Archive | September, 2014

Sept 2014 – Dale Roddick on Photography

30 Sep


Our speaker for the September 23, 2014 meeting of Toronto Potters was Dale Roddick, potter and Biomedical Photographer at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He presented slides of various types of lighting setups one can use when taking photos of their pottery. He included samples of photos taken while using many of the different settings and commented on the strengths and weaknesses of each .


Dale then used samples from various potters in attendance to demonstrate taking photos with your camera using the setup shown above.The flash was included in the light above the pottery and was remote activated by an attachment on his camera.

After the photos were taken, Dale demonstrated adjusting the photo files using LightRoom software.


Another photo setup that was available for people to look at is the one shown above. Lights and light box are available for purchase from Henrys.


Here, Dale has his cell phone mounted on tripod, with cable cord inserted in headphone outlet, prepping to shoot photo of pottery piece in light box.

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Above photos taken by Dale using first setup and digital camera.


Photo taken by Dale using lightbox and cell phone.

If you have any inquiries about taking better photos of your work or would like to arrange to have your pottery photographed by a professional, please contact Dale Roddick,, 416-480-4000 ext. 3836.


Below are samples of additional photos taken by Dale Roddick during his presentation using set up #1

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18th Biennial Exhibition @Gardiner Museum.

30 Sep

TPG Oct 24 Invite

Toronto Potters is pleased to announce the 18th edition of its juried biennial exhibition will open at the Gardiner Museum on Friday, October 24th, and runs until November 7th. Works range from functional to sculptural, figurative and abstract. Participating member artists include: Hana Balaban-Pommier, Barbara Banfield, Eden Bender, Alison Brannen, Susan Card, Chari Cohen, Deborah Freeman, Yumiko Katsuya, Renee Kleiman, Paul Kouadio, Heidi McKenzie, Mary McKenzie, Shane McNutt, Frieda Pereira, Abbey Smith, Catherine Thomas, Vanesa Trillia, Natalie Waddell, Nicole Waddick, Janny Wong, Celia Zveibil Brandao, and Marlene Zagdanski.

Toronto Potters is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run association of community-oriented potters and ceramic artists. The group had its genesis in 1979, and after 35 years, Toronto Potters continues to flourish and provide a nexus for social and professional development, with regard to both career and skills learning. The group is also committed to provide outreach opportunities for the promotion of the clay arts to the general public. Toronto Potters consists of makers, teachers, collectors and ceramics enthusiasts. Given the diversity of Toronto, many members have relocated to Canada from various parts of the world, which adds to the vibrancy and texture of the work presented in its biennial exhibitions. Toronto Potters provides creative opportunities for its members by mounting biennial juried exhibitions, holding monthly meetings with guest lecturers, providing educational workshops, publishing e-newsletters, holding biennial sales of members’ work, and fostering community. This exhibition is Toronto Potters’ 18th biennial juried art exhibition.

Jurors Allison Skinner and Bruce Cochrane describe the selected works as “a pleasantly eclectic and diverse range of styles and materials.” Allison Skinner is the owner/operator of DISTILL, a contemporary craft/design boutique located in Toronto’s distillery district which she has owned and operated since 2003. Bruce Cochrane, celebrated potter and ceramicist, taught ceramics at Sheridan College in Ontario from 1978-2010 and continues to conduct workshops and exhibit on an international level.

Awards are sponsored by Craft Ontario, Tucker’s Pottery Supplies, Spectrum, Pottery Supply House, the Gardiner Museum, and Fusion Clay and Glass Association. Exhibition awardees will be announced at the opening on October 24th.

Opening Reception: Friday, October 24th, 6-9pm.
Venue: The Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario  M5S 2C7, 416-408-5066,

For media interviews contact participating artist, Heidi McKenzie at 416-538-3333 or


Photos of items from the exhibit are currently available for viewing at:

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