Fired Up: April 2014

OGP Annual General Meeting


President's Message

It’s been quite a year of change for our guild.  In June 2013 we were informed by the Nepean Sportsplex that the Visual Arts Centre would no longer have room for our library cabinets and offered us a cupboard for our library if we continued to hold our meetings there.  It was clear that this arrangement would not work, so most of the executive canvased various venues and finally found the Hintonburg Community Centre (HCC) on Wellington St.  They agreed to space one of our library cabinets and provide us meeting space at the same rate as NVAC.  They have been more than accommodating and we hope this will continue in the future.

Because we had to downsize our library, Liza Westwood and her amazing library committee separated out the most popular publications that are kept at HCC and the remainder was catalogued and is currently kept at Liza’s home.  Don transferred all of the VHS tapes to DVD and Liza and her team has all of the reserve library catalogued on the website.

It was a year of learning for the OGP executive, most of whom were new.  A heartfelt thank you goes to our Past President, Prudence Au, who helped me with procedures and decisions.  I also thank some past executive members who have been valuable sources of information and procedure.

We had some fun in the summer with the Clay Olympics again out at Colette Beardall’s home. It was a day of friendly competitions, group projects and good food and company.  Thank you to Colette and Don for their hospitality.

The summer also featured a special OGP exhibition at the Ottawa Archives celebrating 40 years as a guild.  This was followed by an exhibition by early guild members at the Dust Evans gallery at the Shenkman Arts Centre.

In October the guild hosted a workshop featuring Susan Halls.  It took place at Gladstone Clayworks studio
and the sculptures that were taken home at the end of two days were truly amazing.  In March, Wade Vienneau was elected as Vice President.  I can’t tell you how relieved and grateful Prudence and I were.  Thanks again Wade.

Also in March, we hosted Great Bowls of Fire at the Glebe Community Centre, raising a record setting amount for the food bank.  Many thanks to Sandra Marshall and her team for organizing it and to the guild members that volunteered their time to help.

I want to thank everyone who hung in there and honoured their commitment to keep the guild going this year, despite obstacles and personal differences.  Most of your executive have survived their trial by fire this year and I have no doubt that they will do an outstanding job with Wade at the wheel.  I hope, as do the executive, that this year allows us to focus on strengthening and rejuvenating the guild.

I thank you for you trust and support this year and for the opportunity for personal growth and insight.

Respectfully submitted by

Carol Holmes-Kerr


Executive positions for 2014

  • President - Wade Vienneau
  • Vice President - Seeking Nominations
  • Past President - Carol Holmes-Kerr
  • Secretary - Carol Lim
  • Treasurer - Maja Maricic
  • Membership secretary - Julie Poliquin
  • Workshops and Presentations Chair - Seeking Nominations
  • Exhibitions Chair - Monica Rosenthal
  • Education and Standards Committee Chair - Seeking Nominations
  • Communication and Promotion Chair - Nomination: Andrina Cox
  • Sale Committee Chair - Irene Corey

Please consider volunteering for one of these positions. The Executive would love to have you join the team.

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

Current Events and Opportunities

The Ontario Clay and Glass Association

FUSION Mentorship Workshop 2014 with Linda Sormin

FUSION is proud to announce its next Mentorship Program in the Toronto Region, commencing September 2014. The program will culminate in an exhibition at the Ontario Craft Gallery Fall 2015. This mentorship is intended to be a significant, transformative learning experience for the participating artists. A maximum of fourteen participants will be asked to take creative risks. The mentorship will begin with a session during which participants present their work. Each participant will then be asked to set learning goals and objectives to guide their journey over the next ten months. The group will meet approximately every five weeks to review their progress, participate in group critiques, and revise objectives as necessary.

Linda Sormin will be the mentor of this selected group. Through objects and site-specific installations, Linda Sormin’s work explores issues of fragility, aggression, mobility and survival.

To find out more about Linda and the Fusion Mentorship Program go to:

2014 FUSION Annual Conference

Featuring Kathryne Koop and Jennifer McCurdy.

Fleming College, Peterborough, Ontario.

May 30 - June 1, 2014

Fusion Mug Sale: Please Donate

Every year at the Conference, FUSION holds a mug sale to showcase the talent craftsmanship of Ontario potters as well as raise money for our Scholarship Fund. All proceeds contribute to further educational opportunities for our membership. Each year, FUSION provides a number of awards to ceramic and glass artists in Ontario. You can drop your mug off at the FUSION office at 1444 Queen St. E, Toronto from 10 am - 5 pm, Tuesdays and Fridays, or bring it directly to the Conference at Fleming College, Peterborough on May 29th or 30th at the registration desk or contact the FUSION office at 416-438-8946 to find a drop-off location near you.

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


Annual General Meeting

AOE Arts Council will hold its AGM on Wednesday May 14th from 7 pm to 9 pm in the AOE office and boardroom at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Meet other AOE members, staff and board members. A special announcement will be made at the meeting about a city-wide initiative AOE will be undertaking. The meeting followed by music and refreshments.RSVP by May 7 to

Call to artists for AOE Arts Council’s juried art show: SELECTIONS 2014

SELECTIONS exhibit promotes Ottawa artists by featuring work by its members. In 2013, the vernissage, attended by over 200 guests, included photography, sculpture, painting, wood, fiber, and mixed media art created by 51 artists.

The thirteenth annual juried art show will take place from September 25 to October 21, 2014 in the Trinity Art Gallery at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Owned and operated by the City of Ottawa, the Trinity Art Gallery has a contemporary hanging system, professional lighting and uses both Salons A and B for the show. Opening night on September 25 will provide the public and media with the chance to meet the artists and talk to award recipients. The public will be able to vote for the People’s Choice Award for the duration of the exhibit. SELECTIONS is promoted actively by AOE Arts Council and the City of Ottawa online, through social media, and marketing materials. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday June 4, 2014.  All artists whose work is accepted will be notified no later than July 3st 2014. Apply at:

Pontiac Studio Tour

June 7-8 and June 14-15

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

West carleton Arts society

ART ON THE GRASS CALL:  Call for Artists and Craftspeople, the West Carleton Arts Society will be holding their second summer arts festival, Art on the Grass, (formerly ARTstravaganza), on Saturday August 16, 2014 in the village of Carp. Deadline to reserve an artist space is July 1. Info: Lis Allison (613 832-2156)

Friends of the Farm:

FCEF’s Art on the Farm - Saturday Aug 16, 2014

Art under the trees at the Arboretum. Premier summer event showcases local and regional artists. There isn’t a more beautiful and peaceful setting in Ottawa than under the luxurious canopy of the Arboretum next to Building 72 on the Central Experimental Farm. A wide range of media is accepted. The event is FREE to the public and runs from 10am to 4pm Sat August 16th. Visit: friendsofthefarm/events and scroll down to Art on the Farm. Contact: email or call 613-230-3276.

Pottery Courses and Workshops

Gloucester Pottery School

Registration Telephone: 613-580-2787 or at: $237

Teen/Adult Wheel Camp

An intensive 1 week with clay with one our most experienced instructors. Ages 12yrs - adult. Instructor: Carolynne Pynn-Trudeau - english. July 14 - July 18 Monday to Friday: 10:00 am -2:30 pm $275 +HST

Teen/Adult Wheel Camp

An intensive 1 week with clay with one our bilingual instructors. Ages 12yrs - adult. Instructor: Steve Capyk. July 21- July 25 Monday to Friday: 1:00 pm -3:00 pm $150 +HST

Level 1 (in-depth)

This course is an in-depth introductory wheel course. Class duration 2.5 hours for 8 consecutive weeks. Ages:16 to adult Instructor: Danièle Stewart - english. July 10 to August 28 Thursdays: 7:00pm -9:30pm $237

Level 1.5

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: Carolynne Pynn-Trudeau. July 9 - Aug 27. Wednesdays: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Courses offered by Anne Chambers:

For more information see

Summer Pottery Retreat 2014

Course cost is $325, clay $30 per bag.

July 14 - 18th Slow Down and Focus on the Details

July 21 - 25th I’ve made a pot now what….Let’s Embellish

Gas Firing and How to Glaze Workshop

Date: June 14 - 15th Saturday/Sunday  Cost: $150

Carolynne Pynn-Trudeau Summer Workshops:


Maximum three students per workshop.

July 7-11, 2014:  Beginner, July 21-25, 2014: Intermediate, August 11-15, 2104: Intermediate

For Information please contact: Carolynne Pynn-Trudeau,

Workshops with Dan Hill - Wilno ON

2 day Soda Firing Workshop Oct. 18th & 19th.

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

Pinecroft Studio - Alymer ON

Animated Functional Ware – Dan Finnegan

Cost is $500 plus a Studio Fee of $35 and HST!/~/product/category=3726237&id=32882802

Shino First! – Tony Clennell

June 23rd to 28th Cost is $500 plus a Studio/Materials Fee of $50 and HST.


A Colored Clay Revolution: Chris Campbell

June 14 – 18, 2014 Cost is $500.00 plus HST


Cool Down! Surface Decoration and Reduction Cool:
Susan Harris

July 7th to 11th  Cost: $500 + $50 Material Fee + HST

Haliburton School of the Arts

Visit for the full listing of courses, workshops and instructors. Email us or call 1.866.353.6464 X3.

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