Archive | November, 2015

TP Winter Sale, 2015: Kris Magidsohn Tribute Table

28 Nov

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A special feature of the Toronto Potters Winter Show & Sale, December 10 to 12 at the Toronto Botanical Gardens, was the Kris Magidsohn Tribute Table.

All proceeds from this table will go towards the Kris Magidsohn Award Fund.The Award will be presented to a Student Member of Toronto Potters at the Toronto Potters Biennial Exhibition, 2016.

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Meet Our Artists, 2015: Also at the Show

27 Nov

Here’s a sneak peak of what you might have seen from some of the other artists who participated in our Winter Sale at the Toronto Botanical Gardens.

Arlene Kushnir:

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Brenda Nieves:

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Cathy Francis:

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Cheryl Wyre:

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Deborah Johnston:

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Genie Kim:

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Gerri Orwin:

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Khaled Mously:

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Louise McNab:

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Maureen Geraghty:

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Nicole Waddick:

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Patricia Paolini:

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Yim Chan:

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We thank all who attendedthe Toronto Potters Winter Show & Sale, December 10 to 12 at Toronto Botanical Gardens.

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Meet Our Artists, 2015: Betty Walter

27 Nov

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Betty is a long-time member of Toronto Potters. One of her specialties are these lovely hand-made ceramic Ikebana containers.

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We thank all who attended our Winter Sale at the Toronto Botanical Gardens.

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Meet Our Artists, 2015: Katie Argyle

27 Nov

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My name is Katie Argyle. I am a member of the Hill Potters Guild in Richmond Hill, ON and I have a studio space in Aurora, ON.

I work in several mediums: ceramic, printmaking and painting. I am very interested in narrative, telling a story or starting a conversation or a line of thought with my artwork. Humour often plays a large part in many of my pieces.

I am a handbuilder. I find every aspect of making a ceramic object challenging: from the method of construction, to the surface decoration and then the firing variables. I use Mishima and sgraffito techniques with underglaze to create my surfaces.

Some of my work is made in collaboration with another Hill Potter member, Minda Davis. She works on the wheel and I complete the object’s surface. This provides me with a different type of clay canvas, much smoother and more refined than I what I would make on my own. It has been interesting watching our work evolve together.

To learn more about Katie please visit: her website katieargyle.com and blog plasticmasters.blogspot.com

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We thank all who attended our Winter Sale at the Toronto Botanical Gardens

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Meet Our Artists, 2015: Alison Brannen

23 Nov

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Alison is a Toronto artist who creates large abstract hand built vessels.  She developed the ceramics and raku firing program at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts where she currently teaches.

Alison’s porcelain vessels are hand burnished and fired in a reduction atmosphere with salt and oxides to produce their subtle smoky quality. A final coat of wax brings out their lustrous surface. They are intended for decorative use.

In my work I try to mimic the dynamic forces at play in the earth’s crust. Working directly on the wheel and then by hand building, I create “three dimensional drawings” on which the flame plays the final act. My vessels are organic and expressive, rims and edges are altered to create rugged and subtle surfaces on which the smoky, mineral rich atmosphere in the kiln fuses to the surface in unusual ways. I prefer simple ancient pots that reveal the maker’s hand and the markings of the fire. I strive to make my work appear ancient, eternal and fresh from the fire.

To learn more about Alison visit her website: alisonbrannenceramics.com

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We thank all who attended our Winter Sale at the Toronto Botanical Gardens.

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Meet Our Artists, 2015: Katherine Laco

23 Nov

The pottery I make is sometimes functional and always sculptural.

My inspiration is  the natural world I experience around me.

To learn more about Katherine visit her website: katherinelaco.com

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We thank all who attended our Winter Sale at the Toronto Botanical Gardens.

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TP Winter Sale, 2015: Ikebana Demo

23 Nov

A special feature of the Toronto Potters Winter Show & Sale, December 10 to 12 at the Toronto Botanical Gardens, was the demonstration of Ikebana floral arranging courtesy of the Ikebana International Toronto Chapter 208.

The demonstration took place on Thursday, December 10, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

We had 4 different schools  presenting a flower arrangement:
Mrs. Jean Liao for Ikenobo,
Mr Richard Martel for Ohara,
Mrs.Marcia Lenglet for Misho and
Mrs.Lois R. Orkin for Sogetsu.
Toronto Potters would like to thank the Ikebana International Toronto Chapter 208 for sharing their knowledge and love of beauty through flowers with us. To learn more about this organization please visit their website: www.ikebana-toronto.com
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