November 14-17, 2013 at the Shenkman Arts Centre
October 5 & 6, 2013
Spend a weekend discovering exciting approaches to capture the spirit and vigor of animals in paper clay with acclaimed ceramist Susan Halls.
"We are lucky she is willing to share this weekend with us and assist us in our endeavour to try something different or experiment with a different approach to our present work. Techniques that can be applied in other parts of our making and our thinking will be helpful to say the least." -- Colette Beardall
Registration ends September 20th.... Act soon to reserve your spot!
The Ottawa Guild of Potters is hosting an Exhibition in celebration of their 40th anniversary at the City of Ottawa Archives Gallery continuing until October 4, 2013.
Members of the Guild were encouraged to submit their best, most creative work that has not been exhibited before, to demonstrate the wide range of talent of the Guild. The range of pieces on display will be functional, decorative and sculpture. Each piece is unique, making it ideal as a gift or to add to your personal collection.
Where: City of Ottawa Archives Gallery, James Bartleman Centre, 100 Tallwood Dr
Hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm and Saturdays 10am - 5pm
Parking and wheelchair access
The Opening Reception will be held on August 29 6-8 pm. Everyone is welcome to celebrate with us and meet the exhibiting artists. Exhibition continues until October 4, 2013.
La Guilde des potiers vous invite à célébrer son 40ième anniversaire, le jeudi 29 août de 18 h à 21h.
Venez célébrer avec nous et rencontrer les artistes aux Archives de la ville d'Ottawa, 100, ch. Tallwood (coin Woodfroffe, près de Centrepointe).
Accès pour chaises roulantes et stationnement sur place.
Parlez-en à vos amis et membres de votre famille, tous sont les bienvenus.
general members meetings
The Ottawa Guild of Potters has a new meeting venue: The Hintonburg Community Center.
We outgrew the space at the Nepean Visual Arts Center; they no longer could provide storage for our library. Our library is a fundamental resource we provide our membership therefore finding a space to accommodate the library was critical. The decision was rather elementary based on budgetary and storage requirements with only the Hintonburg Community Center meeting our criteria.
The Hintonburg Community Centre, at 1064 Wellington St, Ottawa, K1Y 2Y3, will provide us with a large meeting room, storage for our library, plenty of parking and accessibility by bus. It is centrally located within the vibrant and active arts community of Hintonburg -- in fact it has declared itself to be Ottawa's first true arts district under the name of "The Quad".
Mark your calendars!
The first General Members meeting for the 2014 year will be on Monday, September 9, 2013 at 7:30 to 9:00 pm; the library will be open prior to the meeting from 7:00 to 7:30 pm.
As part of the Ottawa Guild of Potters' 40th anniversary, we proudly present work by the early Guild members, as well as some recent work by present day members. Help us to find and add images of their work to these Recollections.
Kay Walker is a founder of the Guild and a past president. One of her fellow potters has offered a delicate needlework and ceramic pincusion to display in this Recollection. Kay received an award from the Ontario Guild of Potters for her work.
The Ottawa Guild of Potters began as a socially minded organization - In 1973, the year that the Guild was founded, Kay Walker and Marguerite Finn, with Tim Thibeault an important catalyst, established Crossroads, a co-op type of pottery studio and storefront on Wellington St. near Holland Ave. The name was a nod to the fact that the members came from many corners of Canada and farther afield, including Newfoundland, the Prairies, United States and Great Britain.
Other early members of Crossroads who joined in the early years included Jennifer Ryder-Jones, Carolynne Pynn (Trudeau), Maggie Wall, Glen Dunning, Jim Thomson, Maureen Marcotte, David Mackenzie, Barbel Helmert, Maggie Cox. Around this time, Kay Walker, Marguerite Finn, Rosemary Swan, Mimi Cabri and others of the co-op met at Ingrid Levene's home to organize the Guild. Richard Gill, Leta Cormier, Jenny Cookson, Janet Dugan, Dorothy Bongo, Chris McKewen, Anita Hamilton and Leslie Germain were other early Guild alumni.
" Saw some spectacular display pieces at the Ottawa Guild of Potters show at the Shenkman Centre Thursday night. Also some quietly lovely pieces that would add to any table setting. I thought there was more use of texture this spring--interesting. As usual, the prices were incredibly good..."