.


The AX National Emerging Artists Ceramics Exhibition 2023: Plasticity

AX is seeking applications for the AX National Emerging Artists Ceramics Exhibition 2023: Plasticity. Please submit your application by February 21, 2023. This exhibition is for emerging artists working in all clay/ceramics. Visit here for more information.


AX Emerging Artist in Residence — Ceramics

The AX Emerging Artist One-Month Residency – Ceramics in Sussex, NB, is a short-term, paid residency designed to support Canadian artists who have finished their formal training or can show equivalent experience and are now looking to take the next steps forward in their artistic careers.

AX is seeking proposals for our 2023 residency lineup. Please submit your application for consideration by December 31, 2022.  Visit here for more information.


Virtual Tour

Click the image to see a tour of the AX Ceramics Centre, with the Coordinator Matt Cripps.

AX‘s Ceramics Centre Coordinator Matt Cripps takes you on a virtual tour of the studio, demonstrating the various equipment and tools used to create a piece of pottery from start to finish.

Thanks to the RBC Foundation’s Emerging Artists Project for making it possible for us to launch the AX Emerging Artist Program at our new ceramics centre. And thank you to the Haynes-Connell Foundation, Allison and Clare McCain, Frank McKenna, and Lee Danisch for their ongoing financial support for the AX ceramics centre.

Thank you also to the Sheila Hugh MacKay Foundation for their generous support. Because of the foundation’s Signature Technology Grant, AX has been able to develop digital outreach programming during the pandemic.


About Matt Cripps, AX’s Ceramics Centre Coordinator

Matt Cripps was born and raised in Miramichi, NB. He completed a BA in fine arts at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB. Following his undergrad, he began employment at Gallery 78 in Fredericton, NB. He then completed a two year diploma in Fine Craft: Ceramics at the New Brunswick College of Craft of Design (NBCCD) and a certificate program in Advanced Studio Practice. He is now the Ceramic Centre Coordinator at the Ax Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex in Sussex, New Brunswick and is also the Vice President of CraftNB.