FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association

Fireworks 2015 Exhibition
Melanie Egan and David Kaye – Jurors

Welcome to Fireworks 2015, a celebratory exhibition of hand crafted works in clay and glass, organized by FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association. The talent and creative spirit of FUSION members is highlighted in this exhibition, which showcases diverse and unique works of art.

The tradition of Fireworks Exhibitions started almost 40 years ago. Held biennially, the Call for Entry invites participation from across the province of Ontario and beyond. Fireworks has come to symbolize the best in contemporary clay and glass FUSION’s members have to offer.

The Fireworks juried exhibitions are traveling shows that tour Ontario. The benefits of having an itinerant exhibition are twofold.  First, FUSION members whose works are selected to travel receive wider exposure via an expanded Ontario audience that they might not otherwise reach. Second, many communities – often remote from the Greater Toronto/Golden Horseshoe corridor of Southwestern Ontario – will be able to experience, enjoy and learn on their ‘home turf,’ via a single exhibition representing a variety of artists, styles, expression and methods.

The Fireworks exhibition affords artist-members recognition and in some instances, awards, for their efforts. FUSION also permits purchase of exhibition works by galleries, collectors and an interested public. Touring works purchased are available for removal at the close of the Fireworks Exhibition in 2017. Fireworks 2015 stands as a testament to the vitality, originality and inventiveness of today’s practicing crafts community – a tribute to those makers who have chosen clay and glass as their mode of self expression, and in some instances, their livelihood.  Above and beyond the artists represented here, over the years many volunteers have put in long hours to ensure Fireworks exhibitions move from concept to reality.  FUSION extends its thanks to all participants in Fireworks 2015. In addition, a few key individuals and organizations who have contributed to the success of this traveling exhibition deserve special acknowledgement:

  •        Gilda Goodman, for provision of the Henry Goodman Best in Show Award
  •        The Scarborough Potters’ Guild (disbanded) – Purchase Award
  •         Tucker’s Pottery Supplies – Award
  •         Pottery Supply House – Award and transport of show
  •         Potter’s Guild of Hamilton and Region – Award
  •         Craft Ontario – Award
  •         Melanie Egan and David Kaye – Jurors
  •         Derek Chung – Promotions and Creative
  •         FUSION also gratefully acknowledges the assistance the Ontario Arts Council. The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Government of Ontario.
Barb Banfield / President

Valerie Dennis / Director, Fireworks Exhibition

Fireworks 2015 will be on view:

Art Gallery of Burlington

June 24 - August 31, 2017

To view Fireworks 2015 catalogue CLICK HERE

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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