2020 Annual Exhibition Award Winners
Juror - Marney McDiarmid
Sponsored by: Pottery Supply House
"Apropos of this time, 'Departure' speaks to what we hold dear. Evocative and whimsical, and illustrating a light touch, the piece gracefully holds a multitude of stories"
Sponsored by: Tucker's Pottery Supplies
"Sand, a rusty hull, a sliver of mica that catches the light, a walk on a damp grey day - colour popping. Smooth to the touch, light yet solid to hold, the piece captivates the hand as much as the eye. The deep smoky grey of the jar's interior is a comfort. This exquisitely rendered pot feels like it is of the earth."
Sponsored by: Spectrum
"These plates are abundant in detail, story and colour, and yet manage not to overwhilem the viewer. Instead one is placed in quite contemplation of nature's glory and the exquisite craft work of the artist."
Sponsored by: LOAM
"Grounded and resilent, the figure is naked but not exposed. The piece exemplifies a nuanced and sophisticated exploration of the female form. A scupture to spend time with"
Sponsored by: Craft Ontario
"The piece is elegantly thrown and the decoration ephemeral. A sigh for the blush of green on the berries! The contrast between dark and light is very inviting - this pot would grace any table.""
Sponsored by: Populace Award
"The eyes are downcast but one cannot help but be held by the wolf's glowering, watchful, glare. That the piece can evoke such emotion through form and texture alone reveals the expertise of the maker."
Sponsored by: Fusion
"Is it cloth? Is it clay? The elements of this installation piece come together to create an engaging study of colour and pattern that is balanced and appealing. From afar the work effectively evokes a sense of movement, like the cloth that inspired the work."
People's Choice –
"Monet Comes for Tea"
Sponsored by: Hintonburg Pottery
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2018 Annual Exhibition Award Winners
Juror - Brenda Sutton Mader of Montreal
Sponsored by: Pottery Supply House
"This is a standalone piece. Professionally made, and well proportioned, the strong form, the chattering texture is all enhanced by the beautiful glaze. It draws the eye in from the lid to the foot. Beautiful piece."
Juror’s Choice – Ada Brzeski "Basket with Driftwood"
"This was my most difficult choice. This basket is very well made with no cracks. The glaze fits the piece well and enhances the piece by breaking and pooling. The piece is stable and the handle is sturdy, a nice addition."
Best Decorated – Jocelyn Jenkins – “Fire Water!”
Sponsored by: Spectrum and Populace
"I chose this because the narrative and decorative carving runs through the whole piece. The flames, the dragons, and even the little circles are throughout each piece. The decoration was well thought out as each piece is slip coated and then carved beautifully. Truly the best decorated."
Sponsored by: Mayco and Ottawa Guild of Potters
"The combination of grogged clay, interesting texture, and the finish by smoke firing creates the best expression of the clay. It doesn’t always have to be smooth and shiny, it can be rough and natural and textured with the marks of the smoke firing. This is an excellent expression of clay."
Best Design – Elizabeth Davies "Sailing”
"Strong form yet delicate. The glazed decoration draws you in and makes you want to touch and run your hand over it. The title suits the bowl extremely well. You can see the sails and the water in the glaze decoration. It is a beautiful expression of form and glaze."
Honourable Mention – Sarah Hand "Variegated Blue/green bowl with stand"
"I have one word for this piece - patience. The preparation work and the construction of this little piece is lengthy and time consuming. Beautifully made, and a nice composition of color, glazed perfectly."
Photos by Dave Drapeau
2017 Annual Exhibition Award Winners
Juror - Cynthia O'Brien
Photos by Dave Drapeau
2016 Spring Exhibition Award Winners
Juror - Leta Cormier
Capital Pottery Supplies Best in Show – Janet Keefe – “Swan Song”
"This elegantly constructed hand built piece communicates a sense of simplicity and grace. Movement in the piece has been thoughtfully considered to lead the viewer around and through the work, inviting an exploration of the relationship of the interior and exterior aspects of the form. The surface treatment complements and quietly enhances the gesture of the form creating an overall sense of unity."
"Both the strength and gentleness of the subjects and the idea informing this piece are conveyed through the modelling and gesture of the individual pieces of this figurative sculpture. The placement of the individual pieces and the relationships created between the pieces and their base engage the viewer with the whole piece."
Pottery Supply House Juror’s Choice – Clement Hoeck
"Strength in the directness of the form and glazing of this large bowl come from the confident energy with which the bowl has been thrown and the glaze considered and applied. Both aspects come together in this piece creating a “celebration” of process."
Tucker’s Pottery Supplies Best Decorated – Jocelyn Jenkins – “The Pond”
"This plate, which is beautifully thrown and finished, becomes more than a canvas. It is transformed by the decoration which creates the illusion of the transparency and movement of “the pond” enlivened with frogs and dragonfly. The reference to pond life continues on the underside of the plate and includes the plate foot rings completing the composition."
Best of Expression - Carol Lim
This piece expresses the pleasure of material and process. Both the stamped decoration and form are executed with directness and confidence. The glazes enrich the surface creating a “Rocco” feeling that is bursting with life and the sheer joy of making!
Honorable Mention – Johanna Jansen
"These three pieces work well together as a group. They offer a play of contrasts -the straight edge of the slab constructed body contrasted with the curve of the thrown neck and the rather “formal” bottle forms contrasted with the surface “softened” by the random smoky patterns and textures of the smoke-fired technique."
2015 Spring Exhibition Award Winners
Juror - Keith Campbell
Capital Pottery Supplies Best in Show – Kim Lulashnyk
Keith's comments: "Powerful image, relevant to what is happening now in the world. Well designed using new technology, photo imagery to make the statement visually strong. Symbolism in the use of colour and mixed media strongly brought this sculptural work to the top of all the work in the exhibition."
Tucker’s Pottery Supplies Best Decorated – Bruce Jones
Keith's comments: "I chose this contemporary clay basket because of its outstanding over all colour and decoration and its strong form. The colours in blues and white create an incredible movement of pattern and designs over the entire surface of the piece. It is masterful in its strong visual image."
Best of Expression - Isobel Salole
Keith's comments: This sculpture of a boat with two figures is powerful and dramatic. The figures with their flying capes/clothes and body language are a perfect image of turmoil in a relationship. It works visually from all angles as you view the piece with lots of texture and colour contrasting with the figures in black. The artist has truly caught
emotional energy in turmoil.