Everyone’s a winner!

We would like to thank everyone that attended our Christmas Show and Sale this year.  It was a huge success and we heard nice things about the giveaways (if you were lucky to get one) as well as the pottery for sale.

We had prizes for the potters and well as a door prize draw.  The winners of our own were:

  • Best Functional, Priya Harding – $100 gift certificate from PSH
  • Best Non-Functional, Linda Harris (3rd year in a row) – $100 KPG gift certificate
  • Best Newbie, Heather Brooks – $50 KPG gift certificate
  • People’s Choice Award, Bill Reddick (2nd year in a row) – $100 gift certificate from Tuckers

Congratulations!

The winners of the door prize were:

  • Dorothy Tuckerman
  • Doreen McDougall
  • Sonia Aviles

Congratulations to our three winners.  They each won a piece of pottery that was displayed during the sale.2015-group

Christmas Show work

It’s hard to imagine, when you come to a show and see it all set up, how much work is involved putting up the displays, unpacking all of the work, not to mention the cash area and wrapping station.  Here are a few photos showing some of our potters setting up for the recent show.

Empty Bowls a huge success

$10,130.00 – Can You Believe it!……

2015-empty-bowlsThat is the final tally from Empty Bowls 2015. $10,130.00 will now be going directly into our community to support food security. From our accounting, the sale of tickets and bowls brought in $4,000.00. The results speak for themselves and in terms of community engagement Empty Bowls 2015 year was a winner!

Kudos to the YWCA for having the vision to grow this event, and sincere thanks to the members of our Guild and the Wood Turners’ Guild who donated approximately 175 bowls. We would also like to thank Lillian, Cathy, Dawn, Anne, Lorne, Dawn’s mother, Shelby and Pete who staffed our booth and transported pots on the day itself.

Tuckers Event

Our Saturday Clay Club had an outdoor excursion this past weekend.  A few of the members went to Tuckers Pottery in Richmond Hill to take part in the festivities and buy some supplies.  Cathy won a gift certificate for her throwing mastery (with a non-thrower).

Raku Weekend

Thanks Lillian and George for a great day!  A group of our members got together for a Raku Firing at Lillian’s place.  A few first time people new to the art of Raku, but everyone had a great day and there are some lovely pots to show off now.

Meet Natalie

Natalie Thornhill is one of our new instructors.  She has been teaching the Flex classes this summer, but I’m sure we will be seeing more of her in the fall.

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natalie-teapotIn 2013 Natalie completed formal training through the Ceramics Certificate program at Haliburton School of Arts. Today, when Natalie is not working on her art, you may find her digging as an archaeologist and teaching at Fleming and Centennial Colleges in Ontario.

We welcome her to the guild.  To read more about her background, you can visit our Instructor page.

Take a look at one of her lovely teapots (right).

Open House

We had an open house on June 20th to celebrate our new equipment which was made possible by a Trillium Grant.  There were free throwing sessions.  Thanks to all who came out!

Visit to Bailey Pottery in New York

While on a road trip to New York City recently, member Mary Sullivan made a detour to Bailey Pottery Equipment in the lovely town (or city) of Kingston, New York.  What a beautiful place.  They have a small showroom where you can look around and see some of the thousands of items in their catalogue, and their offices are filled with original ceramic works by famous (I’m sure) artists from all over.

It was worth the visit!

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