Jan Grove And George - Relationships, Myfanwy Pavelic (1984)

Jan Grove And George – Relationships, by Myfanwy Pavelic, 1984, University of Victoria Art Collections

Born in Hamburg, Germany Jan Grove was trained in the craft of clay sculpture by his parents Gerd and Lu Grove.  He formally studied pottery and sculpture in Lübeck and received a Master of Art Pottery designation in 1956.  Jan became a designer for several West German ceramics factories and managed his own studio for over a decade.  He spent the next five years teaching at the School of Applied Fine Arts in Istanbul, Turkey, and in 1965 he immigrated to Canada.  There Grove taught ceramics at the University of Victoria from 1966 to 1968 and also taught at the Emily Carr Collage of Art and Design from 1980-1994.  He also managed his own studio together with his wife, potter Helga Grove in Victoria and was a long-standing member of the Limners art group.  Jan’s work is included in many private collections, as well as in the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the University of Victoria Art Collections, the Confederation Museum and Art Gallery (Charlottetown, PEI), the Crafts Collection of Ministry of External Affairs (through acquisitions of the National Gallery of Canada ).

Jan’s association with Karl Spreitz began on their first day in Victoria in 1965.  “We met Karl at a party of friends of Herbert Siebner, at whose place we stayed the first few days until we bought our house and studio on Sooke Road.  As Karl was one of the few people at this party who spoke German, an immediate contact developed that made us good friends and admirers of his art in the years since.  Being a newcomer at that party all the men wanted to arm wrestle with me, particularly the stronger ones. When it came to Karl’s turn ,I knew he would beat me easily, him being such a muscular bodybuilder type, but surprise, gentle Karl let the newcomer Jan win the contest, so I could say: Look, I beat Superman Karl!   And this is Karl, always gentle and considerate.  The footage at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria was shot during the very first “Artists at Work” show. The art scene in Victoria was quite active, and led  to the formation of the Limners Society which was active until 2008.”

Source: http://www.groveartworks.com/grove/index.htm, used with permission, with additional written contributions from Jan and Helga Grove