Keith lives and creates in North Bay, Ontario. Keith has been a professional ceramic artist for nearly 50 years and has won 57 honors/awards to date. Canadore College bestowed the title of Artist in Residence Emeritus on Keith in 2009 and he was honored by being inducted into the Niagara Falls Arts and Culture Wall of Fame in 2013. Keith has exhibited his works in approximately 290 exhibitions nationally and internationally with works included in numerous collections including the Archives of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Nickle Art Museum, the Varazdin City Museum Croatia, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, the Burington Art Centre, the Ontario Crafts Council, and Fusion: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association, etc.
On August 21st, 2014, Ronald P. Frye & Company published a book about Keith's social/political clay works entitled "Keith Campbell" and written by Jonathan Bancroft Snell.Download Keith's CV
Researching, making, creating, and designing, along with my dark sense of humour are the bases for my narrative works in clay. The themes of my works are Canadian myths and legends, as well as history from my point of view. When making any work in clay, I develop the design and theme in order to communicate on many levels with the viewer. I incorporate forms and decoration into pieces thrown on the potter.s wheel, pressed by hand, and through using slab and sculpture techniques. I also use photo stencil imagery along with drawing, brushwork, and/or many applications of sprayed and air brushed effects to achieve the best presentation of my concept. I glaze fire at c/6 in oxidation; however, most of my work is fired multiple times. For over glazing, I fire at c/015 and at c/018 (lustres). I also use 24-karat gold leaf and other metallic leaf to achieve varied surfaces and colours. I sometimes use both flocking and paint as finishing techniques. I occasionally use metal stands to enhance the form, particularly for vessels. The processes I use to create work makes a longer journey from start to finish than many artists are willing to put up with. I feel it is well worth the end results. That is what true creativity is all about! I have been described as the foremost political commentator in the clay arts in Canada. You can decide if this statement is true. I feel my work is successful when I am able to create a dialogue with the viewer.