Meeting Programme

Meeting Programme 2017-06-14T08:28:13+00:00

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Beginning in September the meetings will be held  
at the Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park.
 We have a short business meeting followed by a guest speaker.

Meetings are at 6.45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of every month
except June, July, August and December.

Meeting Programme 2017-2018 TBA  

Programme for 2016-17 was:
JANUARY 24th Speaker – Room 133 West aerobics Studio – first floor

KEN GANGBAR is a Toronto artist who creates porcelain, glass and metal – based sculpture “inspired by the cyclical patterns and intricate compositions of the natural world”. Multiples of a single shape is a key component of his works. Much of his work is site-specific and commission-based.

After completing a B.A. in Native Studies at Trent University, Ken attended Sheridan College to study ceramics. Trained in the tradition of functionally focused ceramic design, he set up his first studio in Toronto to create dishes and other functional pieces. Six years later in 2003 he decided to focus on sculpture. His clients include a wide range of international architecture and design firms, private clients and consultants. For the past nine years he has taught and continues to teach adult ceramic classes in his studio

FEBRUARY 28th Speaker – Room 133 West aerobics Studio – first floor

Gracia Isabel Gómez was born and raised in Mexico City. After many years of working in design, publishing and exhibition planning, she decided to follow her passion and study Ceramics at Sheridan College in Ontario in 2013. In summer 2014 Gracia attended the Medalta International Artists in Residence Program for a month. She returned to Sheridan to graduate with honours in 2016 where her work was awarded Best in Show at the Craft and Design Graduate Exhibition.

Gracia Isabel draws inspiration from mythology and her dream world. Through her ceramic practice Gracia Isabel continues to develop artistic responses to social concerns. Her work was awarded Best Sculpture in 2016 at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.

MARCH 28th Speaker – Room 133 West aerobics Studio – first floor

THOMAS AITKEN AND KATE HYDE have exhibited their work together since they graduated from their Masters programmes in 1996 at University of Wales Institute Cardiff, UK.    

Trained as an apprentice under potter Scott Barnim, Thomas Aitken specializes in tableware that celebrates the functional object, it’s history and associations and is intended to satisfy the owner through time.

An art educator, Kate’s artistic interest during her Bachelor of Arts training in London, UK was the medium of textiles.   Subsequent to studies in Wales, in 2002 Kate graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Education.

From 1997-2002 Kate Hyde and Thomas Aitken worked from their studio in downtown Toronto, Kate as a freelance artist working in clay, print and drawing. Kate has exhibited her work since 1986 in the UK, and subsequently in Canada through venues such as: Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Ontario Crafts’97, FUSION Fireworks’98, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Australia, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo.

Since 2002 Kate and Thomas have collaborated in a series of objects that unite Thomas’s strong forms and Kate’s interest in colour and surface. Designed to emphasize both the practical and visual, this work was exhibited at the Art gallery of Peterborough in 2012. Kate and Thomas have also exhibited regularly at the Gardiner Museum and Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition for many years. Their permanent studio is located in Warsaw, ON.

APRIL 25th Speaker – Room 318

A native of Thunder Bay, ON DENISE SMITH (BFA, Lakehead University, 2010) (current MFA candidate, University of Regina) received Ontario Art Council funding for her first solo exhibition, The Beasts of Intentions, at Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay in 2011. In 2012 she was selected to participate in an artist residency at The Gimhae Clayarch Ceramics Museum in Gimhae South Korea, where she created a body of work and participated in the museum’s A.I.R. Group Exhibition. In 2013 Denise was chosen as one of six emerging ceramic artists to represent the province of Ontario in HOT MUD: A National Survey of Contemporary Canadian Emerging Ceramists at the Art Gallery of Burlington. This past summer she was invited to attend the Medalta International Artist Residency program in Medicine Hat, AB. Denise is the recipient of several academic awards at the University of Regina, a Teaching Assistantship as well as a University Teaching Fellowship. Her work examines the relationship between humans and animals in western culture.

May 23 AGM and Potluck