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Thank you to the Kingston Potters' Guild and to Baja Craft Kitchen for your support. 

Culminating Exhibition of the KPG Mentorship Program

Location: Tett Centre Gallery

Opening: Thursday, October 26, 5-8 pm
Friday, October 27, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm & 6:00-8:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday, October 28-29, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm


The Mentorship Program at the Kingston Potters’ Guild has been a year-long opportunity for a selected group of ceramic artists to transform and revitalize their pottery with the guidance of an experienced mentor. Each mentee was challenged to stretch creatively, finding and pursuing their individual goals in clay. “Show us what inspires you visually, and then figure out how you will express that in ceramics in a way that differs from what you have been doing so well up to now.” Mentees showed their developing work during 8 day-long sessions and were encouraged, through a group critique process, to think critically about their design choices..


 

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Our Mentor
Angelo Di Petta

Angelo di Petta, is an enthusiastic and seasoned designer and ceramic artist who offered knowledge, expertise, advice, and guidance as mentees worked through their challenges. Angelo is an experienced (now retired) ceramics professor, having taught at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U) in Toronto. He is an exemplary teacher and experienced mentor for FUSION (Ontario Clay and Glass Association) and other pottery guilds.

Our Mentees

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Linda
Abbott

I grew up in the presence of Canadian mountains. My intention is to use the receptiveness that clay offers to be in touch with texture and fractured asymmetry. The sweet adventure of using the wheel to feel clay come alive in my hands. Then prod, cut, and carve, at the risk of the shape collapsing, to persuade the clay to take on a contour that has strength and tension while being irregular and asymmetrical. I want to stretch my ability and what clay can do to create grounded, organic forms where the eye keeps moving as it discovers new aspects of texture and shape.


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Tania
Craan

Tania Craan settled in Toronto after graduating from the Sheridan College Illustration program leading to a career as a graphic book designer. After moving to the Kingston area, she opened the Odessa Project ceramic studio. Her background in design and illustration brings a unique personal expression to her ceramics.

During the past year in the Kingston Potters’ Guild mentorship program, Tania has explored through portrait drawing her perspective of the female narrative. Clay is her canvas. In her practice, she has developed a body of cohesive hand-built pieces that incorporate her thoughts on the female experience.

email: odessaproject2020@gmail.com
instagram: odessa_project
website: www.odessaproject.ca


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Linda
Fraser

Linda Fraser’s work is as diverse as it is expansive. Never one to pursue a single artistic path she has worked and excelled in many mediums. She finds the challenge to learn and exceed her driving force. Today, she considers clay her new canvas and loves the freedom it gives her.

The mentorship program has provided Linda with a voice to express her love of creating and her passion for the sea. Alarmed by the effects humans have on our environment, she wants to remind us of the magnificence of the sea, its creatures and all it offers. Drawing inspiration from working with whales and a special encounter snorkelling with a humpback mother and calf, Linda called upon the ancient, magical, and mystical whale to become her voice.

instagram: thegardenstudioktown facebook: potterystore website: www.gardenstudiopottery.wordpress.com
email: gardenstudiopottery@gmail.com


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Marc
Lemieux

I first began my journey in clay in 1989 and was immediately captivated by the malleability and responsiveness of the medium. I also became very interested in glaze chemistry and have devoted a lot of energy to developing and exper- imenting with various glaze effects.

My intentions for this Mentorship Program were to use texture, glaze, and manipulated edges to create a series of pieces that imply a sense of history and artifact.

email: blackdogpottery@hotmail.com
website: www.blackdogpottery.ca
facebook: Black Dog Pottery
instagram: Black.dog.pottery


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Debra
Krakow

Debra Krakow is a visual artist and architect. She and her family left Montreal to embrace rural life on Wolfe Island, where she’s been avidly learning traditional homesteading skills: home-building, farming and gardening, quilting and knitting, weaving, and basketry. Pottery was a natural next step.

Her mentorship goal was to create a line of versatile farmhouse pottery that could move from garden to kitchen to table. Inspired by the functional aes- thetic of antique tinware and cast-iron pots, she designed the collection with clean, sculptural lines and a simple white glaze.

phone: 343-364-1195
email: debkrakow@gmail.com
instagram: debrakrakow
facebook: debrakrakow.artist
website: www.debrakrakow.com


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Nancy
Martin

Westport, Ontario-based potter Nancy Martin has been cultivating her skills in ceramics since first plunging her hands into clay in 2010. After winding down a successful career as a scientist and university educator in molecular microbiology in 2022, she focuses on creative works in ceramics, bringing her scientific side to bear on developing new forms and glaze chemistry.

Fascinated by the art of throwing pots on the wheel, Nancy’s work trends toward simple, functional wares. However, during the mentorship process she focused on decorative pieces, throwing multiple parts that were assembled by hand-building. She also studied how glazes interact and enhance the forms of her pots by creating unique surfaces resulting from melting, mingling glazes.

Rideau Lake Pottery Westport, Ontario
email: rideaulakepottery@gmail.com
instagram: @rideau_lake_pottery

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Shelagh
Mirski

Shelagh Mirski’s interest in the natural world has found expression throughout her career as a research scientist and in her ceramic practice. She employs multiple techniques for surface decoration and is best known for Japanese-style brush-painting on porcelain. The Mentorship process reinforced her appreciation of the changing seasons for their visual variety and as a metaphor for the

cycle of life. Shelagh’s focus shifted from surface to form as she developed hand-built, large-scale vases to celebrate the beauty in each season of life. Her current series is inspired by the maturation of ostrich ferns.

email: shelagh.mirski@gmail.com
instagram: @shelaghmirski


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Elizabeth
Munro

Elizabeth Munro, a self-taught potter with a back-ground in graphic design has been working with clay for 30 years. Her work has evolved from functional dinnerware to custom tiles, porcelain jewelry, and now to lighting. Elizabeth sees herself as a maker and is motivated to create beautiful, well made, functional wares that will enhance everyday life, created in an environmental conscious way.

This mentorship program under the direction of Angelo di Petta offered Elizabeth a chance to explore clay in a new way, porcelain in its simplest form. Free from surface decoration, relying only on structure, enabled her to explore the fundamental properties of clay and its challenges.



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Patty
Petkovich

As a functional potter for more than 40 years I thought it was time to expand my horizons and the Mentorship Program seemed like a good place to start. Looking for inspiration from our surroundings we were guided and encouraged to let these influences seep into our work. Bees have interested me from early childhood to the present day.

They are so important to our ecosystem and have been suffering for many reasons over the last while. This sculpture is a tribute to bees and to draw attention to their plight. Their importance can sometimes be understated so in fact we would not “be” if it were not for “bees”. This sculpture is a take on a microscopic view of how pollen is gathered by bees. I aimed to highlight the fragility of ecosystems by focusing on the simple, essential interaction between the pollen grain and the pollen-collecting hairs on the bee.


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