Our faculty are active studio practitioners and artists who teach from their expertise in wheel-throwing, hand-building, mold-making, slip-casting, pottery, sculpture, installation, ceramic history, contemporary issues and critical writing. In addition to working with you in class, they are available for one-on-one meetings and critiques.

Laura Kukkee
Professor, Studio Head of Ceramics
Laura Kukkee is originally from Toronto.  She is an alumnus of Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design (1999) and the artist-in-residence program at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto (1999 – 2002).  She earned her Masters of Fine Art from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio in 2004. Immediately after graduating with her MFA from Kent in 2004, Laura was offered the position of head of the Ceramics program in the Department of Art at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO, located two hours north of Kansas City, MO.  She stayed in Missouri from 2004 – 2013, teaching, participating in numerous exhibitions, both solo and group and earned many awards over the years.  Laura is currently Professor and Head of the Ceramics Program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario.

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Hugh Douglas-Murray
Hugh Douglas-Murray has been bringing tangible solutions to Sheridan’s Ceramics Studio since 1995. Hugh’s eclectic background is centered on finding quality in the production of objects and experiences. His reputation is well known. As a ceramics studio consultant, he has aided White Mountain Academy of the Arts, Elliot Lake; the Living Arts Centre, Mississauga; Harbourfront Centre for the Arts, Toronto; and the Cultural Village, Shanghai, China. A self-confessed tinkerer, he is happiest when making modifications to tools and his environment. Through architectural and site-specific installations, Hugh’s tile works often contemplate and reflect upon the spaces they occupy.
9 Green Tiles
Winn Burke
Professor Emeritus
Winn holds a B.A. and M.A. in Art from California State University. He taught at California State and at Foothill College in Los Altos, California, beginning in 1967; coming to Sheridan College in 1972. Winn has accomplished extensive first-hand research of the historical cultures of China, Korea, Japan, Central and South America, and Greece. He has brought these experiences and a strong body of knowledge to studio and ceramic history classes at Sheridan. Winn retired as studio head in 2001 after 30+ years of full time teaching, and continued to teach, part-time, for another ten. Winn operates his own studio and is developing a body of work in furniture. He also conducts VIP tours for six different art and antique expositions in New York City, Chicago, and Santa Fe.
Anthony Clennell Tony Clennell has worked as a self-employed functional potter since 1980. Tony received his MFA in Ceramics from Utah State University and his Bachelor of Education from The University of Western Ontario. He holds a BTech from Ryerson University and a Business Diploma from Sheridan College. In 2009, Tony became a member of the distinguished Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts. Tony has attended residencies internationally in Japan, China, England and Italy. In addition to studio practice and teaching he conducts workshops internationally and has over 55 published articles in various ceramic journals.

Texan Sugar Bowl, 2006
Bruce Cochrane
Professor Emeritus
Bruce Cochrane is a master potter whose work has been exhibited in more than 200 exhibitions and is represented in collections including the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto; the Museum of Civilization, Ottawa; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Jendezchen Ceramic Institute, China. The winner of many prizes and awards, Bruce is a member of the Royal Academy of Arts. He has taught ceramics at Sheridan College in Ontario from 1978-2010 and continues to conduct workshops and exhibit on an international level. Bruce holds an MFA from Alfred University and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
Double Wall Funerary Jar
Marc Egan Marc Egan studied ceramics at Sheridan College (1987 – 1990). Since then he has worked as a studio ceramist producing decorated earthenware pottery and ceramic sculpture in his Toronto studio. Over the past twenty years he has taught ceramics at Harbourfront Centre, George Brown College, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, and, since 2010, Sheridan College. He has undertaken both national and international artist residencies and is the recipient of many awards including the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics (2003). His work is in numerous private collections as well as the collections of the Royal Ontario Museum and the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. Egan
Slime Mold, glazed earthenware plate 2010
Steven Heinemann
                                     Event Horizon, 2011 

Steven Heinemann has taught and exhibited in Asia, Europe and across North America. His work is in major private, corporate and public collections in many countries. Heinemann received an Honours diploma from Sheridan College School of Craft and Design, Oakville, Ontario in 1979, a B.FA. from the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri in 1984, and an M.F.A. from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, New York. He was the 1996 recipient of the Saidye Bronfman Award, Canada’s most prestigious annual award in the crafts.

Lindsay Montgomery

lindsayLindsay Montgomery is a contemporary artist working across a variety of media including painting, video, ceramic, and puppetry. Her work is focused on the construction of personal fantastic mythology that explores issues of death, family, beauty, and history. She holds degrees from The Sheridan College School of Craft and Design, Nova Scotia College of AIMG_0634rt and Design, and the University of Minnesota. Lindsay currently lives and works in Toronto, and is artist-in-residence at Harbourfront Centre.

Feline Idol, 2012

Gordon ThompsonGord Gord Thompson teaches at Sheridan in the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design and is a PhD candidate in the department of Communication and Culture at York University. His research addresses questions of community and constituency in relation to art and craft in the city. Areas of interest include craft theory, cultures of making, art and craft education, and more recently, craft policy. He is trained as a potter and has worked as an instructor and ceramic technician at OCAD University. He currently serves as vice-president of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Crafts Council and as an editor of STUDIO, a national magazine on Craft and Design in Canada.
Flower Brick
Janet Macpherson
toae-janet-macpherson-2Janet holds degrees from York University, The Sheridan College School of Craft and Design and The Ohio State University, where she was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. Janet employs mold-making and slip-casting techniques to make small porcelain figures of animals and hybrid beings influenced by medieval marginalia and Christian iconography. She has been the recipient of the David E. Davis Award for Artistic Excellence at the Sculpture Centre in Cleveland, Ohio, The Best in Category for Ceramics at The 51st Annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, and was nominated for the RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award 2012. Janet is currently an artist-in-residence in the Craft Studio at Harbourfront Centre.

 Sheridan_Mug_Cathleen_lo-rez   Cathleen Nicholson

Cathleen Nicholson has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her ceramic work explores the sensitively crafted object that takes the mundane into the realm of reward.  The functional object Cathleen’s chosen vehicle to express historical origins combined with aesthetics that can prompt the sensorium and reaffirm our success at civilizing ourselves. Cathleen is a graduate of Sheridan Ceramics (1997) and has been actively teaching in the Studio and community from 1998 to the present. In 1996, she was part of a quartet that established Crack Pot Studio: a clay teaching facility in downtown Oakville. Cathleen_Nicholson

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