TORONTO POTTERS Monthly Meetings
Main Floor Auditorium
111 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C7
6:45pm – 8:45pm
The Gardiner Museum has graciously agreed to host Toronto Potters for Tuesday meeting dates, on 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 and will end at 8:45. The speakers’ programme will begin at 7:15 pm after a short business meeting.
Toronto Potters Studio at Artscape Youngplace Information Evening. Main Floor Auditorium
The September meeting will focus on developments made towards opening our new studio at Artscape Youngplace. Handouts will be available, along with information on how you can become involved. Come with your ideas, questions, your mug and bowl donations as rewards for our IndieGoGo Fundraiser Campaign, and your donations of hand tools for the studio. For Winter Sale participants, Sale bookmarks should be available for distribution. After our business meeting, the remainder of the evening will be devoted to discussion about the new studio.
Coincidentally on the same evening, there is a lecture by the new Chief Curator of the Gardiner Museum, Sequoia Miller, running from 6:30-8:00 pm. He will be speaking about the topic for his PH.D research in Art History at Yale University, about his former practice as a recognized studio potter in the Pacific Northwest, and how this impacts his work as a curator and historian. Some of you may remember him as the FUSION Conference presenter in 2011 here in Toronto. Members of the Gardiner have an opportunity to buy tickets online to attend this lecture for $15. Tickets can also be purchased by non-members of the museum for $18. After the conclusion of the lecture at 8:00 pm, you will be able to enter the Toronto Potters meeting in the main floor auditorium and join the informal discussion about the new studio at Artscape Youngplace.
Ikebana, Organized by Betty Walter. Main Floor Auditorium
In this 20th Exhibition Anniversary Year of Toronto Potters, we have chosen to help the Gardiner Museum celebrate their theme: Year of Japan. Our Director of Exhibitions, Hana Balaban-Pommier, has collaborated with Gardiner Museum Shop manager Adeline La to bring programmes to support our exhibition that opens Oct 1. The awards ceremony and Tea Ceremony performed by Yumiko Katsuya takes place Friday Oct 5th. At our October meeting on the 23rd, Toronto Potter Betty Walter, who is a Past-President of Ikebana International, has organized a group of four Ikebana Masters to give a demonstration of Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging. The Masters represent four schools or styles of Ikebana – Ikenobo, Ohara, Sogetsu, and Misho. This event is free and open to the public. No business meeting is scheduled for this evening.
Heidi McKenzie. Main Floor Auditorium
At the November meeting our own Heidi McKenzie will give a presentation about her residency in Australia. Heidi has been funded by the Ontario Arts Council for several residencies including in Jingdezhen, China, also Bali, Indonesia, and in 2017 she apprenticed with Master Mitsuo Shoji in Sydney, Australia, supported by an OAC International Artist Residency Award. She maintains both sculpture and functional ware studio practices. Her work engages issues of identity and belonging. She is an active arts journalist and ceramic arts reviewer. Heidi completed her Diploma at Sheridan College in ceramics in 2012 and subsequently her MFA at OCADU in 2014.
DECEMBER POT LUCK SOCIAL
Date and place TBA.