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FUSION's Creative Directions 2019/20 Group Exhibition: Cultivate is now on display at the Gardiner Museum Shop!

For more information on the Creative Directions Dynamic Design program led by Angelo di Petta see below.

Information on the participants of this group and catalogue can be found here:

 Creative Directions Cultivate Exhibition

Creative Directions is FUSION's exciting program for potters and sculptors designed to expand their technical skills, develop critical thinking and build confidence. 

Participants have the opportunity to expand their skills, critically examine their own work and embark on an individual project that will generate either a new body of work or will resolve current issues in their own work.

The learning experience is compromised of 8 day long sessions over a 10 month period. The meetings are delivered with 2 different purposes in mind. 4 of the meetings will be full day, hands-on workshop style, including demos and presentations. During these sessions, participants will have time to strengthen their skills and respond to the demos. The balance of the meetings will consist of presentations and critiques where opportunities to discuss the work and find your voice are encouraged. 

2020 Creative Directions:
New Pathways with Leslie McInally

Leslie McInally's 2020 Creative Directions program is currently in session. The group is working towards an exhibition that will be taking place at the London Clay Art Centre in London, Ontario.

Image: Lesley McInally

2019 Creative Directions Program:
Dynamic Design with Angelo di Petta

FUSION was pleased to the launch of Creative Directions: Dynamic Design with Angelo di Petta in 2019. Dynamic Design is intended for ceramic artists who have had several years of clay experience and achieved a reasonable level of competency in ceramics. Each participant is encouraged to critically examine their own work and embark on an individual project that will generate either a new body of work and or resolve current issues in their own work.

About Angelo di Petta

Angelo di Petta studied at OCAD University and upon his graduation was awarded three scholarships to study industrial ceramics in Italy. He returned to OCAD and began his teaching career, which spanned 37 years. He taught courses in mouldmaking, domestic ceramics, ceramic materials, 3D design, imagery/surface and rendering drawing. Angelo isan outstanding and generous teacher and an internationally acclaimed artist.

Angelo di Petta's Website

About Lesley McInally

Lesley McInally arrived in Canada in 2004 bringing with her an honors design degree in Ceramics and Printmaking. She is a full-time professional artist, supplying galleries and delivering inspirational workshops.She has taught in various educational environments to both children and adults, and has juried numerous exhibitions. In the time she has been here she has gained great respect and recognition as an accomplished maker and teacher. Lesley has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, grants, and exhibits her work nationally and internationally.
To see more of Lesley's work:

Images: Angelo Di Petta

Here is some information about the inaugural Creative Direction Program lead by Michelle Mendlowitz: 

Creative Directions 2016/17 

Lead by Toronto based Artist and Educator, Michelle Mendlowitz. Participants of Creative Directions were encouraged to research ideas, explore materials and take creative risks during their eight meetings. Running from September 2016 to Fall 2017, Creative Directions began with four, full day, hands-on workshops with demonstrations and time for practice, skills development and feedback. The last four, full day, sessions were dedicated to group discussion and critiques lead by Michelle to develop individual ideas and personal aesthetics for the final group exhibition. During this entire process Michelle worked with participants to identify personal goals and needs to enhance their technical skills base, develop a sense of critical thinking, assist in creating an artist statement and source, develop and resolve new ideas. 

To find out more about the participating artists and to follow along on their creative journey, please visit the Creative Directions website: 


2016-2017 Creative Directions ExhibitionUnearthed

Catalogue: FUSIONUnearthedCatalogue.pdf

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FUSION gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation, and the Ontario Arts Council. The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Government of Ontario. 

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