save the date and register now for New Clay Conference!

Full details are found on their site, but basically it’s going to be a three-day long conference with demos by Naomi Clement, Jason Burnett and Carole Epp, alongside panel discussions, artists talks, exhibitions and social events!

Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and at their website for more details and updates leading up to the event.

Also there is a call for you to get involved with a conference studio tour and exhibitions:

Conference Tour

“One of the goals to the New Clay Conference is to strengthen our clay community and highlight all of the great clay going on already.

We are inviting local studios, galleries and artists to get involved by adding yourselves to our tour.  Leading up to and during the weekend we are encouraging our participants to tour all of the great clay in Ottawa.  We are partnering with a variety of galleries and studios that are going to host exhibitions in cooperation with the New Clay Conference.  If you have a studio or gallery in Ottawa and surrounding area and there are ceramic artists involved we want to hear from you.  You do not need to host a special exhibition, if you already have something in your gallery let us know and we can share that here.  No gallery space but you have a studio that is open to the public? Let us know that too.  We really want to create the ultimate list of studios and galleries in Ottawa that are opening their doors to visitors during the New Clay Conference.  Saturday and Sunday we are going to keep our participants pretty busy so we hope that your study/galleries are open leading up to the weekend as well.”

Please email us:

Studio/Gallery name



What is going on that weekend: Do you already have scheduled exhibition we can promote? Would you like to do something special for The New Clay Conference? Perhaps this would be a great opportunity to do that ceramics show you have been thinking about for years.

Don’t have a studio or gallery but have a great idea for a themed or group exhibition? Please get in touch with us, we would love to help you find a venue to make your exhibition happen.

Don’t have an idea for an exhibition but have a space you would like to offer up for the weekend? Please contact us and we will match you up with some great art!  Does not need to be a conventional gallery space, coffee shops, restaurants, retail stores and more can make the perfect exhibition space.

Full details about participating here.

must read: New report provides insight into the status of women in the arts in Canada

Toronto, October 17, 2018 – The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has released The status of women in the Canadian arts and cultural industries: Research review 2010–18, a report commissioned from a research team led by Dr. Amanda Coles, a Canadian on faculty at Australia’s Deakin University.

This report provides an important synthesis of existing research on the status of women in the arts in Ontario and Canada.The majority of existing research focuses on specific sectors (such as media arts/screen, theatre, etc.), rather than addressing the arts and cultural industries as a whole.

The report covers six sectors: visual arts, dance, theatre, literature, music and media arts/screen.

Key findings from the report

Earnings and income

  • Research shows a pervasive gender-based income gap across all six sectors under review. Overall, women’s average incomes are lower than those of their male peers – a defining feature of work in the Canadian arts and cultural industries.

Education and training

  • Gender inequality in the arts and cultural industries cannot be explained by the education or skill of professional female artists and cultural workers. A cross-sectoral analysis of available data on education and training clearly shows that across all six sectors, women are as highly educated as men.


  • Women are well-represented in organizational leadership roles in visual arts, publishing and theatre, and in the top tier of Canadian orchestras. Executive and organizational leadership roles in the music industry are male-dominated. There is a notable shortage of data on organizational leadership in broadcasting, film and television production, the interactive digital media sector, and dance.
  • Women are severely under-represented in key artistic leadership roles in media arts/screen, theatre and music. In contrast, key artistic leadership roles in visual arts and publishing, such as curators and editors, are female-dominated.

Career and industry recognition

  • Across all sectors, women’s artistic and creative works receive significantly less public visibility (for example, productions or exhibitions) and recognition (awards) than those of men.

Workforce and employment patterns

Overall, the arts and cultural industries workforce in Ontario is gender-equal. Fifty-two percent of Ontario artists, and fifty-one per cent of cultural workers in Ontario, are female. However, the gender distribution within nine key arts occupational groups varies considerably:

  • Four groups are gender imbalanced, with more than 60% representation of one gender: dancers (86% female); artisans and craftspersons (61% female); producers, directors and choreographers (33% female); and conductors, composers and arrangers (35% female);
  • Four groups are gender balanced (i.e. no less than 40% and no more than 60% of one gender): other performers (53% female); visual artists (54% female); authors and writers (54% female); and actors and comedians (46% female);
  • One group, musicians and singers (50% female) is gender equal (i.e. 49-51% gender distribution).

Learn more.

Literature review identified gap

The review identified a lack of existing research that examined how gender inequality may be compounded when combined with other factors of discrimination such as racialization, age, sexual orientation, disability, etc. In addition, the existing research largely frames gender as binary (i.e. in terms of male and female only). These gaps in the existing research meant that the report was unable to address the important issues of intersections and non-binary gender equality.


“I am pleased that the Ontario Arts Council is able to contribute to our overall understanding of the status of women in the arts. This is not a new issue. However, there is a renewed interest in the subject, at times as part of larger discussions about equity. We will build on this work by asking individual applicants a broader range of demographic questions, including gender, beginning in 201920, through a voluntary self-identification approach,” said Rita Davies, Chair of the Ontario Arts Council.

“OAC’s report will complement other upcoming initiatives that will add to our collective knowledge in this area. For example, there is the pending report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage’s review of Gender Parity on the Boards and Senior Leadership Levels of Canadian Artistic and Cultural Organizations,” said Peter Caldwell, OAC Director & CEO. “We look forward to exploring with our arts and funder colleagues how to help the arts community gather better data on their workforce.”


This report includes a cross-sectoral analysis, identifying the common themes that emerge from a review of the sector-specific research studies – and noting differences across the sectors. It focuses on key quantitative indicators that illuminate the professional experiences of women artists and cultural workers in Ontario specifically and in Canada more broadly.

Data was sourced from published literature, with an emphasis on scholarly research and high-quality industry reports. Secondary sources, including mainstream media sources and industry advocacy material, were used when credible and appropriate, to fill in knowledge gaps.

About Dr. Amanda Coles

Amanda Coles is a Canadian scholar who holds a PhD in Comparative Public Policy from McMaster University. She is a lecturer in the Masters of Arts and Cultural Management in the Faculty of Business and Law program at Deakin University (Australia), a Co-Researcher with the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) in Montreal, Canada, and an Affiliate Researcher with the Centre for People, Organisation and Work (CPOW) at RMIT University (Australia).

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Feast of Pottery – this weekend!

On Thanksgiving weekend, the table will be set for a
Feast of Pottery
An annual exhibition of functional and beautiful dinnerware and serving pieces created by exceptional and award-winning local and international potters and ceramic artists. A pop-up gallery show, it is a feast for the eyes!
The work is for viewing and for sale.
Saturday and Sunday
October 6thand 7th2018
10 am to 4 pm daily
Purchased pieces are available after the exhibition closes
The Royal St. John’s Regatta Boathouse
Quidi Vidi Lake
10 Clancey Drive, St. John’s
Please click on the artist’s name to learn more:
Maaike Charron (St. John’s, Newfoundland)
Jennifer Drysdale  (Carp, Ontario)
Michael Flaherty (Port Union, Newfoundland)
Carole Epp (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
Terry Hildebrand (Edmonton, Alberta)
Jason Holley (St. John’s, Newfoundland)
Rachael Kroeker (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Tim Kowalczyk (Minonk, Illinois)
Marney McDiarmid (Kingston, Ontario)
Isabella St. John (St. John’s, Newfoundland)
Marcelina Salazar (Chatsworth, Ontario)
Heather Smit (Toronto, Ontario)
Sue Tirrell (Red Lodge, Montana)
Alexis Templeton (St. John’s, Newfoundland)
Liz Willoughby (Brighton, Ontario)
A Pop-up Gallery Curated by Alexis Templeton
Purchased items may be collected at the venue after 4pm on Sunday,
or from Alexis’ Studio at 75 Quidi Vidi Road
(Open daily except Monday, Noon to 6 pm.)

Help support the Toronto Potters set up a new studio

A Home after 40 years!

Imagine a non-profit arts association which provides its members with community, networking, education and public representation opportunities – all without a physical space – for 4 decades! No more! In October of 2018, Toronto Potters is setting up a studio in Artscape Youngplace, a clay-hub in the heart of downtown Toronto!

This 1000 sq. ft. space will offer individual artists the opportunity to focus on their work. It will allow Toronto Potters to host artists’ workshops, presentations and engage with the local community through classes and programming.

What We Need:

We are fundraising $15,000 to cover the studio start-up expenses. Our volunteers are collecting donations of tools and materials, but we need financial support to assist with the expenses of additional equipment and skilled trade services needed to set up the studio, first and last month rent deposit and materials to begin running classes. With your generosity, once the studio is up and running, Toronto Potters will be able to sustain this endeavour by generating income from studio memberships, workshops and classes.

The budget:

$7000 rent (first and last month deposit)
$750 Shelving
$750 Worktables
$2500 Electrician, Plumbing & Carpenter services
$1250 Kiln rewiring to 208volt
$500 Glazes for Classes
$500 Clay for Classes
$150 Small Tools for Classes
$800 Indiegogo Fee
$800 Transaction processing fees

TOTAL: $15,000

Find out more here:  and here: