Now is your chance to join the 3-day Fall Sale November 28-30th at the new location in the new facility at Lansdowne Park.
Guild members and non-members can apply till Sept. 28th 2014, but the sooner the better for a choice location! The fees range from $130 t0 $356 for various space sizes, plus an additional $40 for non-members. ( Look on the left side bar of this page to find out more and to see the application forms.)
Thanks to Bruce Cochrane for selecting the pieces for this years Exhibition and the Award Winners. His comments on each piece are included with the images.
Best In Show: Jocelyn Jenkins
This well thrown decorative plate with a confident and engaging surface treatment stood out amongst the work as I approached the table of entries. A rich and sensitive use of colour with thoughtful composition makes this work clearly worthy of this award.
Juror's Award: Rosemary Swan
Great control of the raku process. Use of bold graphics supporting a monumental form give this object a strong individual presence.
Best Of Expression: Klara Bruehlmann
This precarious stack of birds (which is actually quite stable due to a brilliant support system) is expressive and humorous in its totemic unity as well as the individual expression on each piece. Appropriate use of colour contributes to an expressive and animated gesture.
Best For Use: Jen Drysdale
A well balanced teapot with all appendages in perfect harmony with the body. Comfortable in the hand and no doubt a joy to pour from.
Best Decorated: Lucie Rossignol
Nicely thrown bowl with delicate brushwork, well considered in its placement and beautifully framed by thin green lines. Utility combined with wonderful visual interest.
Craft Ontario Award: Kim Lulashnyk
The seated figure shows a great deal of technical finesse in its structure and composition. Revealing the clay surface and the sensitive textural treatment contributes to its animated qualities. The figure is poised to jump out of the chair at any moment and start dancing.
Fusion Award: Michelle MacDonald
This pitcher set with its bright red interior and subtle exterior glaze cries out for useage. This is not something to be left in the cupboard but used to celebrate a special occasion and left out to server as a decorative object when not in use.
Honourable Mention: Lynn Murphy
Intricately decorated from top to bottom this vessel reveals a degree of risk taking and surface exploration which in itself deserves recognition. Here lies the foundation for great things to come.
Our sale charity this spring is Helping With Furniture", a volunteer-run charitable organization that provides gently-used furniture and household goods to families and individuals in need. In particular, they focus on newcomers to Canada who are living in the Ottawa area.
The following is a little bit more on this wonderful organization. We hope you will look for the charity table and for specially marked pots designated towards HWF. 100% of the proceeds of the sale of those pots will go directly to HWF. Look for the green tags, like the one above!
Helping with Furniture
Since 2005 we have helped more than 850 families and currently have more on a waiting list. Most of our families come to us through referrals from social agencies. They have often fled from conflict and life-threatening situations and arrive in Canada with little more than hope to sustain them. Those who can find housing often spend months with little or no furniture.
Volunteers are always needed to do everything from delivering furniture with our Wednesday night moving crew to helping with the many tasks in preparing for our weekly moves and supporting our operations.
HWF is a registered charity, not affiliated with any religious or political group. We have no paid staff or offices. All cash donations go to cover expenses (gas, storage costs, insurance, etc.) We issue tax receipts for donations of $10 or more."
See you at the sale!
The members of The Ottawa Guild of Potters are invited to a workshop with Anne Chambers exploring Thrown & Altered Forms at the Almonte Potters Guild.
On Sunday, April 6th Anne Chambers will demonstrate throwing and altering techniques with attention to form, proportion, and detail. She will show how and when to manipulate and alter the clay.
PLACE: Almonte Potters Guild, 95 Bridge St, Almonte
TIME: Sunday, April 6th (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) Please bring your lunch
Registration: forward your cheque payable to Almonte Potters Guild, Box 1827, Almonte, ON, K0A 1A0
Deadline: March 28, 2014
Information: Please contact Rona Bloomfield at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-256-2734
Anne Chambers is a well known local potter who has participated in many juried shows and exhibitions over the years and has won numerous awards including Best in Show from The Ottawa Guild of Potters. For more information, visit her website at www.annechambers.ca