Ontario Craft Council Awards Ceremony


The Awards & Scholarships is an OCC flagship program
that celebrates excellence in making, allows for peer recognition, and
provides opportunity for promotion.

Its days of accompanying the Annual General Meeting are
gone – instead, the 2012 Award & Scholarships recipients will be
honoured with a special event. As such, we are very excited to introduce
you to the inaugural Craft Awards Ceremony – a night
dedicated to makers and objects, and to celebrating the very best of
contemporary craft. As part of the evening we will be announcing the
award recipients of the prestigious John Mather Award for Lifetime Achievement, as well as the Volunteer Committee Outstanding Service Award.

In order to build anticipation and excitement, we will be
withholding the announcement of which award each recipient has won
until the Ceremony on Thursday, October 4, 2012. We invite you to join
us in celebrating the award winners with friends, family, patrons,
donors, collectors, and the OCC board, staff and volunteers.

Awards Ceremony

  • Thursday, October 4, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Gladstone Hotel Ballroom
  • 1214 Queen Street W, Toronto
  • Tickets $15, or $10 for Students
  • Light refreshments will be served with a cash bar
  • Dress: Business/formal

Followed by a reception at the OCC Gallery for the Award Winners 2012 exhibition

  • Thursday, October 4, 9:00 – 11:00 pm
  • OCC Gallery
  • 990 Queen Street W, Toronto
  • Free
  • Light refreshments served

Special thanks to the 2012 Awards & Scholarships jury,
Kai Chan, Heidi Earnshaw, Melanie Egan, Karl Schantz, Chiho Tokita, and
John Wiggers.
Thanks also to the many donors and supporters that
continue to sustain this program, as well as the OCC Volunteer Committee
for their long term commitment to creating awards that make a

For more information please contact Janna Hiemstra at jhiemstra@craft.on.ca or 416-925-4222 x 225.
For a full list of awards and scholarhips see: www.craft.on.ca/Programs/Award_List

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.