Monday, November 29, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Looking for some downtown Christmas shopping? Come to the Barbara Fromm Atrium at the CBC on Thursday 18 to Saturday 20 November to see a great selection of fine craft from some of the best craftspeople in Ontario. I will be there (unfortunately, Fish and Chips can not be there...it's a little to downtown for them!) If you have a chance, please joins us. Admission is free. More details are available at the website for the Moose Show.
I am heading to Picton this next weekend to join my colleagues who make fine craft in a fabulous show! There will be lots of well-crafted work that is ideal for Christmas gift-giving (or for yourselves!) The show is from Friday 5 Nov to Sun 7 November and is at the Community Centre in Picton. Admission is $5. Please join us if you can. More info is available at the website for the Maker's Hand
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
I am joining my fellow artists at the Kingston Glass Studio and Gallery at 56 Queen Street from 7-10 pm on Thursday 23 September to exhibit our art work as part of the big roving party that Downtown Kingston has organized.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
If you are looking for a fun (and free) day in the Thousand Islands this weekend, consider coming to Gananoque for the Up the River Festival. I will be there, with my potter's wheel giving demos and letting folks have a try, on Friday 27 August at the Firehall Theatre from 10 am - 3 pm.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
This is it – the biggest craft party of the year!
It’s all about supporting Ontario’s craft community, and you can get in on the excitement by enjoying delightful drinks and delicious treats while bidding on fabulous one-of-a-kind handcrafted items and gift certificates to the best restaurants and hottest shows in town in our silent auction. Gear up, let loose and celebrate the night away – shake it up with a crafty martini or on the dance floor – either way you’ll help get craft on the map by raising funds in support of OCC programs and exhibitions.
Join us May 5th, 2010
7:30 pm, at Thrush Holmes Empire, 1093 Queen Street West in the heart of downtown Toronto.
Tickets are just $25 and won’t last long! Get yours today by ordering securely and safely through the OCC or by calling 416.925.4222 ext. 223
Sunday, April 11, 2010
if you are an artist and if you are thinking..."do I need to collect the new HST?" or "should I bother to collect the new HST?" Here is a workshop put on my CARFAC in Ottawa on 26 April.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Several of us were selected to join the Ontario Crafts Council's group booth a One-of-a-Kind Show in Toronto last week. We had a great time and learned lots! We are: Mike Doxey of Banished Moon Pottery in Portland, Isidora Spielmann of Westport, Vincent Perez of Everlovin' Press in Kingston and me, Jane Thelwell of Anglin Bay Pottery in Kingston.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I have been fascinated with the concept of veiling and revealing. One of the celebrated characteristics of thin porcelain is its ability to permit light through. Light often symbolizes the optimistic aspects of hope in the future. The translucent nature of the material also offers to obscure vision. Porcelain can be an agent to both hide and reveal these issues.
This body of work started last spring with an invitation to make and exhibit work as part of the Kingston HIV/AID Regional Services Annual Lantern Festival, which takes place in September in City Park in Kingston. The theme of the art exhibition was Resilience, which is a great inspirational topic for people dealing with HIV. The artwork had to be illuminated as lanterns: by candle, not electricity. I chose to focus on what eventually becomes the terminal issue for many HIV patients: infection from bacteria and viruses (some of the most resilient species on the planet). The process by which single-celled animals reproduce and ensure their place in eternity is termed mitosis. My work is a hopeful comment on the physical and mental resilience of patients in the face of these resilient bugs. Thin porcelain is inlaid with rice, which when burnt out in the kiln, gives the appearance of bacteria in a Petri dish under a microscope. Until the lantern is lit from inside, the bacteria effect is not really that noticeable (this is why I have left it unglazed). Once lit, the bacteria are revealed. The metalwork was done by Stefan Duerst.
As an extension of this work, this winter, I have taken the idea from these outdoor lawn lanterns (candle-lit) and convert them into indoor table lamps (electrical). These lamps project fairly bold light up to the ceiling, while sending diffused light with very soft slightly lighter dots to the surrounding walls. The soft wobbly organic rim and form contrast with the more hard linear nature of the base. I am making clay bases for some of the lamps and have collaborated with Randy Doner on metal lamp bases.
I also submitted the shade portion of the lamps to OKWA's exhibition this winter which is just finishing at the Kingston Public Library.
This project started as an artistic response to social and cultural concerns of the ravages of disease, and with an optimistic intent, it has translated into a handcrafted object for everyday use in the home.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
All kinds of great stuff came out of the gas kiln today!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Unfortunately, I missed the Organization Of Kingston Women Artists Juried Show opening on Sat afternoon at the Kingston Library, http://www.okwa.ca/, because I was up in Smiths's Fall's for a meeting with the Ontario Crafts Council for their Spring 2010 One-of-a-Kind project, http://occatooak.blogspot.com/ .