Fired Up: March 2014

OGP Meeting: April 7

OGP Member Monica Rosenthal will talk about her experience at Haystack in Maine last summer.

Great Bowls of Fire 2014: Another great year

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Dear Guild Members:

We are very proud of the Great Bowls of Fire success of this our ninth year.  You may remember that sales started off slowly, but they didn’t stop and one hour before the doors opened on March 8th, there were already people lining up to find their way to the bowl room to select a treasured bowl. I have attached a shot of the excited crowd waiting to pick up their soup bowl and a second shot of the diners.  Bowl makers, we salute you too – for taking up the challenge of making 25 (and more) appealing bowls that would be star attractions of the event. They include Prudence Au, Carolyn Ault, Annette Birmingham, Sue-Ann Blakely, Lara Charlebois, Wendy He, John Kobzey, Michele Macdonald, Cathy Payne, Carolynnne Pynn-Trudeau, Jane Snyder, Steve Sanger and Deb Ducharme.  Three cheers for you all.

This year, we were more proactive in free advertising and had your assistance in connecting with social media, print and television media to get the word out that we still had tickets. The Food Bank added their connections to ours too. Craig Pederson of Il Primo restaurant was most helpful in selling tickets, also accepting to be on Rogers Daytime and in using social media to spread the word. Sheila from Thyme and Again did a spot on D is for Dining on CBC Radio, and our talented, but modest teacher Colette showed Derick Fage of Rogers on  Daytime TV how to make a pinch pot in nine minutes.  This was a great success- because the bowl sold for $50 – not bad for a first pot!  (Of course, he is the best auctioneer and pointed out all the merits of the bowl, including his signature.)

All the restaurants gladly put up their posters and brought their wonderful soup concoctions to an enthusiastic crowd of diners – who again and again lined up for these treats.  You can try savour their soups again during the year:  The restaurants were Il Primo, Thyme and Again, Absinthe, Lazy Pickle, Stone Soup Foodworks, StoneFace Dolly’s, Joy of Gluten Free, Wellington Gastropub, Town and Side Door.

To round out the meal, other donors should be recognized for their contributions:  Costcos at Kanata and Merivale, Farm Boy at Kanata and Signature Centre, FreshCo, Loblaws at Bells Corners and Isabella, Metro and Starbucks also at Bells Corners, Goodie’s Fine Catering, ACE Bakery, Rideau Bakery, Trillium Bakery and the Joy of Gluten Free.

As a prelude to the event, we want to thank the trio Canto Sentimento Strings which serenaded the crowd as the soups heated in their cauldrons and they wandered the hall checking out the menus and the auction table.  Again, I want to salute Derick Fage for his continued support and for his help in making the dinner and auction, the exciting events that they are.

Once our hunger subsided, and coffee, tea and desserts collected, Derick began the called auction, while the silent auction continued.  Wade Vienneau and Meghna Sharma set up the auction table and kept an eye on the bidding.

Many thanks to those artists who offered ceramic pieces for the bidding – The receipts from the auction were also a record – over $2200. Alenka Paquet, Klara Bruehlmann, Sarah Hand, Michelle Bishop, Paula Murray, Carol Holmes-Kerr, Sandra Marshall, Ginger McCoy, Janet Keefe, Hanne Lawrence, Deb Ducharme, Sue-Anne Blakely, Kim Lulashnyk, Monica Rosenthal, Steve Sanger, Debbie McLeod, Dini van den Berg, Donna Bowen-Willer, Carolynne Pynn-Trudeau and Cathy Payne. Cathy’s  salad bowl was the star of the auction, in dramatic bidding war that reached $350!

We have also to recognize the work of so many behind the scenes –all those who promoted the event on social media;  Sarah Hand for again offering us storage space and her credit machine from Capital Pottery;  Klara and the kitchen workers who stocked and maintained the tables, water jugs and washed bowls; To the crew who set up the stage, tables and chairs, table coverings and cutlery and helped pack them up store them at the end.  The greeters who met our customers with smiles and directed them to the various goodies. The bowl room crew and ticket takers and cashiers who kept pace with the extra bowl orders and auction items. Anne Chambers who picked up the bowls and photographed tem so beautifully; To Ileana Tierney who designed and produced the posters, programmes and tickets; To Food Bank volunteers who helped us clean up at the end of the event. Also thank you to Glebe Neighbourhood Association Group for the use of their stage;  Allegra Printing Carling for providing our printed materials at no cost; for Party Tyme for a rental discount.

Thank you all and to our customers whose enthusiasm keeps us going.

Now, I am sure you will be amazed at how much Great Bowls will be contributing to the Ottawa Food Bank this year– almost $19,400, which is a record. What lies ahead 2015?

Ann, Klara and Sandra have now completed 3 years in our positions as coordinators of the event and that we ask other members to come to speak to us about joining this effort for next year.

Your Great Bowls of FIre Coordinating Committee

Sandra Marshall, Ann Rae, Klara Bruehlmann, Colette Beardall, Shirley Lawrence

OGP Annual Spring Sale: April 10 -13

The Sales Cttee. is kicking off its Spring Sale and Exhibition with ads in “Our Town”  appearing in the Citizen, and on Monday we are on CTV Morning Show (at 9:15) with Issac Fouchard (a veritable Wizard) doing a demonstration and Lara Charlebois and Kim Lulashnyk showing some wares and informing the viewers about the sale.  We are also doing a radio Ad throughout the week on Hot 89.9 – I’ve sent out the ad (see the attachment) – have a listen.  A reminder for people on Twitter and Facebook to please send out the link to our website.  Plus we have great Door Prizes from St. Martha’s Brassiere and Darcy McGees and donations from our very creative potters – plus a bag of my“Famous Fudge”.  If you have been thinking of joining us there is still time – or if you don’t have enough product – talk to us – we are very accommodating.  E-mail Kristen at  and she will send out all the information needed.

Irene Corey – your Sales Cttee. Chair – See you at the Sale.

Membership Renewals

The Guild’s year end of May 31 is fast approaching with only 2 meetings remaining; on April 7 & the AGM on May 5.  Members are encouraged to renew prior to June 1st. Fees are unchanged at $40 for a Single & $60 for a Family membership.

Application Form is located on the website under the “Apply” tab, in the left hand column –

Print out the form, complete it and either mail it or bring it to May 5 meeting with either cash or cheque.   If you renew by the May meeting you will be able to borrow library materials for the summer using your new 2015 membership/library card.

Isobel Salole

Membership Secretary

“Young at Art” Bursary Selectionn and Awards

As I mentioned at our meeting last week, the Young at Art bursary is being given out again this year in May. Prior to the awards are the opportunities to view the work and make selections. I am looking for people to help me with the judging and would welcome anyone who is able to give a bit of their time. In addition, I need someone to take on the responsibility for April 24th selections in Kanata and the award presentation on May 15th as I am unable to go those days due to the time and prior commitments.  The bursary is one of the wonderful things the Guild does for the youth in our community. Come and be a part of the experience!

Here are the dates for each of the 3 locations:

Kanata: Mlacak Centre Kanata Civic Art Gallery

– Judging time is Thurs. April 24, 2014 from 10am-1pm.

– Awards ceremony: Monday May 12, 2014 at 7:30pm.

Orleans: Shenkman Trinity Gallery

– Judging time: Fri. April 25, 2014 from 2-7pm.

– Awards ceremony: Thursday May 15, 2014 at 7:30pm.

Centrepointe: Centrepointe Atrium

– Judging time: Mon. April 28, 2014 from 2-7pm.

– Awards ceremony: Tuesday May 13, 2014 at 7:30pm.

Please let me know if you would be interested in coming with me to the selection round and if you are interested in filling in for me on the 24th and 15th (see above).

With thanks,

Kirstin Davidson

OGP Bursary and Charity Coordinator

Current Events and Opportunities

Gloucester Pottery School

Level 1 (in-depth)  –  $237

This course is an in-depth introductory wheel course. Class duration 2.5 hours for 8 consecutive weeks.  Ages:16 to adult

Instructor: Debbie McLeod Instructor: Danièle Stewart Instructor: Danièle Stewart

Code: WHEEL1.401 Code: WHEEL1.402 Code: WHEEL1.403

April 22 to June 10 April 22 – June 10 April 23 – June 11

Tuesdays: 12:30 pm – 3:00pm Tuesdays: 7:00pm to 9:30pm Wednesdays: 7:00pm to 9:30pm

Instructor: Steve Capyk Instructeur: Isaac Fouchard – français

Code: WHEEL1.405 Code: WHEEL1.404F

April 24 – June 12 25 avril – 13 juin

Thursdays: 7:00pm to 9:30pm vendredi: 19h à 21h30

Level 1.5 – $237

This course is aimed at students who have completed Level 1 and wish to advance, but still require more guidance from the instructor for the full 2 1/2 hour class. Ages:16 to adult.

Instructor: John Ikeda Instructor: Carolynne Pynn-Trudeau Instructor: Isaac Fouchard (bilingual)

Code: WHEEL105.401 April 22 – June 10 Code: WHEEL105.402 April 23 – June 11 Code: WHEEL105.403B
Tuesdays: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm Wednesdays: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm April 24 – June 12

Thursdays: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Level 2/3 – $237

This course is for students who have completed two to three courses on the wheel and who can consistently throw a cylinder as high as it is wide. Emphasis will be placed on improving throwing skills and exploring surface decoration. Some materials included. Prequisite Level 1.5. 16-adult.

Instructor: Debbie Mcleod

Code: WHEEL203.401 April 22 – June 10

Tuesdays: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Pontiac Studio Tour

June 7-8 and June 14-15

819 647-2291   1-800-665-5217 (Info-Pontiac)

Almonte Potters Guild Workshop:

The Almonte Potters Guild invites you to learn the techniques of thrown and altered forms with Anne Chambers.

PLACE:  Almonte Potters’ Guild , 95  Bridge St. Almonte

TIME:  Sunday April 6th from 10:00-4:00 (bring a lunch)

COST:  Members $50     Non-members $75

Registration: Cheque payable to Almonte Potters Guild and mailed to Box 1827 Almonte On. K0A 1A0 by March 28 Information: Contact Rhona Bloomfield or 613-256-2734

Courses offered by Anne Chambers:

For more information see

Summer Pottery Retreat 2014

In its fifth year, once again I will be teaching the popular week long summer courses Monday to Friday July 14 – 18 and 21 – 25, 10 am – 4 pm. It is best if the student knows how to center the clay. Course cost is $325, clay $30 per bag.
July 14 – 18th Slow Down and Focus on the Details

Focusing on pots that contain we will throw or hand-build functional vessels and forms. Learn simple and complex construction methods along with surface decoration.
July 21 – 25th I’ve made a pot now what….Let’s Embellish

As we create pieces during the week the main focus will be on decoration and embellishment to your work at every stage of the process.

Gas Firing and How to Glaze Workshop

Date: June 14 – 15th 10 – 5 pm Saturday/Sunday my studio  Cost: $150

Saturday: glaze your ^10 pots and load the gas kiln.  Sunday: learn about reduction the how, why and when and using an oxy probe.  While the gas kiln is firing we will try out more complicated glazing techniques, latex, wax, spraying, how to layer glazes to enhance your pot.

Carolynne Pynn-Trudeau Summer Workshops:


Maximum three students per workshop.

June 23-27, 2014:  Beginner FULL

July 7-11, 2014:  Beginner

July 21-25, 2014: Intermediate

August 11-15, 2104; Intermediate

For Information please contact: Carolynne Pynn-Trudeau,

Pinecroft Studio – Alymer ON

Go Big or Go Home! -Tony Clennell

March 15,16

This hands on weekend workshop with Tony Clennell will focus on larger than life utilitarian pottery for occasional use. We will pay attention to the details on large casseroles, pitchers, bowls and plates so they may be used for celebration and presentation. Intermediate to Advanced – Price $150 plus hst

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Animated Functional Ware – Dan Finnegan

PB290857 ‘Animated’ is an apt word to describe a workshop that intends to challenge participants to make useful pots with character! An interesting pot needs a suitable surface so we will spend the week working with colored slips. We will brush, dip, comb, resist, trail and pour slips as we build 025up layers of decoration on the surface of pots while they remain wet or leatherhard. Cost is $500 plus a Studio Fee of $35 and HST


Shino First! – Tony Clennell

The cardinal rule when glazing is shino first!  Shino has to be first or it will reject all other glazes. After over 15 years experience with this maverick glaze as my one and only glaze I have learned how to achieve all the colours of the rainbow with a high temperature shino glaze.  Open to all levels Date: June 23rd to 28th Cost is $500 plus a Studio/Materials Fee of $50 and HST.


A Colored Clay Revolution
Chris Campbell

I teach coloring clay, creating secondary colors, fading colors, the Skinner Method of blending colors, creating canes and patterns, and using ccampbell-canes_medthese patterns in work. Workshops are suitable for all levels of clay experience. This will be a Hands on Workshop Date: June 14 – 18, 2014 Cost is $500.00 plus HST


Cool Down! Surface Decoration and Reduction Cool
Susan Harris

This weeklong workshop focuses on textured and embellished three-dimensional surfaces for both utilitarian and palace pots. Students will explore many ways to quickly create original and personalized texturing stamps from clay and soft plastic materials.  Date: July 7th to 11th,  2014 Cost: $500 + $50 Material Fee + HST


Haliburton School of the Arts

From painting and quilting to knitting, potting, spinning and more, there’s something for everyone at the Haliburton School of The Arts. Beginners to professionals and children to adults can choose from more than 300 creative options in the 2014 schedule. In addition to our Haliburton location, there are also opportunities at Bark Lake in Irondale, Fleming College’s Peterborough Campus, OCAD University in Toronto and McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg.

Visit for the full listing of courses, workshops and instructors. We would be grateful if you would share this information with members of your group. They may enjoy a creative escape!

Questions? Email us or call 1.866.353.6464 X3.

Workshops with Dan Hill – Wilno ON

2 day Soda Firing Workshops. Workshop dates are July 5th & 6th and Oct. 18th & 19th.

The participants will bring 8-10 pieces of bisque ware made from a ^6 clay body to Hill Pottery Studio where, with my input, they will decorate and glaze their pieces using my slips and glazes. The decorated works will then be strategically loaded into  2 gas fired kilns. One of the kilns is a 7 cu. ft. converted electric and the other is a 30 cu. ft. downdraft.

During the second day of the workshop we will fire off the 2 kilns and I will discuss and demonstrate the techniques and aesthetics involved in the production of Soda Fired Pottery. The movement of flame and soda within the kiln will impart itself on the clay and glazed surfaces with subtleties of colour and texture that can breath life into the fired clay.

For more information please go to  and click on the workshops heading or email Dan Hill –  Phone no. 613 756 9283

Experimental Farm Craft Sale

We are pleased to invite you to participate in our Spring Craft and Bake Sale on Saturday, April 26, 2014. A popular fundraiser for the Friends of the Farm, the sale will be held on the main floor of Building 72, which is located in the Arboretum of the Central Experimental Farm. The sale runs from 10 am to 4 pm. The event coordinator will assign tables on a first-come, first-served basis, as well as the type of merchandise to be sold. Space is limited to 22 tables so get your application in early to secure a spot. For more information: Donna Pape, Tel: 613-230-3276 Fax: 613-230-1238, E-mail:  Charitable Number 118913565RR0001

West Carleton Arts Society Conference:

Spring in the Art II 2014 Art Conference: An exploration of ideas about creation and promotion of art. Organized by the West Carleton Arts Society. April 12, 8:45 a.m.- 4:15 p.m. Info:

FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association

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!

Fusion Board

FUSION is currently seeking applications/nominations to fill available positions on the current Board of Directors. Board members are expected to attend board meetings, as well as participate in planning and continued growth of our organization. If any FUSION member is interested in serving on the Board or know of someone who might be a qualified board member candidate, please contact the FUSION office at


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:

The Ottawa School of Art (OSA)

Now accepting proposals of current or proposed work for the 2015 exhibition season for both its ByWard campus gallery and Orleans campus gallery. Artists working in all media are invited to submit proposals. Group exhibition proposals are also accepted. Deadline for Submissions:  4:30 PM Friday, April 25, 2014

For more details regarding the submission please call: Cathy Brake at the Ottawa School of Art Byward Campus
613-241-7471 x 27 Nadine Argo at the Ottawa School of Art Orleans Campus 613-580-2765


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