FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association

Creative Directions

FUSION is proud to announce the launch of Creative Directions, a new and exciting program for potters and sculptors who have achieved a reasonable level of competency and are now looking to take their ceramic practice to the next level.

Designed for wheel workers, hand builders or sculptors, Creative Directions will expand your technical skills, help you develop critical thinking and build confidence.

Participants will be encouraged to research ideas, explore materials and take creative risks.

You will work towards developing a body of work for a final group exhibition. Running from September 2016 to fall 2017, this program will include:

    four full day hands-on workshops with demonstrations and time for

practice, skills development and feedback;

    four full days of discussion and critiques with the instructor and group as you develop your ideas and work; and

    a final group exhibition.

During the program the instructor will work with you to identify personal goals and needs to:

    enhance your technical skills base;

    develop a sense of critical thinking;

    assist you in creating an artist statement;

    source, develop and resolve new ideas;

    work towards creating a personal aesthetic; and

    generate work for a final group exhibition.

Applications are due June 10

In collaboration with FUSION, Michelle Mendlowitz will choose a maximum of 15 participants for the group. Participants will be notified of decisions via email by June 28, 2016.

The workshop fee for the 8 full-day sessions and final exhibition is $565.00 (includes HST); due by August 2, 2016.

The hands-on workshops will take place at the Kawartha Potters Guild in Peterborough. The balance of the meetings will take place at the Clarington Visual Arts Centre in Bowmanville.

For application guidelines, please click here:




Artist and educator Michelle Mendlowitz will be leading this innovative program. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Design from the OCAD University. For over ten years she has been maintaining an active studio practice and teaching. Michelle regularly participates in group exhibitions, winning awards and grants, most notably: Best in Ceramics at the Toronto Outdoor Exhibition, and an Ontario Arts Council Grant. She is represented by several of Canadas leading galleries.

Michelle's work consists of both functional and sculptural objects. She is drawn to clay for its expressive nature as well as its ability to create utility. As an artist she is intrigued by layers and as a maker, process plays an important role in her work. Each working stage increases the depth of information and each action leaves its mark. The forms created are derived from landscapes and borrowed elements from nature, architecture and the human form.


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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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