Carolynn Bloomer grew up in an artistic family in the Montreal area, where she studied Fine Art. Attracted to clay from an early age, she moved to Toronto to attend Ontario College of Art (now OCADU) to focus on design and materials related particularly to ceramics. She has conducted numerous workshops and has taught many classes (Ontario College of Art, Neilson Park Creative Center, The Pottery, Clay Design and as an itinerant artist in secondary and elementary schools in the Toronto area). Her work is in the collection of Scotiabank and has been purchased by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. Carolynn maintains a studio where she enjoys making small-edition tableware, wall works, and sculpture.
Susan Card (B.H.Ec., B.F.A.) opened her studio, DISH GALLERY + STUDIO in the Toronto Distillery District 2006. She has exhibited ceramics and taught pottery for twenty-five years: for City of Toronto at Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, for TDSB Con. Ed. at Northern Secondary School and Western Tech., and at Sheridan College she taught Professional Practice to Crafts and Design students for several years. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Toronto, London, Waterloo and Montreal and is commissioned by private and corporate clients.
Annika is a Toronto-based artist specializing in wheel-thrown ceramics. Her interest in clay began while she was studying Textile Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU). After graduating in 2013 with a Bachelor of Material Art and Design, she worked in several studio spaces in Toronto before returning to OCADU for a Postgraduate Certificate in Industrial Ceramics. Annika’s initial education in textiles helps to inform her design choices when it comes to elevating the surfaces of her work. Her forms often reference modern industrial and Scandinavian design, featuring smooth surfaces and a combination of angles to create an ideal space for patterns to evolve.
She currently works as an instructor and studio technician at several ceramic studio locations in the GTA and has been creating her own work out of the Mississauga Potters’ Guild in Port Credit. Her ceramics can be found in several gallery shops in Downtown Toronto.
Hannun is a graduate of Sheridan College’s renowned Craft and Design Program (2004) and for the past 15 years she lived and worked in Toronto as an independent ceramic artist, creating works in fine English porcelain. She creates porcelain pieces using ancient celadon, temmoku, oxblood and Qing Bai glazes. They are a statement of her artistic voice and self-expression as well as the mastery of her craft. Hannun’s artistic vision stems from a culmination of her spiritual practice, life & artisitc experiences, and technical prowess.
Hannun believes that teaching is key to fine art & craft education and community involvement. Teaching pottery helps others explore a new creative outlet and can act as a catalyst for community engagement.
She is currently the Markham Museum Pottery instructor and Technician. She has also worked at Sistering’s Inspiration Studio before their untimely closure in April 2018. Hannun’s works have exhibited and sold at the Gardiner Museum, The Aga Khan Museum, Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Winnipeg and Clay AKAR Gallery in the USA.
Julie Moon is a Toronto based ceramic artist. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2005 and in 2010 completed her MFA at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Prior to attending OCAD, Julie studied fashion technology and spent over a decade working in the garment industry. Julie’s love of graphics, pattern and fashion have continuously inspired her creative endeavours. Her pieces, whether sculptural or functional, are formed by hand and carefully painted with detail and precision. Her work is a testament to her love of making and commitment to her craft.
Julie’s work has been showcased by numerous online and in print media such as NY Spaces, The Globe and Mail, designsponge*, NOW Magazine, Design Boom, Art Travel: Architecture/Design/Decoration Paris, Montreal Home and Toronto Life Magazine. Her work has been showcased in numerous galleries nationally and internationally. She has exhibited work at the Toronto International Art Fair, the Society of Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh and the American Society of Ceramics. In the fall of 2015, Julie finally returned home to Toronto after spending four years as an artist in residence at the esteemed Clay Studio of Philadelphia.
Natalie Waddell is a Toronto based ceramic artist. Starting her academic ceramic education at Toronto’s George Brown College in 1998 she attended the Sheridan College Ceramic Craft and Design program from 2000 to 2003.
Since establishing her studio practice Natalie has continuously explored and developed new bodies of work both functional and sculptural as well as teaching classes and workshops. She is an active member of the Akin Artist Collective, the Toronto Potters, Potters Guild of Hamilton & Region, FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association, the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and Craft Ontario. Natalie exhibits and sells her work at the Gardiner Museum shop as well as other galleries and venues throughout the province.