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2024 FUSION CONFERENCE: SPRINGBOARD 

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May 31, 2024: Opening Night!
June 1-2, 2024: Conference Weekend
Old Town Hall, 460 Botsford Street, Newmarket, Ontario
The FUSION Conference is presented in partnership with the Pine Tree Potters' Guild 
BECOME A FUSION MEMBER AND SAVE ON EARLY BIRD PRICING! 

  • Conference Patron Welcome Reception on Thursday night in Toronto with Bill and Julia. More information to follow.  This event will have limited space!

  • BREAKTHROUGH PLUS Exhibition Opening Reception at the Old Town Hall in Newmarket on Friday, May 31.  6-9 pm

  • Network all weekend and meet other ceramists from Ontario and beyond!

  • Amazing giveaways all weekend long from Suppliers: Mayco, Tucker's, PSH, Bill van Gilder tools and more

  • Vendor Tables

  • Mug and Bowl Table: every conference attendee is invited to bring and contribute a mug or bowl to be sold during the conference

  • 50/50 Draw

  • Post-conference social and aperitifs on Saturday evening

  • Meet and Greet event for FUSION Member guilds

Are you a member of an affiliated guild? You can join as an Affiliate Member and save on your membership.  We also welcome artists from out of province to join FUSION.

                                                                                    

  

FUSION CONFERENCE PRICING


YOU MUST BE A PAYING FUSION/PINETREE MEMBER TO ACCESS MEMBER PRICING

*FUSION reserves the right to reverse any ticket purchases of discounted rates by non-members

Members' Discounted Rate

(click on the price to complete registration)

For FUSION & Pine Tree Potters' Guild members:​

  • Earlybird rate until April 15: $275.00
  • Regular Member rate after April 15: $350.00
 

 

Non-Members

Student Members 

(with proof of full-time studies)

 
Thank you to Jenny Rushforth from Desjardins Insurance for sponsoring the student admission.
EXTRA CONFERENCE OPTIONS

Exclusive Welcome
Wine & Cheese
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hursday, May 30 from 6-8 p.m.


Meet Bill van Gilder and Julia Galloway at a private home  in Toronto's Annex and begin the conference in style! This is an additional reception for conference goers should they wish to attend and is not included in the conference fee. 
Cost: $100 per person 

All prices are subject to HST.  There are no refunds. Tickets are transferable.


Saturday Night Social 
Saturday, June 1 from 5:30-8 p.m.


Join us in the foyer of the Old Town Hall for an aperitif after the conference to unwind, meet friends and make dinner plans.

(Beverages on Saturday evening are not covered by the conference fee. )



Conference pricing includes the Friday night opening of Breakthrough PLUS, the two-day conference, shop at the vendor tables and morning coffee and treats on each day. Conference patrons are invited to stroll historic Newmarket and enjoy a local lunch spot. There are also picnic tables, benches and a local park if you would like to bring a lunch.

GET READY TO APPLY TO FUSION'S POPULAR BIANNUAL MEMBER EXHIBITION

THE EXHIBITION OPENS ON FRIDAY EVENING AT THE CONFERENCE AND WILL BE TRAVELLING THROUGHOUT ONTARIO TO THE ART GALLERY OF BURLINGTON AND THE CANADIAN CLAY & GLASS GALLERY. 
Applications are open now!
click here to apply

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Bill van Gilder

 

A professional potter for more than 50 years, Bill van Gilder began his clay work at age 15 as a studio apprentice to the late Byron Temple, Lambertville, NJ. He then apprenticed in Ireland and England, and received a degree from Harrow School of Art, London, UK. Bill then established and managed two large training centers in Southern Africa under the auspices of the World Bank. van Gilder has served on the faculty of The Art League, Alexandria, VA and founded the

Frederick Pottery School, Frederick, MD. He has hosted the DIY Network television series ‘Throwing Clay’ and has written a regular feature column in Clay Times magazine about making pottery. He currently leads workshops nationally and internationally on pottery forming, decorating, and firing techniques. van Gilder designed a line of professional pottery tools which are sold internationally.  His clay work is exhibited and held in collections worldwide. In 1985, van Gilder established a studio, craft gallery and home atop South Mountain in central Maryland, which he continues to operate today.

Julia Galloway

 

Julia Galloway is an artist and a professor at the University of Montana, Missoula. Julia has exhibited across the United States, Canada, and Asia and her work is included in the collections of the Renwick Gallery - Washington DC, Long Beach Art Museum - CA, the Ceramics Research Center at the Arizona State Art Museum, American Museum of Ceramic Art - Pomona, CA, and Alfred Ceramics Art Museum, NY. Julia has served on the board of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, and Director at Large on the National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA). Julia is a member of the ‘Green Task Force’ an influential group of artists that researches and educates environmentally thoughtful processes for Art making using ceramics. She was awarded a United States Artist Unrestricted Grant and named a Distinguished Scholar at the University of Montana. This year, Julia was named a lifetime ‘Fellow of the Council’ at NCECA, 2023 Artist of the Year by the Ceramics Arts Network and was awarded the 2023 Individual Artist Award for the Arts & Culture Award in Montana.

Julia Galloway


Throwing techniques may include: 


- tall pitcher
- 5 handles

- two spouts
- 5 tumblers


Surface Decoration techniques


- inlay
- resist
- slip trail
- carving


-Cream and Sugar set – either stacking or side-by-side

-Salt and pepper set
-Teapot

 

Discussion about idea development including:

 

  • How does an idea turn into work?

  • How does making work develop your ideas?

  • How does process and material support your ideas?

  • What is relevant in crafts today?

  • What is the Green Task Force and developing resources for more environmental decisions in one’s studio practice?

  • What is the Field Guide for ceramics and how to keep making work?

  • What opportunities exist at different times in your career?

  • What is the relationship between creativity and commodity? 

Bill van Gilder

 

Demonstrated techniques at the wheel may include:

 

- Efficient hand positions for throwing

- Simple tools and their use

- Lid arrangements and form

- Spout, rim and lip making and proportions

- Trimming and foot-finishing possibilities

- Faceting and fluting as decoration

- Handles and lugs; pulled and hand-built

- Making bottle forms; collaring techniques

- Making dinnerware; throwing and trimming

- Making squared and oval baking ware

- Wet, thick slip decoration

- And much more…
 

A sampling of forms to be demonstrated

 

 - Open and lidded casseroles

 - Pitcher and pouring pots

 - Cups and mugs

 - Bowl forms

 - Dinnerware

 - Bottle forms

 

Hand-building demonstrations may include;

 

- Slumped oval slab platter making

- Humped squared plate making

- Foot attachment possibilities; slab, sprigged & coiled

- Textured decoration; wet slip, pressed, and resisted textures


A discussion about glazes will take place during the workshop, including cone 6 oxidation, cone 8-9-10 gas, and salt/soda wood-firing. 

 

A selection of Bill's hand tools (van Gilder ClayTools) and a sampling of current work will be available for purchase.

 

WHERE TO STAY IN NEWMARKET

 
BILLETING

If you are interested in being billeted by a Pine Tree Potters member, please contact FUSION and we will do our best to find you a place for Friday and Saturday.

CONFERENCE HOTELS IN NEWMARKET

Use this link for discounted Hotel pricing for some of the hotels below

https://ReservationCounter.HotelPlanner.com/EventPage7636245

The Post Mark Hotel

The closest hotel to the venue and still under renovation. 

Scheduled to open in February 2024

 info@thepostmarkhotel.ca

Best Western Voyageur Hotel (1.7 km from The Old Town Hall)

17565 Yonge Street, Newmarket

Newmarket Hotel and Suites (3.2 km from The Old Town Hall)

100 Pony Drive, Newmarket 

Holiday Inn & Suites (9.1 km from The Old Town Hall)

205 Eric T Smith Way, Aurora

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