Maureen Marcotte
Third Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario
Friday, November 11, 6-9pm
November 12 and Sunday, November 13, 10am-5pm
If BBC’s reality TV show The Great Pottery Throwdown, high-profile
art competitions like RBC’s Emerging
Artist Peoples Choice Awards
, and numerous prestigious international
ceramics competitions are any indication, clay is now being acknowledged as a valued
contemporary medium that is increasingly popular with artists, audiences and
collectors. Ceramic work has spread its wings and is catching some well-deserved
limelight! The ceramic world has become…well…something akin to sexy!
But this is something that the members of
260 Fingers have known for decades, and celebrating high-calibre ceramic work
is the reason this speacial exhibition and sale was established 12 years ago. This
November 11-13th, the twenty-six ceramic artists and potters of 260
Fingers 2016 will congregate at Ottawa’s Glebe Community Centre for their
annual exhibition and sale of some of the most inspiring and diverse ceramic
work from Ontario and western Quebec. The breadth and caliber of this show is recognized
as unique in the province and features work from functional to sculptural,
wood-fired to electric-fired, from formal, to functional, to highly decorative. 
The event features numerous award-winning
artists with international followings. This past
summer, among the 100 participating artists in the prestigious Biennial of
Ceramics in Taiwan, six were from Canada. Four of these six were our own 260
Fingers artists: Lisa Creskey, Paula Murray, Reid Flock, and Cynthia O’Brien
who travelled to Taiwan for the exhibition. Others have participated in
national and international residencies over the last few years. Still others have
had significant exhibitions locally and internationally. Each of the artists
views 260 Fingers as a welcome opportunity to present their newest and in many
cases, most daring or challenging work.
Each year new guests are invited to
participate to help keep 260 Fingers fresh. 
This year’s guests are Toronto potters Chiho Tokita, Loren Kaplan, Jeannie
Pappas and Heather Smit as well as Quebec artists Don Goddard and Marianne
On Friday, November 11, from 6-9pm, the
gorgeous, domed atrium of the Glebe Community Centre will open its doors to
visitors eager to be among the first to view and purchase this year’s new work.
The vernissage is open to everyone and is truly a festive celebration of
ceramic work complete with music, food, drink and lively conversation.  The show continues Saturday, November 12 and
Sunday, November 13 from 10am – 5pm. Artists will be present all weekend. Tours
of the show are each afternoon at 2pm and offer an opportunity to hear about
each artist’s unique work and processes and to ask any questions you may have
about their work and studio practice.
260 Fingers is a free event. For more
information please email
or call Maureen Marcotte at 819-459-3164