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Fusion AwardS PROGRAM 2022

Honouring diversity, equity and inclusion, FUSION’s Awards and Scholarships program encourages applications from people of all cultures, regions across Ontario, racialized communities, abilities and diverse identities. The Awards program is a benefit of FUSION membership. Scholarships are open to all clay and glass artists.

This year, FUSION is launching new awards to recognize Indigenous clay and glass artists as well as Arts Educators and Administrators who contribute to the clay and glass community through teaching and arts management. 

This year also marks the first time an award to honour the life of Mary Lou Gilchrist will be presented in recognition of her commitment to clay and glass and her support of craft as a long-time volunteer and collector. 


2022 FUSION Awards and Scholarships 

  • The Mary Lou Gilchrist Award for Clay and Glass Artists: $2000

  • FUSION Award for Clay or Glass New Generation Artists $1000

  • FUSION Award for Clay or Glass Artists $1000

  • FUSION Award for Production Artists $500

  • FUSION Award for Indigenous Artists: $500

  • FUSION Award for Arts Educators and Administrators: $500

  • FUSION Volunteer of the Year Award: $250

  • FUSION Scholarships for Continuing Education:  2 scholarships at $500 each

  • FUSION’s Student Awards administered through the Craft and Design program at Sheridan College 

The Awards Program is a benefit of FUSION membership and is open to residents of Ontario. To update your membership, please click here. Scholarships are open to all Ontario residents.



The Awards and Scholarships are juried by a peer assessment committee. The jury will have the final decision as to how awards and scholarships are dispersed. In all cases, the decisions of the awards committee are final. The committee reserves the right not to give an award if, in its judgement, there are no suitable candidates.

IMPORTANT

Please open the link and follow the guidelines associated with each individual award as they require different materials and statements. 

Photo requirements are 300 dpi or higher, 4" x 6 " minimum, rectangular format.

Please submit CVs, Artist Statements and support letters in Microsoft word .doc or Adobe .pdf files.


all submissions DUE

APRIL 30, 2022


The Mary Lou Gilchrist Award for Clay and Glass Artists     $2000

Open to clay and glass artists, this new award is offered by the family of Mary Lou Gilchrist to honour her lifetime support of craft. The award is created to help artists in their first ten years of practice and can cover costs associated with establishing or expanding a studio, purchasing materials and equipment, creating excellent images, paying exhibition costs and/or developing a business plan.  

Applications must include:

  • A current CV
  • Artist statement
  • A statement (500 words max.) about how the award would benefit you and help you achieve your goals
  • 10 high quality images in .jpg format

Click here to apply for this award



FUSION Award for Clay or Glass New Generation Artist    $1000

This award is open to clay and glass artists aged 18-30. 

Recognizing excellence as a new generation artist, this award celebrates skill, originality and execution. The jury also requests a short statement on plans for the 2022-2023 year and how you will continue to grow as a new generation artist. 

Applications must include:

  • A current CV
  • Artist statement
  • A statement (500 words max.) about plans for artistic and personal growth in the coming year
  • 10 high quality images in .jpg format
  • Please ensure you are between the ages of 18-30 on date of submission

Click here to apply for this award


FUSION Award for Clay or Glass Artists    $1000

This award is open to clay and glass artists with ten or more years of experience. 

This award honours artists who bring varied life experiences and skill development to their craft. Whether you graduated from an established academic program or learned through classes and workshops, this award honours all who have dedicated time to developing as a clay or glass artist. All work submitted must show skill, originality and execution. 

Applications must include:

  • A current CV
  • Artist statement
  • A statement (500 words max.) about your education in craft. Please also include information about your practice, inspiration and goals. 
  • 10 high quality images in .jpg format

Click here to apply for this award


FUSION Award for Indigenous Artists    $500

Honouring diversity, inclusivity and equity, FUSION is offering an award to recognize Indigenous clay and glass artists working in traditional or contemporary practices. This award is open to all clay and glass artists who self-identify as First Nations, Metis or Inuit. 

Applications must include:

  • A current CV
  • Artist statement
  • A statement (500 words max.) about your work and/or your commitment to Indigenous craft practice.
  • 10 high quality images of your work in .jpg format

Click here to apply for this award


FUSION Award for Production Artists $500

Honouring members of FUSION who are functional makers, this award recognizes production potters or glass artists who create functional work. Artists with 5 or more years of experience are invited to apply. This award is funded by the proceeds raised from the Mug Sale at FUSION's annual conference. 

Applications must include: 

  • A current CV
  • Artist statement or statement about your work
  • A statement (500 words max.) about your education in craft. Please also include information about your practice, inspiration and goals. 
  • 10 high quality images in .jpg format
  • Your website or social media handle if available

Click here to apply for this award



FUSION Award for Arts Educators and Administrators   $500

Guilds, schools, community arts organizations, arts councils, museums and studios -  and anywhere clay or glass is taught, exhibited and opportunities to learn are created are invited to apply.  Whether nominating a teacher, a dedicated administrator or both - this award honours the importance of those who create opportunities, inspire learning and dedicate themselves so others can grow. 

Applications must include:

  • A current CV
  • For teachers: A statement (500 words max.) about your teaching philosophy and desired impact on students
  • For administrators: A statement (500 words max.) about your purpose for organizing events, opportunities, workshops and exhibitions 
  • For both educators and administrators: A statement (500 words max.) on your teaching philosophy and goal for organizing opportunities in craft for clay and glass artists and the community. 
  • A one-page letter of support from a guild, centre, community group, place or person who has been positively impacted by your work as an arts educator and/or administrator

Click here to apply for this award



FUSION Volunteer of the Year Award      $250 

Each year, individuals who have shown outstanding service to FUSION are recognized at the FUSION Annual Conference and AGM. The Award consists of a certificate and honorarium.

Nominees for the award may be proposed by FUSION current and past board members, guild executives or individual members. 

Nomination applications must include:

A letter  describing their rationale for proposing a volunteer for the award. Maximum length for nominations is two pages.


Click here to submit a nomination




FUSION Scholarships 

In 2022, two scholarships at $500 each will be offered.  

Please visit the FUSION Scholarships Page or click here to read about the 2022 program and to apply online. 


John and Barbara Mather Award 

Deadline for nominations to Craft Ontario: June 14, 2022.

FUSION’s Board of Directors will also make annual nominations to the John and Barbara Mather Award which is administered by Craft Ontario to honour outstanding service to the craft community. 

For more information, please visit Craft Ontario here

HOW ARE FUSION'S AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS FUNDED? 

  • Ontario Arts Endowment Fund
  • Henry Goodman Awards Fund
  • Scarborough Pottery Guild Fund
  • Private and corporate donations
  • Donations through FUSION’s Annual Giving campaign 
  • Proceeds from the Mug Sale and Raffle at FUSION’s Annual Conference

    If you would like to create an award or contribute to an award for 2023, please reach out at fusion@clayandglass.on.ca




    FUSION thanks Tucker's Pottery Supply for their continued support and Sponsorship.

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    FUSION acknowledges funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario. 



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