Blue Iris studios

Blue Iris Studios is downtown Guelph’s fine craft studio featuring pottery and jewellery handmade by Iris Dorton. You will find necklaces and earrings in porcelain, coloured porcelain, fine silver and handmade glass, as well as an ever-changing selection of functional as well as decorative pottery, including teapots, mugs, serving dishes and vases. Custom made dinnerware place settings are now available, as is a gift registry.

Shu-Chen Cheng

Shu-Chen is a full time ceramic artist,originally from Taiwan.
She lives and works from her home and studio in Hamilton, Ontario.
Her award winning Raku vessels has been exhibited in galleries and juried shows,
including Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibiton.
Her work has been collected by collecters in Canada and abroad.
Her timeless ceramic work is also in the permanent collection of Burlington Art Centre;
Burlinton Potters's Guild and Waterloo Potters' workshop.
In 2008, her raku work was purchased by Hamilton Airport and is on display at the
International Arrival Hall.

Becky Webster vessel
Monica Adamo
Jay Burn Pottery
Dale Mark

Jennifer Mitchell platter

"JWare" ( by Jennifer Miceli is fun, hip and graphic. A local Guelph potter, Jennifer's work is inspired by everyday scenes, and you might even recognize a local skyline on one of her bowls!

Carol Ann MichaelsonI have been a studio potter for over 25 years. My primary pursuit revolves around functional forms, pieces that are lovely to look at, to hold and to use. I believe it is only as people handle and use a pot, that its true beauty is revealed. My work is complete when the user has enjoyed the comfortable handle, felt the lip of the pot on their mouth, or dined and lived with a piece. It is the subtle difference that a good pot makes to our daily rituals that I strive to attain. I hope to add that much needed pause in people’s lives where they stop for a moment and enjoy the beauty of hand made objects. In our often, harried lives, we crave and need ritual and symbolism. When people take my work home, they connect with something that has been made by a human hand. They remember a pleasant drive and a connection to a life that contrasts with their own. Having morning coffee in a handmade cup, may be the only meditative ritual in a busy day. On a certain level this is an important connection that we all need and it is a joy to be a part of it!
Richard Mund teapot

Jane Neff  -eggs in stone nest

Jane Neff has a background in design - both architecture and garden design. This has led to a decades long exploration in clay as a studio potter working in raku, earthenware, sculptural installations and functional stoneware. She enjoys combining hand built and thrown work, creating wall installations as well as testing and mixing her own glazes. Explorations in combining metal and glass with clay are on-going. Trying to make sense of the world while sharing the importance of of hand-made objects is the elusive goal. Jane enjoys instructing and inspiring pottery enthusiasts of all levels at the Elora

Natalie Prevost Mero vase
Kelly Rasmussen mugs
Frans Rood

Melissa Schooley bowl

A graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Melissa has been proting full time since 2005. She is currently working in porcelain, offering a complete line of serving and dinnerware. Melissa has also created a unique line of work (my “Feltware collection) that combines hand-felted elements with functional porcelain.

Goldie Sherman
Indira Singh

Timothy Smith pottery


I started making pottery in 1986 while at University of Toronto studying electrical engineering, when my wife-to-be gave me a set of pottery lessons for Christmas. It was love at first pot! After graduation I returned to school at Sheridan College for a three year ceramics program. I moved to Dundas, Ontario in 1990 to work at Scott Barnim's studio. Four years later I had started my own studio in our little house. By 1998 we had three small children and no room to budge in our wee abode. It was time to move. By luck, another potter was selling his home and studio near Wiarton, on the Bruce peninsula. It was perfect timing and our big chance to head on out to the country. Since early 1999 I have owned and operated Gleason Brook Pottery (named after a trickle of water that runs behind the property). We love it! The surroundings are inspiring. There is room to roam and to grow. Business is brisk and the studio is big enough that each summer I can have the privilege of hiring and working with Sheridan College students.

Jessica Steinhauser at work on a Kachelofen

The artistic inspiration for much of Jessica Steinhäuser's work is found in the medieval castles and buildings that surrounded her as a child growing up in Germany. Whether creating intricate tile motifs for her masonry ovens (kachelofen), transforming clay into sculptural tableware, or shaping architectural and figurative images on a canvas, she has undertaken a wide range of projects in her artistic career.

Ruth Swanson teapot
Pavlo Pottery

Danuta Tydor ceramics

Danuta Tydor Visual Artist, graduated from Architectural Technology College in Poland, where she majored in Architecture and Interior Design. Since then she express her self artistically in variety of media. in 1981 Tydor moved to Canada and continue to work in artistic fields. Danuta's work touched many people through her vivid imagination, flare and original style - despite which medium of art was she at the moment. Experiencing life through creative forces and versatility led Tydor to hand weaving large scale tapestries, designing exclusive lines of woman's fashion, illustrating and painting in watercolour, acrylic and oil media. Since 1997 she joined her husband Artist - Vlodek Tydor and formed a Company Active Clay Inc. where she co-design and produced contemporary clay sculpture. At present she divides her time between ceramics and painting. Through the years Danuta has won many awards for her creativity, and her pieces can be found in many private, public and corporate collections. At present Danuta Tydor and her husband Vlodek are working full time out of their artist studio / residence outside of Waterloo Ontario, Canada.

Greg Voisin mugs

Hi, my name is Greg. I was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. After studying philosophy, I traveled around for a little while, washing dishes, cutting hair, playing music, working on films, and drawing. In an attempt to avoid having a “real job” I taught myself the craft of pottery. Each piece is handmade and decorated in my home studio. The hand drawn images of birds, mustaches, mix tapes, bicycles and the like are meant to warm the heart as much as they are meant to warm your leftovers. I hope you enjoy them.

Andrea Vuletin - the meadow

Andrea worked freelance as a painter and designer after graduating in 1990 from the Ontario College of Art and Design (Bachelor of Design completed in 2008), but discovered a passion for clay while attending night classes at George Brown College in 1994. The understanding of composition, line, colour and form developed at OCAD translated easily to the ceramic medium where Andrea has found great satisfaction in producing functional objects that connect with the viewer on a daily level. Her elegant pieces bring a quiet but joyful moment to each day. Andrea teaches classes and workshops with an emphasis on surface. Her work is shown at galleries and festivals in Southern Ontario and beyond. Recent awards are: Memorial Award, Ignite 2012, Potter’s Guild of Hamilton and Region Biennial, Best functional work, London Potter’s Guild Biennial 2012, Henry Goodman Best in Show award and Fusion Board Chair Puchase Award, Fireworks 2011, Spectrum Award, Toronto Potter’s Biennial 2010, People’s choice, London Potter’s Guild Show Fall 2009 and Spring 2010.

Rich Weiss mugs
Judith Wilkins pottery
Marcelina SalazarMarcelina Salazar bio
Joseph Panacci vase
Gail Pasternack pottery

Andrea Piller

Andrea Piller has maintained a ceramic studio since graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1983.  Her work is primarily hand built sculptural vessels that are interpretations and responses to the natural world. She has shown her work both nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of numerous art awards and grants. She shares her enthusiasm and knowledge for art and clay through Toronto schools including numerous indoor and outdoor mural installations, teacher workshops, education conferences and art centres across Toronto, and more recently in the Quinte region.

The urge to create with material takes me closer to my interest in both the simplicity
and the wondrous complexity of nature. This process is a constant reminder of transformation and regeneration. I seek the connections between our bodies and fragments of the earth. Nature is the magnificent model, the immediate muse of my designs and imaginings. I try to redefine and celebrate in a gesture.
There is release and expansion, providing impetus for further possibilities in clay.
Intensity, reverence and possibilities…

Shelley BoaShelley Boa plate

Carolyn Filter teapot

After more than twenty years as a graphic artist, I discovered clay, and spent three years in Sheridan College's ceramics program. There I learned the value of being a working potter, and of making pots that enhance the lives of their owners. Functional pieces and tableware are a major focus. It's important that a bowl make an artistic statement as well as grace a table.  Mugs are created with consideration for the user - a 'thumb stop' gives balance as well as decoration.
The connection to my customers starts after they've seen my work. From the moment we meet across my studio counter, or via email, a collaboration often begins which allows me to tailor my work to my customer's preferences and needs. However we meet, that connection is important to me, and in many cases becomes a lasting one. I will always make purposeful pots, and I enjoy the fact that they find homes all over the world.

yellow cup
Janette Bogart
Keri Currie
Amy Doole
Janus Janus
Joseph Panacci
Peter Panacci
Sean Robinson
Trudy Schultz
Emma Smith
Jane Snider
Carmen Abdallah

Bill Reddick teapot enlargedBill Reddick, a self taught artist, received meaningful ceramics experience while a student at Lakefield College School in the mid 1970’s. After attending Queens University, he established in 1982, a studio in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Bill was deeply affected by Song Dynasty (960-1160 AD) Porcelain of China where he toured in 1998. In 2009 he travelled to Korea as a participating artist in the Cheongju World Craft Biennale. Informed by both these classical Asian traditions, his work demonstrates a fluency of form, and technique, while expressing contemporary design.

Had I not given myself an ultimatum and embarked on this very risky exciting creative exploration, I would never have experienced the reward of creating meaningful works of self expression that resonate with a broader audience....

In 2001 Bill created a porcelain dinner service for the Canadian Embassy in Japan. Later, in 2005, he created and delivered Canada’s Official State Dinnerware to Rideau Hall. The “Maple Leaf Service” was enjoyed by President Barack Obama on his first international State Visit in February of 2009. That fall, the Emperor and Empress of Japan also enjoyed Bill’s porcelain when the Canadian ambassador entertained their Excellencies in Tokyo prior to their State visit to Canada. Bill also designed dinnerware for 24 Sussex Drive at the request of the Chairman of the Canadiana Fund. Although the project was suspended, The "Plate with National Imagery" took Bill to Korea in 2009. President Barack Obama enjoying himself on his State Visit to Canada on February 9, 2009. The "Maple Leaf Service" was borrowed from Rideau Hall for the lunch which was served in the Speaker of the Senates lunchroom.

Heather SmitHeather Smit began her study of clay as a metal student at Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, BC. This study and constant reference to metal continues in her soft slab porcelain and wood fired work. Heather’s work has been exhibited at the Ontario Crafts Council Gallery, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, The Carnegie Gallery, The Aurora Cultural Center, and The Jonathan Bancroft Snell Gallery.

Artist Statement: My current body of work evolves from childhood memory, from an endless fascination with the mechanical rhythm and beauty of the industrial machine. The sound of metal on metal, the scent of oil and rust. The simple beauty of perfectly decayed bottles and cans gathered and forgotten on warn shelves.

Hannun LynHannun is a graduate of Sheridan College’s renowned Craft & Design School of Ceramics. The vision of her work stems from a culmination of life experiences, spiritual practice and technical prowess. Her work is a blend of delicate art and functional object. Born in Jamaica and raised in Montreal, Hannun’s family melded their Chinese heritage with their new North American surroundings.

Today her work imitates her own culturally diverse life with its influences of Tang and Sung dynasties as well as contemporary artists like Isamu Noguchi, Rudolph Staffel, Bruce Cochrane and Harlan House. Hannun chooses to work solely in porcelain for its contrasting qualities of fragility, strength and translucency.

Life and its experiences have taken Hannun on many trips, both literal and figurative, as a result she has found her grounding and roots in her spiritual practice. Her work is a continual exercise in thought, awareness, and presence. Her goal is to not only explore the passion that she possesses for porcelain and the process of her craft, but also the compassion the clay extends to her.

Hannun’s works are exhibited at The Gardiner Museum Shop, Bounty – the Canadian Contemporary Craft Shop at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery and Harbinger Gallery in Waterloo, the Burlington Art Centre in Burlington and the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Winnipeg Manitoba.

Ashburne pottery -  wine cups and pitcherCarole & John Bandurchin are Ashburne Pottery. They create their pottery at their home in Baltimore, Ontario. Their main market is fine art and craft fairs. The studio is open by appointment only, except for the annual Northumberland Hills Studio Tour. The work is made from stoneware, by throwing, extruding or handbuilding from slabs. They design & make their dies for extruding and moulds for slab-forming. Pieces are decorated using underglazes and/or slips, then glazed (dipping or spraying) and fired to 2,250 degrees in electric kilns.

Kristen Ciccarelli
Christie Gruppe
Iris Dorton
Lidded pot with fish by Bunny Safari
Teresa O'Grady-DunlopFor thirty-two years, Teresa O’Grady-Dunlop was an elementary school teacher. Watching her students’ creative exploration of material made her want to be a maker as well as a facilitator. In 2012, Teresa returned to school to study Ceramics in the Craft and Design program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. Since graduating in 2014 she has been an artist in residence at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. As an urban potter living in Canada in the 21st century, Teresa is challenged to make work that is relevant and that connects to the larger community. As a woman, a mother and a teacher, she draws on personal experiences and memories that she believes will resonate with others. Her current body of work is designed in dialogue with historic, functional forms that she reinterprets for modern use: new clothes made from old cloth.
Lauren Blakey

MAY 30 and 31, 2015

10am - 5 pm

rain or shine

Goldie Mill, Guelph

Janet Douma - goblets

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.    

Reid Flock vessel

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.

melissa farquhar - work up closeCombining 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 pottery

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.

April Gates pottery
wendy Gacparski's pottery
Chris Hierlihy pottery
Monica JohnstonMonica Johnston graduated from George Brown College, Toronto, in 1984. For over 20 years, she has been producing fun, and functional porcelain pottery. Crisp line and bold graphic patterns inspired by plants, fruits, and geometry are rendered in underglaze surface decoration. Throughout her career, she has shared the joy of creative clay by teaching students ranging from preschool children to pre-retirement adults, in private studios, community centres, schools and colleges. In 205, Monica and her glass blower husband, Paulus, opened “Frantic Farms Clay & Glass & Gallery” in the budding Arts Community of Warkworth. She works full time making pots and teaching in her studio adjacent to the gallery.

Alexander Kastulin goblet

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 Mann potteryElsa’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 pottery

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.

Jonathan Harper pottery

List of Potters for 2015:

Carmen Abdallah, Val-David, Quebec ...
Monica Adamo,
John and Carol Bandurchin, Baltimore
Lauren Blakey,
Shelley Boa, Guelph
Janette Bogart, Kitchener
Jay Burn, Stratford
Shu-Chen Cheng,
Ciccarelli, Kristen,
Becky DeLeo, Waterloo ...
Iris Dorton, Guelph ...
Melissa Farquhar, Rockwood...
Murray Fox, Kitchener
April Gates,
Jennifer Graham, Stratford...
Christie Gruppe, Brantford
Jonathan Harper, Waterdown
Stephen Hawes, Wateloo ...
Chris Hierlihy, Guelph...
Janus, Eden
Monica Johnston, Warkworth...
Maria Jozwiakowski, Kitchener
Alexander Kastulin, Toronto...
Hannun Lyn, Toronto...
Lisa Marcus, Kitchener
Dale Mark, Burlington
Angela McKay,
Jennifer Miceli, Guelph...
Carol Ann Michaelson, Glen Williams ...
Richard Mund, Neustadt
Barb Murphy, Guelph
Jane Neff, Elora
Teresa O'Grady-Dunlop,
Joseph Panacci
, Simcoe
Gail Pasternack, Toronto
Andrea Piller,
Natalie Prevost-Mero, Paris...
BIll Reddick, Peterborough...
Frans Rood, Mississauga...
Bunny Safari, Guelph...
Marcelina Salazar
Melissa Schooley, Windham Centre...
Goldie Sherman, Guelph
Trudy Schulz, Cambridge
Indira Singh, Waterloo
Heather Smit,
Emma Smith,
Timothy Smith, Georgian Bluffs
Jane Snider,
Diane Sullivan,
Ruth Swanson, Ayton...
Pavlov Tsarynny, Rockton...
Greg Voisin, Hamilton
Andrea Vuletin, Chatham
Judith Wilkins, Guelph

PHOTOS of POTTERS and/or their WORK ... place cursor on photo for more information

Monica AdamoCarmen Abdallah Monica AdamoMonica Adamo

Ahsburne potteryJohn and Carol Bandurchin Lauren BlakeyLauren Blakey
Shelley BoaShelley Boa Janette BogartJanette Bogart Jay BurnJay Burn Shu-Chen ChengShu-Chen Cheng

Kristen CiccarelliKristen Ciccarelli

Becky Webster potteryBecky DeLeo Iris DortonIris Dorton Melissa FarquharMelissa Farquhar
Murray FoxMurray Fox April GatesApril Gates Jennifer GrahamJennifer Graham Christie GruppeChristie Gruppe
Jonathan HarperJonathan Harper Stephen HawesStephen Hawes Chris HierlihyChris Hierlihy Theresa GilhulyJanus
monica johnstonMonica Johnston Maria JozwiakowskiMaria Jozwiakowski Alexander KastulinAlexander Kastulin Hannun LynHannun Lyn
Lisa Marcus Dale MarkDale Mark Angela McKayAngela McKay Jennifer MiceliJennifer Miceli
Carol Ann MichaelsonCarol Ann Michaelson Richard MundRichard Mund Barb MurphyBarb Murphy Jane NeffJane Neff
Teresa O'Grady-DunlopTeresa O'Grady-Dunlop

Jospeh PanacciJoseph Panacci

Gail pasternackGail Pasternack

Andrea PillerAndrea Piller
Natalie Prevost-MeroNatalie Prevost-Mero Bill Reddick teapot Bill Reddick Frans RoodFrans Rood Bunny SafariBunny Safari
Marcelina SalazarMarcelina Salazar Melissa SchooleyMelissa Schooley Goldie ShermanGoldie Sherman trudy schultzTrudy Schulz
Indira SinghIndira Singh Heather SmitHeather Smit Emma SmithEmma Smith Timothy SmithTimothy Smith
Jane Snider Diane SullivanDiane Sullivan Ruth SwansonRuth Swanson Pavlo TsarynnyPavlo Tsarynny
Greg VoisinGreg Voisin Andrea VuletinAndrea Vuletin Judith WilkinsJudith Wilkins
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