“My time in the Ceramics program has instilled in me the drive to excel in a craft that I’m very passionate about. My professors and mentors encouraged and challenged me to question everything and myself. Now that I’ve nearly completed my studies, I have the tools to teach myself and to begin my life as a professional potter.
Traveling to Cornwall, Wales and South Korea were life-changing experiences for me. I spent my time learning where the motivations of making come from. In my work, I am continuing to explore global traditions through contemporary forms.”
– Jordan Scott, Class of 2015
Congrats to Jing Huang Class of 2015, Harbourfront Centre’s newest Artist-in-Residence in Ceramics! She is enjoying Toronto and settling into her new studio there. For more info on Harbourfront’s Craft Program, click here: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/craft/
Sheridan Ceramics -Tyler School of Art Collaborative Exhibition:
Congratulations to: Tine Deruiter, Jing Huang, Yoo Sun Jung, Cassara Kennedy, Joon Hee Kim, , Trevor Novak, Jordan Scott, Amy Shindo, and Cheng’Ou Yu . Their 10 works have been selected by Tyler School of Art Faculty to be featured in our upcoming Sheridan-Tyler Collaborative Exhibition this spring (at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia) and then at our Gallery here at Sheridan this fall. 10 works by Tyler students have been selected by our Sheridan faculty for the same exhibition.
Recent and Current Exhibitions by Students and Faculty:
Our Ceramic Faculty Janet Macpherson’s new work is featured in Stopping By Woods, group exhibition opening at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay West, Toronto. Exhibition continues to June 14, 2005.
We are in awe of the pristine beauty of the forest, but we hold that gaze with caution. Like a curtain that conceals an unknown world, the forest at times seems impenetrable. The artists in this exhibition pull back that curtain to give us a glimpse of what might be found in those woods if we venture in.
– Patrick Macaulay, Director, Visual Arts; Exhibition Curator
COME UP TO MY ROOM featured new work by our Ceramics Faculty Lindsay Montgomery.
Performance/installation at the Gladstone Hotel, January 2015.
October 3-25, Linda Sormin’s (Studio Head) installation Merantau was in the Inaugural Virginia McClure Ceramic Biennale CAMÉLÉON.
Featured Artists: Susan Collettt, Neil Forrest, Rory MacDonald, Linda Sormin
Curator: Jean-Pierre Larocque, Professor, Concordia University
Exhibition:October 3 to 25, 2014
Lecture: Friday October 3 at 7 pm
The McClure Gallery is pleased to present Caméléon, the inaugural exhibition of the Virginia McClure Ceramic Biennale. The exhibition, curated by Jean Pierre Larocque, features four outstanding Canadian artists from outside Quebec – Susan Collett, Neil Forrest, Rory MacDonald and Linda Sormin. Their work underlines the themes of adaptation, reinvention and metamorphosis within the field of contemporary ceramics. They question and deconstruct the material, its history and traditions and reassemble them in novel, provocative and poetic ways, reminding us of clay’s profoundly chameleon-like nature.
Gardiner Museum/RBC Emerging Artist Nominee Jess Riva Cooper’s CBC interview
Nurielle Stern Graduates with MFA in Ceramic Art from Alfred University – Thesis Exhibition opening Saturday August 23, 2014, 6-9 pm
Nurielle Stern (Sheridan Ceramics Class of ’12) studied sculpture at OCAD University (BFA 2007) and ceramics at the Sheridan School of Craft & Design (2009-12). She has been awarded a Graduate Fellowship from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University where she is pursuing an MFA in Ceramic Art. Nurielle will be an artist-in-residence at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre starting in November of this year.
Congratulations to our Sheridan Ceramics Graduating Class of 2014:
- Janet Macpherson, Faculty has received the Winifred Shantz Award ($10,000). Congratulations Janet! Earlier this year, she received a Canada Council Visual Arts grant and has just returned from a research trip to France, Germany and Italy.
- Lindsay Montgomery, Faculty currently is exhibiting her work at in the Animal Stories Exhibition at the Gardiner Museum, and recently was in the Hot Mud show at Burlington Art Centre. Congratulations Lindsay!
- Amber Zuber is the winner of the 2013 Gardiner Award and is the new ceramic resident artist at Harbourfront. Congratulations Amber!
- Habiba El-Sayed will be interning with OCADU grads Sorlie Madox and Helen Kong at Secret Teatime studio starting this July.
- Jordan Scott was selected for this summer’s exclusive apprenticeship in Wales with potter Phil Rogers. For updates and images visit Jordan’s blog here.
- Emma Smith and Rhoni Daikoff are currently working for Potter Timothy Smith as this summers’ pottery interns at Gleason Brook Pottery. There is 14 year history of Sheridan students being selected for these 2 highly coveted positions.
- Congratulations Michelle Landriault – on being selected for Medalta’s June & July ResidencyProgram!! She is currenty working on sculptural forms and is innovating new forms and surfaces.
- Sheridan Alumni Heidi McKenzie, LeeAnn Janissen and Chari Cohen exhibited pieces at Fireworks at the Sheridan Gallery, May 17 – June 2.
- Linda Sormin exhibited at the CODE ExhibitionatNCECA 2013 in Houston, Texas. http://code2013.wordpress.com/about/
- Linda’s installation “My voice changes when I speak your language” (image above) opened in October 2012 at Jane Hartsook Gallery in New York City. She also participated in the AIDAshed Ceramics Residency (Hadera, Israel) in summer 2012. Sponsored by the Association of Israel’s Decorative Arts and Watershed, the bi-annual residency is based at Givat Haviva, a centre working toward peace and reconciliation through art & culture. Alongside 15 Israeli and 2 US artists and designers, Linda began a new series in porcelain: Lehatsit (Ignite).
- Heidi McKenzie (’12) , is currently travelling in China doing research for her MFA Program in Criticism & Curatorial Practice. She has received a full scholarship from the OGS [Ontario Graduate Scholarships] to attend OCADU last year.
- Heidi also gave an artist talk as part of the TechnoScience Salon relating to milieu and life, DNA, and embodiment on Monday March 19, 2012 at the Centre for Social Innovation co-presented by Subtle Technologies and TechnoScience Salon. Congratulations Heidi!
- Sheila & Tony Clennell (Ceramics Faculty) opened High and Low — a survey exhibition of their work at the Burlington Art Centre. Congratulations Sheila & Tony! The show ran May 6 to June 29, 2012.
- Vanesa Trillia (’12) is completing her Oakville Spirit Awards commission this month. The eight box forms will be presenting in June by the City of Oakville to eight individuals who have made notable contributions to the local community.
- Zimra Beiner (’08) has graduated with his MFA in Ceramic Art from Alfred University. His graduate exhibition opened at Alfred on April 28, 2012. Congratulations Zimra!
- Amber Zuber (’13) was Summer Residency Workshop Assistant at Peter’s Valley in New Jersey in Summer 2012. She assisted Visiting Artists and made new work there for over 3 months. Congratulations Amber (pictured here with Lawson Oyekan’s work)!
- Annemarie Row (’13) worked with Timothy Smith as pottery intern at Gleason Brook Pottery in summer ’12. She joined Katherine King (’12) who began her internship there last summer.
- Nurielle Stern (’12) received a graduate fellowship the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She will is now halfway through her MFA in Ceramics there. Nurielle is was the recipient of 2012 Gardiner Museum Award – her exhibition at the Gardiner will be up soon! Congratulations Nurielle!
Our 2012 graduates exhibited their work at the Gardiner Museum Shop in Toronto, March 22 – April 1.
Congratulations Cris Cacioppo, Karen Harris, LeeAnn Janissen, Katherine King, Heidi McKenzie, Zaria Pucknell, Kathleen Ross, Nurielle Stern, Vanesa Trillia and Lillian Oi-Chun Wu.