Fired Up: November 2013

Letter from the President

Hello Guild members

November was a busy month for many of us throwing and trimming and glazing and firing like fiends to get our work ready for the Holiday sales.

Despite our numbers being down, the Guild Holiday Sale was a success.  I want to extend our thanks once again to our outgoing Sale Co-ordinator, Debbie McLeod, and her team of volunteers who put it all together.  Well done!  And it was great to see all of the red 40th anniversary shirts worn by the participants.  And we welcome Irene Corey who has taken the plunge to be our new Sale Co-ordinator for the spring sale.

We had a very interesting and informative program presentation by Victoria Jenkins last month about on-glaze decoration.  We are so fortunate to have such talent in our guild and that these artists are willing to share their knowledge with us.  Thank you again Victoria.

We have more good news this month.  Wade Vienneau has offered to fill the position of Vice President!  All we need to do is make it official so please welcome him in his new position.  I’m sure he will do a marvellous job as your new president next year.  Thank you Wade.

It’s been a year of change for many of us.  We have had gains and losses and as we move into  2014 I urge you to focus on the positives and the lessons learned from the negatives.  It really is about how we choose to look at things.  I will leave you with this Charles R. Swindall quote (one of my favourites) to ponder as we enter the holiday season and finish another year.

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes.”

Happy holidays everyone and see you in 2014!

Carol Holmes-Kerr

December Meeting

December 2, 2013 07:30 PM – 09:00 PM — Hintonburg Community Centre

Speaker: Monica Rosenthal will present Fusion Conference 2013 on Jan 06, 2014

Christmas Potluck Dinner

For the Guild’s December meeting we will be having our traditional Christmas Potluck Dinner Meeting. As usual, we ask each person to bring an unwrapped gift for the gift-of-pottery gift exchange. ie – a mug, goblet or any other small treasure that you would like to exchange. (Please bring a business card to undentify your gift)

Since potters are usually great cooks, this is a great time to show off your cooking skills by bringing your favourite dish (finger food or other) that can be served in one of your beautiful handmade pottery serving dish. An evening of fun with great food, nice gifts and a time to get to know each other a little better.

Colette Bourgoin

Your Meeting Host

OGP Holiday Sale 2013

Many volunteers, lots of great works of art, functional and decorative and happy customers. Another great show everyone. There were so many people helping out to make this show a great success. Carol Holmes-Kerr and Colette Beardall gave a great interview prior to the show with CTV ( and provided great coverage for the show and the 40th Anniversary Exhibition. Sandra Marshall organized the Exhibition, promoting the Guild and the Show. Linda Taylor generously assisted members throughout the weekend as Treasurer while training replacements. There are many more who have given time and effort to make this show successful, including those mentioned in the President Message by Carol. The feedback I herd from customers while on cash was all very positive. Many commented on how much they enjoyed the show, the location and the variety of the work.

Fired Up: November 2013

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Current Events and Opportunities

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Gloucester Pottery School

BazArt: Pottery Sale and Baz’ART

Final Day: Sunday December 1: 11 am – 5 pm

Figureworks 2013

If you haven’t had a chance to see the show the final day is Sunday Dec. 1: 10 am – 2 pm

St. Brigids Centre for the Arts, 310 St. Patrick Street, Ottawa

Gladstone Clayworks Holiday Sale

Sunday December 8, 2013, 10 am – 4 pm – 949B Gladstone Avenue

Enter a draw for a chance to recieve a free mug. Winner will be announced on Facebook Dec. 15

Originals Christmas Craft Sale Ottawa

December 12-22 (Closed Monday December 16th)

Ernst and Young Centre

Studio for Rent

Hintonburg studio space available Jan. 1.  Contact:

Call for Interest

Gladstone Clayworks is accepting new applications for membership. Contact:

FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association

is proud to announce the FUSION Mentorship Exhibition “Push”.
The Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario
November 23, 2013 – January 20, 2014

Opening: November 28, 7 – 9 pm

Holiday Pop-Up Craft Shop

December 6 – 24, 2013 Opening Preview: Thursday, December 5, 6:30-9:30pm
Ontario Crafts Council Gallery  |  990 Queen St. W.  |  Toronto, ON

Monday through Sunday, 11:00am – 7:00pm
Late night shopping Thursdays until 9:00pm

The Clay and Glass Gallery

Visit the Shop at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery for handmade gifts by Canadian artists. Fabulous new items are arriving daily. Check out our wide assortment of glass and ceramic ornaments – some of them are even on sale! Mark your calendars: Members Week December 9 to 15. For one week only, Gallery members receive a 20% discount on all regular priced items in the Gallery Shop. Finish your holiday shopping while supporting Canadian artists. Not a member? Now is a great time to join Find your unique holiday gifts; visit the Shop at 25 Caroline Street North in Waterloo today.


CALL TO ARTISTS: The Holiday Fundraising Art Sale is open to all active members in good standing with the Ottawa School of Art. Deadline: Nov. 22 and Nov. 23, 2013, 10 a.m-3 p.m. Drop-off artwork at either the Byward Market Campus or the Orléans Campus.

CALL TO ARTISTS: Phillipines Forward, a fundraising event in support of victims of Typhoon Haiyan, is seeking art donations. All proceeds will go to UNICEF Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Relief Fund. The event will take place Dec. 4, 5-10 p.m. Shenkman Arts Centre, Orléans. Contact:

STILL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY: Presented by CUAG, workshop with Justin Wonnacott. Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Carleton University Art Gallery. Register:

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Open call for Cube Gallery’s “Warmth” exhibition. Exhibition will be in Feb 2014. Deadline to submit: Dec. 20.  For more information:

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