Meeting Programme

Meeting Programme2020-04-28T04:50:03-07:00

TORONTO POTTERS Monthly Meetings 
Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

In light of the current COVID-19 situation we are temporarily  suspending our Monthly Meetings and will resume scheduling at a later date. Please check back for updates.

6:45pm – 8:45pm

Toronto Potters meetings are held at the Gardiner Museum main floor auditorium unless otherwise notified. The Museum has graciously agreed to host Toronto Potters for Tuesday meeting dates, the 4th Tuesday of each month. Toronto Potters is grateful to the Museum for offering their support. The meeting time will be 6:45 pm. The speakers’ programme will begin at 7:15pm after a short business meeting and will finish at 8:30 pm.

September 24th, 2019     

Guest Speaker: Dana Prieto 

Dana Prieto is an Argentine visual artist and educator based in Toronto who has recently completed a Masters in Visual Studies at the University of Toronto.

She has developed award-winning projects working within diverse communities in Toronto, Hamilton, Halifax and Buenos Aires. Her work has been exhibited in Museo del Hambre, Buenos Aires, MAW NYC and, Idea Exchange, Cambridge and Trinity Square Video, Xpace Cultural Centre,Blank Canvas and Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.

Since 2012 she has received several exhibition grants and awards in Canada. Her work has been featured in a variety of publications, and she has been Interviewed for the CBC, Blogs and digital publications.

She describes her work as “engaging with mundane objects and rituals seeking to unsettle modes of relating, producing, exchanging and consuming in an era dominated by extraction and exhaustion.”

Dana is also new member of Toronto Potters Studio.

October 22nd, 2019     

Guest Speaker & Live Demonstration: Richard Mund

Originally from Grimsby, ON, Richard Mund began working in clay after receiving a Creative Arts Diploma from Georgian College in Barrie (1993). After an apprenticeship with Cunningham Pottery in West Des Moines, Iowa, he attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax,N.S, while supporting himself through employment at Clayworks, an internationally respected production pottery in Halifax. After completing a BFA (1997) Richard continued at NSCAD as the Ceramic Technician and part-time Continuing Education Instructor.

Since that time, he has lived as a self- employed studio potter in the quiet Ontario village of Neustadt, specializing in Maiolica glazed production pottery.

Richard will give a short visual presentation about his work and studio, as well as a demonstration of his maiolica glazing technique.

November 26th, 2019     

Location: Gardiner Museum

Guest Speaker & Live Demonstration: Magdolene Dykstra

Dykstra is a first generation Egyptian-Canadian. After receiving an M.Sc.Ed. from Niagara University and her M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University, she was awarded two Graduate Assistantships and a Travel Grant to Arrowmont Centre, Tenn., has participated in residencies at York University in York, England and at Medalta in Alberta, was an invited Artist in Residency at Watershed in Maine. Also awarded several grants from the Ontario Arts Council, her work has been exhibited internationally, in museums and galleries, and is included in collections around the world. She lives in the Niagara region of Ontario where she is a passionate artist-educator, teaching at secondary and post-secondary levels.

Dykstra will give a visual presentation of her work plus a short demonstration on constructing sculpted heads incorporating textures she uses in her “landscapes” series ahead of her January hands – on workshop at Toronto Potters Studio.

December 10th, 2019     

Location: Gardiner Museum

Take a break from the hectic Holiday Shows and Sales and join Toronto Potters for the ANNUAL DECEMBER POT LUCK.

Bring your own delectable pot luck dish, knife, fork, spoon, and mug, plus a hand-made pottery gift -your style or that of another potter – maximum value $25 – for the traditional gift exchange game. Our Social Coordinator Linda Cherney will be sending out a sign-up sheet for appetizer, salad, main or dessert after the November meeting. 

January 28th, 2020     

Location: Gardiner Museum

Guest Speaker: Susan Low-Beer

SUSAN LOW-BEER received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Mount Allison University and her Masters of Fine Arts in the United States at the Cranbrook Academy of Art with a major in painting. She has exhibited internationally in Europe, United States, Japan and Korea, as well as nationally in both juried and invitational exhibitions, and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards. Susan Low-Beer is represented, among others, in the collections of the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Modern Art in Japan, and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in North Carolina. In 1999 she received the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in the Crafts and in 2000 was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (2000). She is a well-known mentor and teacher in the ceramics community and has a studio in Toronto.

February 25th, 2020     

Location: Gardiner Museum

Guest Speaker: Barbara Eden 

BARBARA EDEN is a professional floral designer with over 40 years of experience, who owned and managed 2 retail flower shops in Yorkdale Shopping Centre and Scarborough Town Centre for 26 years. She has performed live demonstrations, taught students and community groups the basics in floral design/decorating techniques. Barbara will give us tips and ideas to enhance booth displays: how to forage for supplies in your own neighbourhood, choosing your vessel for an arrangement, basic design rules, and how to look at everyday objects with a new eye. Those who wish to actively participate in building their own creation, should bring 1 vessel, a few interesting materials to use, and a pair of garden snips or heavy-duty scissors. 

March 24th, 2020     

Location: Toronto Potters Studio

Guest Speaker: Andrew Kellner

In light of the current COVID-19 situation we are temporarily  suspending our Monthly Meetings and will resume scheduling at a later date. Please check back in for updates.

Due to a conflict with Gardiner Programmes March 24, Toronto Potters will hold the March meeting at Toronto Potters Studio, where Andrew Kellner will present slides of his work, ahead of his throwing workshop at the Toronto Potters Studio on April 26.

Andrew Kellner was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He first studied ceramics at Sheridan College (Oakville, ON). In 2005 he received his BFA from Alberta College of Art and Design (Calgary) and then apprenticed to potter Martin Tagseth in Lake Lenore, SK. In 2016 he worked as a summer technician at Watershed Centre for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME. In 2017 he earned an MFA from West Virginia University, Morgantown. Kellner has exhibited at the Archie Bray Foundation (Helena, MT) and was selected for the 2016 and 2017 NCECA National Student Show. Currently Kellner is a part-time potter in Hamilton, ON.

April 28th, 2020     

Location: Gardiner Museum

Guest Speaker: Sean Kunz

After his throwing workshop at the Toronto Potters Studio on April 26, Sean Kunz will be the speaker at the April 28th meeting at the Gardiner Museum.

Sean Kunz was born in Edmonton, but raised on the lush and rainy West Coast of B. C. He studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design (BFA 2005) where he became interested in functional ceramics, specifically high temperature atmospheric firing. After graduation, he became a Harbourfront resident artist working in the Craft and Design studio. In 2007 he returned to Calgary and is currently studio technician at North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre. In 2015, he built the studio salt kiln, which he currently uses to fire most of his pots. His own studio is in a shared artist space in Calgary’s downtown East side.

May 26th, 2020     

Location: Gardiner Museum


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