Hot Mud: A National Survey of Contemporary Canadian Emerging Ceramists


Elisa Au (British Columbia), Twist, 2013

Opening at the Burlington Art Centre on September 7

Hot Mud: A National Survey of Contemporary Canadian Emerging Ceramists

celebration of its 35th anniversary, the Burlington Art Centre (BAC)
present a national juried exhibition of contemporary Canadian ceramics
by emerging artists. The BAC is uniquely positioned to host this
exhibition as it houses the country’s largest, permanent collection of
contemporary Canadian ceramics.

A jury of senior curators and
artists selected the participants in five regions across Canada – the
Atlantic Provinces, Québec, Ontario, the Prairies and the Territories,
and British Columbia. The jurors have a long view of history and a
vision of our future. They are Gloria Hickey (Atlantic Provinces), Alan
Elder (Quebec), Rachel Gotlieb (Ontario), Greg Payce (Prairies & the
Territories) and Sally Michener (British Columbia)

selected artists are: Eliza Au and Tanya Doody, British Columbia; E. M.
Alysse Bowd and Robin Lambert, Alberta; Robin DuPont, Manitoba; Carole
Epp Saskatchewan; Zimra Beiner, Magdalene Dykstra, Janet MacPherson,
Mary McKenzie, Lindsay Montgomery, and Denise Smith, Ontario; Marianne
Chenard, and Amelie Proulx, Québec; Maaike Charron,Newfoundland and
Maja Padrov, New Brunswick.

The symposium Saturday September 7 from 10 AM to 3 PM

an educational component, we will hold a one-day symposium on Saturday
September 7. Each juror will contextualise their regional choices within
a national and international discourse. It will be followed by a round
table discussion with selected artists moderated by Jonathan Smith,
Curator of the Collection, Burlington Art Centre.

Both the exhibition and the conference are open to the general public, free of charge.

For the conference reserve your seat with Gillian Goobie at or by telephone at 905-632-7796 ext:326


Carole Epp (Saskatchewan), To the Best of their Knowledge, 2013


Burlington Art Centre
1333 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, Ontario, L7S 1A9

Toronto Potters 16th Biennial Juried Exhibition

Ontario Crafts Council Gallery
990 Queen Street West, Toronto

Toronto Potters is a non-profit association with an
extensive history of member dedication that has run its programming,
presence and community support for over 33 years. Its current membership
consists of approximately 90 active ceramic makers, whose backgrounds
and aesthetic interests reflect the diversity of the city in which the
association was formed. Through Toronto Potters, members have a platform
to share their skills, as well as stimulate and foster their individual
interests in working with clay. Members benefit from monthly meetings,
presentations and demonstrations, as well as retail shows and a website
that showcases their work. In addition, Toronto Potters is exceptionally
proud to present its 16th Biennial Juried Exhibition.

As one of the highlights of membership, the exhibition takes
place every two years. Work is submitted for review by an invitational
jury, and selected based on technical merit, originality and creative
expression. This year there are seven awards given to members for
outstanding work. Overall, through the public display of work,
accompanied by a print catalogue, the biennial juried exhibition is an
esteemed opportunity for members to showcase their creative skills.

This exhibition serves as a sampling of the myriad ways in
which ceramic material can be manipulated, as well as the commitment and
passion through which these objects have been conceived and created.

The Toronto Potters 16th Biennial Exhibition was
juried by Susan Collett and Gord Thompson, both professionals in the
greater ceramic community. Through an intensive jury process, they
selected 26 works by 21 members. With white walls and gallery
spotlights, and far removed from the messy studio environments in which
they took shape, each of these 26 works has the ability to compel the
viewer. The pieces will pique interest in process as they flaunt the
maker’s technical skills, and will prompt questions, as well as simple
enjoyment. Toronto Potters invites you to experience the 16th Biennial
Juried Exhibition, and to experience the work that members have to

The Toronto Potters 16th Biennial Juried Exhibition is supported by the Ontario Arts Council.

Images: Eden Danielle Bender, Bird in the Hand, Paper clay-mixed media surface; Barbara Banfield, Oil and Vinegar Set, Porcelain and stoneware; Mary McKenzie, Comfort, Ceramic, wood chair, electric firing; Deborah Freeman, Cup ‘n’ Caddy, Stoneware and Porcelain.

Adaptations: Gestures for Survival by Mary McKenzie

This year’s winner of the Sheridan College Gardiner Museum Award, presents a solo exhibition and reception for Adaptations at the Gardiner Museum.

The show runs May 6 to July 10th
“In my site-specific installation Adaptations, I have constructed bricks, modeled figures and clay-dipped both organic and non-organic objects. The dipped objects are attached to the figures and fired as body-parts.

My ceramic process gravitates towards experimentation and material failure. The inherent fragility of ceramics translates into narrative in my work. Bricks are heavy objects, which in multiples can: shelter, protect, detain, demarcate, divide, collapse. Within this environment my figures adopt survival adaptations taken from industrial, natural and entertainment models, coping responses to an unpredictable world”

Gardiner Museum
111 Queen’s Park
Toronto, Ontario