FUSION is a proud supporter of the e-Clay Learning and Teaching Project.
The e-Clay Learning and Teaching Project was precipitated by the closure of community clay studios during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project was funded by the Canada Council for the Arts: Digital Strategy Fund.
The research project explored new ways to work virtually and create person-to-person interactive experiences while working with clay. Through research, which involved input from over 100 artists, teachers, and students, the project findings offer recommendations for online learning and teaching that also meet the need for community connections through clay.
A Cross-Provincial Steering Committee (CPSC) was formed by the participating six guilds from Mississauga, Kawartha, Kingston, North Bay, Ottawa and Toronto as a project oversight and strategic directions committee to work alongside the e-Clay Committee and project lead Salina Szechtman from Mississauga Potters' Guild.
There is also a Cross-Provincial Ceramic Network (CPCN) that met to consider sustainability and affordability issues. The CPCN, established prior to the grant being awarded, has expanded from the original six to nine participating guilds. The three additional guilds are Deep River Potters’ Guild, The London Potters Guild, and Thunder Bay Potters’ Guild.
The Gardiner Museum was also involved with and supportive of this initiative.
The next phase of the project is currently being developed and funding applications to The Canada Council for the Arts are underway.
To learn more, please visit this link.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.