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.
Lindsay Gravelle is an arts educator and maker living in Toronto, Ontario, who works primarily in ceramics, exploring colour, materiality and narrative through multidisciplinary creative techniques. Her ceramics are influenced by her experience as a painter and driven by a fascination with exploring the alchemy and chemistry of colour and texture in ceramics, as well as uncovering layers of methodology, history, and materiality within these creative processes.
She studied Fine Art at The University of Western Ontario from 2005-2009, and Ceramics at Sheridan College from 2017-2019. She is currently at OISE, enrolled in a MEd in Adult Education and Community Development programme, with a focus on arts-based education. Gravelle’s creative practice is process driven and experiential. Her teaching emphasizes art’s expressive potential as a narrative, creative skill-building tool.
With an awareness of the network of community resources available to students like material libraries, public studios and other public arts initiatives, creative practice is made more accessible as students are integrated into the creative community.
Gravelle feels “Clay is a wonderful material to use as a medium for community development and personal expressive awareness; using clay’s malleability to challenge and discover its material limits as an expressive tool.
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.