Living Arts Centre


Starting her career as a painter, Ishrat was drawn to ceramics early on when she tried the wheel by chance one day. She quickly found herself taken by the process of using the natural tendencies of clay, glaze, and fire, to create form and emotion, as well as the unique combination of art and utility that ceramics permits. These tensions have never stopped informing her work.

Ishrat is equally inspired by the natural and the human. She takes her palette from Canadian and Pakistani landscapes while, conceptually her work often deals with social issues, using clay as a story-telling medium to communicate messages that come from the land and society and their complex interaction.

Technically, Ishrat is equally at ease using electric, gas, raku, and horsehair clay firing techniques. Her work is often accentuated by other media such as glass, wood, metal, often in collaboration with other artists. 

She won the MARTY award for Established Visual Artist in 2010.