FUSION'S Creative Directions PROGRAM
Creative Directions is for clay and glass artists to expand their technical skills, develop critical thinking and build confidence.
Participants have the opportunity to 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 eight day long sessions over a ten-month period. The meetings are delivered with two different purposes in mind. Four 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.
2020-2022 Creative Directions: New Pathways with Lesley McInally
It was an incredible experience to watch each student's journey and artistic growth. With each meeting they were able to expand and develop their ideas and skill sets, gain confidence and focus on creating a body of work towards an exhibition in The Satellite Project Space gallery. I am so proud of each and every one of them.
Thank you to FUSION for inviting me to share my skills with such a wonderful group of people. And thank you to all the students who persisted through what has been a very challenging two years of our lives. You have all bloomed." - Lesley McInally
FUSION would like to thank London Clay Art Centre for hosting the workshops in their space.
FUSION would like to thank Satellite Project Space for hosting Gaining Ground, the exhibition featuring the work of the participants in London, Ontario
FUSION acknowledges funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
ATMOSPHERIC FIRING WORKSHOP SERIES
In collaboration with Deep River Potters' Guild
"Atmospheric firing methods have been profoundly important to the aesthetic direction of my clay work over the past 45 years."
- Dan Hill
This workshop series will take place over three weekends:
April 2-3, June 4-5 and June 12, 2022, 10-4 p.m. daily
Are you interested in exploring the potentials of the atmospheric firing process? This workshop series is for anyone interested in learning more about atmospheric firing and surface treatments that activate the form. Atmospheric changes and the movement of heat and flame within the kiln can have a dynamic effect on the ceramic form. Whether you fire in reduction, with gas or wood, Dan Hill’s knowledge of form development, surface design and glazing will certainly bring a fresh approach to your work. For more information and photos of Dan’s work, visit www.hillpottery.com
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2019 Creative Directions
Images: Angelo Di Petta
Creative Direction Program led by Michelle Mendlowitz 2016-2017
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 Exhibition: Unearthed