Photo of Ken Vickerson
Photo of Ken Vickerson
Ken Vickerson
Associate Professor
Faculty of Design

Area(s) of Expertise

Goldsmithing, Stone Setting, Lost Wax Casting


Ken Vickerson graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design 1982. In 1985, he established a goldsmithing practice in Toronto, producing commissioned work for the local market. In addition he has exhibited widely, including shows in Europe, Asia, America and Canada. Mr. Vickerson's work has been featured on the cover of Metalsmith Magazine, a publication of the Society of American Goldsmiths, and his critical writing has been published in numerous journals and magazines. Ken was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in 2003. He holds the position of Associate Professor in the Faculty of Design at the Ontario College of Art & Design.


1978-82 Alberta College of Art and Design, Jewellery Diploma, Calgary, Alberta

1977 The Banff Centre, School of Fine Arts, Summer, Banff, Alberta

1975 Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, photography, Edmonton, Alberta

Advanced Study: Lois Etherington-Betteridge (holloware), Kim Snyder(plastics),

Whitney Boin (stone setting), Akira Ikagami (Japanese alloys), James Evans (patination), Ivy Ross (production jewellery), Charles Lewton-Brain (fold

forming),Michael Lieber (lamination), Bruce Metcalf (cold joining), David LaPlantz (concept development), Carl Merton (tool making), Kristel Klocke (gemology), Helga Polko (titanium anodizing), John Little (blacksmithing), Gunter Ketterer (goldsmithing), Lloyd Johnson (blacksmithing), Photoshop (computer training), Rhino Training (3D computer modeling), GBC (teaching effectiveness), Onno Boekhudt (concept development), Ira Sherman (electronic/pneumatic animation), Ross Morrow (delft clay casting)

Steve Midgett (mokume gane), Andrew McAllister (Dreamweaver/html), Jessica Field (sensors)

Professional Experience

1985 to present Owner/Operator, Ken Vickerson Design, Toronto

1984-87 Craftsman, Fairthorne Studios, Toronto

Selected Exhibitions

2015 "Come Eat with Us", OCAD University, Toronto

2014 –Project 31"OCAD University, Toronto (catalogue)

2014 'stuff: The Culture of Obsolescence"Samuel J. Zacks Gallery, York University, Toronto

2013 –XXXV"MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph

2013 –Three Elements"Ziilberschmuck, Toronto (catalogue)

2012-13 –"Table!"Government House, Fredricton, Mary E. Black Gallery, NSCAD, Halifax, Mat–ria, Qu–bec City, Design Exchange, Toronto, Affinity Gallery, Saskatoon, MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph (catalogue)

2012-13 –President's Faculty Exhibition"OCAD University, Toronto,

2010 –MAGC 2067: Crafting the Future"Arta Gallery, Toronto, Departure Lounge, Lester B. Pearson Airport, Toronto

2008 "Contemporary Canadian Silversmith Collection", MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario

"Celebration: The Legacy of Lois Etherington Betteridge", Jonathon Bancroft Snell Gallery, London, Ontario (catalogue)

"RCA self portrait exhibition", DX, Toronto, Ontario

2007 "Influences: Looking Backward-Looking Forward", Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo

"Currents", Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto

"Cirrostratus", Ontario Craft Council, Toronto

"Whodunnit", Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto

2006 "Whodunnit", Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto

2005 "The Object and the Image", Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

"The Little Art Show", BMW Toronto

"Voicing Toronto", University of Toronto Art Centre

2004-05 "In Service", Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD, Halifax, MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Government House, Fredericton (catalogue)

2004 "Ken Vickerson: Series" (solo), *New*, Toronto (catalogue)

"Minimal Rings", Confident Gallery, St. Petersburg, Florida

Awards \ Grants

2010 Research Residency, National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN.

2010 Sabbatical Granted for 2010-2011, OCAD U

2004 Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council

2003 Elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

2000 Honourable Mention, Metal Arts Guild

1996 Award of Excellence, Metal Arts Guild

1993 Craftsman's Grant, Ontario Arts Council

1991 Austach/Exchange Travel Grant, Ontario Craft Council

1990 Award of Excellence, Metal Arts Guild

1989 Award of Excellence, Metal Arts Guild


Numerous private and public commissions

Selected Publications

Entries in reference works:

2009 –Compendium Finale–, Darling Publishing

2007 to present: "Canadian Who's Who" pub.University of Toronto Press

2005: "500 Brooches" edited by Marthe Le Van, Lark Books

2004: "Minimal Rings" by Arch Gregory, Full Spectrum Publishing

1998: "A Fine Line-Studio Crafts in Ontario from 1930 to the Present", by Gail Crawford, Dundurn Press

1997: "Object and Ornament-Canadian Jewellery and Metal Art", by Anne Barros, The Boston Mills Press

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

2014 Lecturer, –Alternate Publishing Possibilities"Annual Faculty of Design May Meeting, OCAD U, Toronto

Organizing Committee for –Crafting Sustainability"a two-day conference to take place at OCADU in March 2015. This is a collaborative project between the Material Art & Design Program and Craft Ontario.

Curator, Exhibition in Print-Conceal/Reveal, Metal Arts Guild of Canada, publication due Dec. 2014

2013 Lecturer –Haystack Symposium–, MAAD Faculty Lecture Series, OCAD U, Toronto.

Presenter/Moderator, Panel Discussion –Craft Theory: Who Needs It?"Society of North American

Goldsmiths Annual International Conference –Meta-Mosaic–, Toronto

2011 Lecturer, Metal Arts Guild of Canad

Lecturer, OCADU

Lecturer, Alberta College of Art & Design

2010 to present Program Committee-SNAG Conference 2013 –Metamosaic–

2007 Curator, –Concept to Commodity–, Transit Space Gallery, Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto