Fired Up: January 2014

Letter from the President

I hope everyone survived the holiday season and that Santa bought you some nice surprises.

Mother Nature challenged us for our first meeting this year by giving us freezing rain and a flash freeze to prevent us from getting quorum in order to elect our new Vice President.  However, as with the other things we have had to overcome since the beginning of our fiscal year, we will persevere and prevail.  In my absence, our Past President, Prudence, will try again at our February meeting to instate Wade Vienneau as our new VP.

I want to congratulate all of our members who completed the FUSION mentorship program with a wonderful exhibition of their creations at Trinity gallery at the Shenkman Arts Centre.  Leta Cormier did an outstanding job as mentor and this was obvious in the level of work that was on display.  For those who missed the opening, the exhibit continues until February 12/14.

And while on the topic of FUSION, we will also be drawing the names of the 2 people who will be sponsored by the guild to attend the FUSION conference in Peterborough on May 30 – June 1/14.  This year it features Jennifer McCurdy and Katherine Koop.

Please note that if you hold a position or are on a committee, you are entitled to TWO ballots to win a free registration for the FUSION conference, so don’t miss the February meeting!

Our Spring Sale and Holiday dates have been set for April 10 – 13 and November 20 – 23.  Please watch for registration for the Spring Sale and start doing the thing we all love doing most, making pots!

Carol Holmes-Kerr


February Meeting: Monday February 3, 2014

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Diana Jackson

will present “Pit firing and saggar firing in electric kiln”.

Diana will be presenting a slide show and talking about both the process of saggar firing in an electric kiln and pit firing using copper carbonate and salts along with organic materials to fume and impregnate the clay body with flashes of colour.  The process, from preparation of pots, to firing to finishing will all be discussed.  There will be images from two recent workshops and she will bring samples of both electric fired and pit fired pieces. For more information or to see more of Diana’s work go to her website at:

Great Bowls of Fire: March 8, 2014

New members may not be aware of the enthusiasm that this charity event at the Glebe Community Centre generates in the public. Last year about $17,000 was raised by the event for The Ottawa Food Bank. In 2014, the event will take place on March 8th.

Serenaded by local musicians, our eager customers are ushered into a room lined with bowls by Guild members to select their favourite soup bowl, then they proceed to the main hall where they wait at their tables until the soups are piping hot and ready to be served by some of Ottawa’s best restaurants, with accompanying breads by local bakeries. The foodstuffs are offered to us for free!

Your three dedicated Great Bowls of Fire coordinators are back again to ask for your continued support. For those of you who were at our first meeting at the Hintonburg Community Centre, you will remember that we had an enthusiastic response from our soup bowl makers, who will each be making 25 bowls to be offered to the guests at our 9th annual Great Bowls of Fire event on the 8th of March 2014. These generous people are: Carolynne Pynn Trudeau, Jane Snider, Annette Birmingham, Sue-ann Blakely, Prudence Au, Michele Macdonald, Cathy Payne, Wendy He, Alenka Paquet, Lara Charlebois, and Carolyn Ault. An image of each of their bowls will be featured on the event poster, as in previous years.

To carry out this charitable undertaking on Saturday March 8th, many hands are needed during the afternoon and into the evening. We will again need volunteers to greet and guide the customers, to set up the long tables and chairs for 350 guests, set up a small stage for the musicians and master of ceremonies, set up the display of donated works for the live and silent auctions, set up the soup bowl displays, gather the donated foodstuffs, act as cashier, auction runners, kitchen staff for washing bowls and setting out donated food and drinks. Then at the end of the evening, about 8:30 pm, we need to remove this furniture and clean up. As you can imagine, we would be grateful for all the help that you can offer.

We would also appreciate the donation of ceramic items for the auctions. Bowls, tureens, platters, mugs, vases, sculpture and jewelry have all found enthusiastic purchasers thanks to our members’ donations, increasing our gift to the Food Bank. *

At our next meeting on Monday, we will be sending around a sign-up sheet for volunteers, but if you cannot make it to the meeting and wish to volunteer now, please send an email to with your name, telephone number and preferred task, if you have one. If you prefer, you can call and leave a message at 613-792-3721.

Your Great Bowls of Fire Coordinators,

Klara Bruehlmann, Ann Rae, Sandra Marshall

Fusion Mentorship Program TRANSITIONS

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FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association

is proud to announce the FUSION Mentorship Exhibition  Ottawa Regions “Transitions”

January 9 to February 11, 2014, Daily from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Trinity Art Gallery, Salon B, Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Lower Level,

Mentor Leta Cormier introduces the Exhibition:

The pieces were produced during a ten month Mentorship Program offered in the Ottawa Region by FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association. The FUSION Mentorship Programs provide professional development for practicing clay artists by connecting them with accomplished artist/educators and a peer group of practicing artists. It was my pleasure to lead the Ottawa program. Throughout the program artists were encouraged to develop, explore and refine new ideas and approaches to their work. The work presented here and in the exhibition represents the dedication and effort each of the artists was able to bring to their work and to the support of their mentorship colleagues. The Ottawa Mentorship Program began in September of 2012 with each artist establishing and articulating an intentional focus for their work. The mentorship group met every five weeks throughout the program to review progress and receive feedback. At each meeting the artists had an opportunity to present their evolving work. Everyone was encouraged to ask questions. As a result, a mutually

supportive atmosphere, open spirit of inquiry and a sharing of experience and information encouraged each of the artists to challenge and deepen their independent explorations. I congratulate the artists on the progress each has made during the Ottawa FUSION Mentorship Program and I thank them for their commitment and participation. My hope is that as a result of this mentorship experience each has gained a deeper understanding of their own fundamental resources that they can draw upon to help sustain and further develop their practice as they continue their creative journey.

Leta Cormier

Mentor of the FUSION Mentorship Program – Ottawa Region

Participating Artists:

Colette Beardall, Michelle Bishop, Diana Jackson, Victoria Jenkins, Janet Keefe, Sandra Marshall, Marie Paquette,
Ann Randeraad, Jane Thelwell, Ileana Tierney.

Into the Wild Exhibiton

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AOE Gallery, Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum BoulevardJanuary 11 to February 12, 2014

On Exhibit Jan 11 to Feb 12, Mon – Fri, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


About the Show

A mutual appreciation for the beauty of wildlife and an interest in nature conservation resulted in the pairing of works for the exhibition, “Into the wild”. Photographer Barbara Adams and sculptor Sandra Marshall portray the power of nature through two and three dimensional perspectives. Capturing texture, movement, and expression, these different mediums reveal a unique point of view of distant landscapes and its fauna.

With more than 35 years of photographic experience, Barbara Adams found inspiration for this show while on safari in Tanzania. Not only is she passionate about nature photography, she is also an activist for the protection of wildlife, and is the Chair of the Environment Committee for the North American Nature Photography Association. Barbara Adams on Flickr

Contrastingly, Sandra Marshall brings her skilled experience in ceramic sculpture with a focus in hand-building to this joint show. Her art training as a young student at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is where she realized the undeniable pleasure of self-expression. Presently, Sandra expresses her love of nature and her interest in the animals relating to Darwinian evolutionary theory.

Current Events and Opportunities

FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association

FUSION Mentorship Exhibition “Push”

The Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario

November 23, 2013 – January 20, 2014

FUSION presents Fireworks 2013

Thames Art Gallery

75 William Street North, Chatham, Ontario N7M 4L4

Nov 29 – Jan 12, 2013

2014 FUSION Annual Conference

featuring Kathryne Koop and Jennifer McCurdy.

Fleming College, Peterborough, Ontario.

May 30 – June 1, 2014

For more information about the presenters, workshops, conference schedule, accommodations, to register online, and more… visit: Early Birds Can Win!! All Conference Registrations received by Friday, February 28, 2014 will be entered in a draw for a chance to win a piece by Kathryne Koop!


Kitchener Waterloo Community Theatre

9 Princess Street East, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2H4

February 15/16, 2014 9:00 am to 5 pm

Cathi Jefferson will start the weekend with an overview of her 40 years of making in clay, her inspirations, and progression. Over the course of the weekend she will throw, alter, and assemble a variety of pieces: yunomis, mugs, latte cups, cruet, teapot, an upside down bowl, and do some slab building. She will discuss her salt firing process, as well as her underlying views about principles of form, movement, and functional considerations in her work. This will be a weekend of stunning visual presentation and inspired making by one of Canada’s greatest ceramic artists.


Studio for Rent:

Hintonburg studio space available Jan. 1.  Contact:

Call for Interest:

Gladstone Clayworks is accepting new applications for membership. Contact:

Call to Artists to and Artisans

Partners of the Jordan Art Gallery are actively looking for artists and makers working in 3D media to submit an application for consideration. An established venue (13 years) located in the high tourist area of quaint and historic Jordan Village, in Niagara, On. The selected partner will have floor space footage and contribute to the gallery by working 2-3 days per month as well as contribute to the business. For further information and selection criteria please contact: or 905 562 6680

Gloucester Pottery School

Introduction to Ceramics – $237

Code: HANDWHEEL.201B  Jan 28 to Mar 18, Tuesdays: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Code: HANDWHEEL.202B  Jan 30 to Mar 20, Thursdays: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Level 1 (in-depth):

Code: WHEEL1.201, Jan 28 to Mar 18, Tuesdays: 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Code: WHEEL1.202 , Jan 29 to Mar 19, Wednesdays: 7:00pm to 9:30pm

Level 1.5 – $237

Code: WHEEL105.201, Jan 28 to Mar 18, Tuesdays: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Code: WHEEL105.202, Jan 29 to Mar 19, Wednesdays: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Level 2/3 – $237

Code: WHEEL203.20, Jan 28 to Mar 18, Tuesdays: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Nepean Visual Arts Center

Hand Built Vessels:

Thu. 7-9:30 pm Jan 23-Apr 3  853772

Sculptural Handbuilding:

Wed. 7-9:30 pm Jan 22-Apr 2 $288.75 854312

Wheel and Handbuilding Combo:

Tue. 7-9:30 pm Jan 21-Apr 1 854323

Wheel – Level 1:

Mon. 7-9:30 pm Jan 20-Apr 7 $288.75 854363

Wheel – Level 1 and 2:

Tue. 9:30 am-noon Jan 21-Apr 1

Wed. 7-9:30 pm Jan 22-Apr 2 $288.75

Thu. 7-9:30 pmJan 23-Apr 3 $288.75

The Clay and Glass Gallery


The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery is celebrating 20 great years! Help us make the next 20 even more exciting! Join us for The Clay & Glass Gala on March 22, 2014. Tickets $100 Get yours now!  Call 519-746-1882 or visit

The Clay and Glass Gallery Workshops:

Clay Whistle Making

Saturday January 25th, 2014, Cost: $30 + HST per person, 1:00 to 2:00 – Families, 2:30 to 3:30 –Teens and adults

Make a Silver Pendant – Precious Metal Clay and Enamelling Workshop

Thursday, February 6th, 2014, Cost: $75 + HST per person, 6:30 to 10:00pm

Introduction to Paper Clay

Saturdays – February 22, March 1 and March 8, 2014

Cost: $80 + HST per person (paper clay included)

Session 1: Saturday, February 22 • 10:00am to 4:00pm (please bring a lunch)

Session 2: Saturday, March 1 • 12:00 to 2:00pm

Session 3: Saturday, March 8 • 12:00 to 3:00pm


CALL FOR ARTISTS: AOE Arts Council invites visual artists to submit proposals for one-month exhibitions at the AOE Gallery. Individual, duo, and artist collectives are encouraged to apply. The AOE Gallery can accommodate 2D and 3D works. Deadline: Jan. 23. More Information: Contact:

CALL TO ARTISTS: The City of Ottawa’s Public Art Program invites artists to submit proposals to develop, design, and implement a public art commission for the Bingham Park project in Lowertown. Deadline: Feb. 18, 4 p.m.

CALL TO ARTISTS: The City of Ottawa’s Public Art Program invites artists to submit proposals to develop, design, and
implement a public art commission for the Bingham Park project in Lowertown. Deadline: Feb. 18, 4 p.m.

CALL FOR ARTISTS AND ARTISANS: West Carleton Arts Society Fall Show and Sale ‘Expressions of Art’ 2014 is now accepting applications to be part of the event. Deadline to apply: June 1. Contact:


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