Janet Douma has had an interest in art since she was a child growing up on a farm in rural eastern Ontario. As a young adult, she came upon an opportunity to apprentice with a production potter in Halifax, N.S., and has been enthralled by the craft ever since. The majority of her work is functional wheel thrown wares; all are high fired, food safe vessels, decorated with incised designs and finished in a variety of glazes.
Described as Neo-Baroque, Reid’s work is a combination of experiences from Japan with recognizable western production forms. Primarily with porcelain, he throws and manipulates forms; slapping, tickling, gently coercing forms beyond their static states. He enjoys unearthing pieces from deep within, often remnants of memories and objects past; a celebration for things forgotten and those yet to be.
Combining wheel thrown and altered forms with slab work, her work is an exploration in the juxtaposition of an “old world” aesthetic with modern asymmetry and movement. She strives to create an ethereal beauty and elegance in each piece, especially in her large, one-of-a-kind vases and pitchers.
Botanical themes prevail in her work, informed by many years as a professional botanist prior to being a potter. This is especially apparent in her new body of work which uses decals of 15th century Italian woodcuts of Herbal illustrations. Portions of these woodcuts have been applied as decals to the surface of the vessels prior to glaze firing, to create sepia-toned botanical designs.
Jennifer Graham is a ceramic designer/artist. Her ceramics are inspired by traditional textiles and by the vessel as object. She uses actual textile elements of pattern, stitching and texture to emboss her studio made contemporary porcelain pieces. The delicate construction and raw edges echo the qualities of fabrics. Her hand built forms result in an organic sense of rhythm.
Jennifer graduated from Sheridan College Craft and Design Program where she received the William and Mary Corcoran Craft Award. I.D., Azure, Canadian Interiors, Style at Home, Canadian House and Home and The Globe and Mail have featured Jennifer's ceramics. Her work is represented at a number of galleries and design stores across Canada and the United States.
Since the age of twenty, I have been a visual and decorative artist, dedicated to the creation of ceramic sculpture and pottery. My creative activity ranges from design to intuitive art. The root for my artistic style is based upon my studies of North American, European and Japanese ancient traditions and cultures. My personal beliefs in these cultures inspire and fulfil my creative stream. My goal is to extend the existing collection of my works as a way of connecting a universal appreciation and understanding of the beauty of these cultures and traditions.
Elsa’s first tried pottery looking for a way to unwind after a stressful work day. Working with clay soon grew into a full-time obsession and in 1995 became her new career path. She is primarily a self-taught potter, learning her craft from a broad range of respected ceramic artists. Her main focus for over 18 years has been utilizing the raku process in non-traditional and innovative ways.
One of her raku specializations is known as ‘horse-hair raku’. This firing method results in pottery which resembles the look of exotic wood or marble. Elsa tends to blend together the crackled glazed effects of American raku, horse-hair techniques, and incorporates various organic materials, resulting in a style of pottery that is truly her own, and pieces that are definitely outside of the norm.
Elsa Mann is an artist who believes in life-long learning. She continues to explore new methods working with clay, glass, wood and encaustic painting. Her horse hair and encaustic vase, “Twilight”, won the Ceramics Award in the 2012 Insights Juried Regional Exhibition. Her works continue to be acquired for private and public collections.
Since 2010, she has also been exploring architectural ceramics, working in large scale for outdoor installation and indoor exhibition. Presently she is working on several commissions for both corporate and public installations slated for 2012-2013.
Elsa is co-owner of Night & Day Studio, together with her husband and fellow potter, Paul Kaye. Their home and studio is located on a rural property just south of Mount Forest, Ontario.
Lisa Marcus creates both functional and decorative stoneware. Lisa’s whimsical designs often incorporate such images as cats, mermaids or goddesses. Lisa is known for her goddess goblets, cat bowls and her mermaid mugs. She offers pottery classes, workshops and private lessons from her home studio located in Kitchener, Ontario.
List of Potters for 2014:
Carmen Abdallah, Val-David, Quebec ... www.ceramiquezalata.com
Monica Adamo, Kitchener
Tanya Besedina, Toronto...www.besedina.com
Shelley Boa, Guelph
Janette Bogart, Kitchener
Jay Burn, Stratford
Shu-Chen Cheng, Hamilton
Keri Currie, Oakville...www.fireandfluxstudios.com
Becky DeLeo, Waterloo ... www.beckywebster.com
Amy Doole, Maynooth ...www.amydoolepottery.com
Iris Dorton, Guelph ... www.blueirisstudios.ca
Melissa Farquhar, Rockwood... www.quintessentialclay.ca
Murray Fox, Kitchener
April Gates, Haliburton
Jennifer Graham, Stratford... www.jennifersgraham.com.
Jonathan Harper, Waterdown
Stephen Hawes, Wateloo ... www.stephenhawes.ca
Chris Hierlihy, Guelph... www.chrishierlihypottery.com
Janus, Eden Mills...www.janusdanceswithghosts.com
Monica Johnston, Warkworth... www.franticfarms.com
Maria Jozwiakowski, Kitchener
Alexander Kastulin, Toronto... www.akart.ca
Lisa Marcus, Kitchener
Dale Mark, Burlington
Angela McKay, Baden...www.angelaoriginals.ca
Jennifer Miceli, Guelph... www.jware.ca
Carol Ann Michaelson, Glen Williams ... www.carolannmichaelson.com
Monika Minnis, Hamilton... http://artsontap.com/MM/
Richard Mund, Neustadt
Barb Murphy, Guelph
Jane Neff, Elora
Joseph Panacci, Simcoe
Peter Panacci, Simcoe...www.panaccipottery.com
Gail Pasternack, Toronto
Andrea Piller, Picton
Natalie Prevost-Mero, Paris... www.turningbullpottery.com
Sean Robinson, London ... www.seanrobinsonceramics.ca
Frans Rood, Mississauga... www.french-red.ca
Marcelina Salazar, Chatsworth
Melissa Schooley, Windham Centre... www.ragingbowlpottery.com
Goldie Sherman, Guelph
Trudy Schultz, Cambridge
Indira Singh, Waterloo
Emma Smith, Burlington
Timothy Smith, Georgian Bluffs
Jane Snider, Ottawa...www.janesniderpottery.blogspot.com
Jessica Steinhäuser, Guelph... www.stonehousepottery.com
Ruth Swanson, Ayton... www.sunspotspottery.com
Pavlov Tsarynny, Rockton... www.pavlopottery.com
Greg Voisin, Hamilton
Andrea Vuletin, Chatham
Judith Wilkins, Guelph