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FUSION is proud to offer the Mentorship Program bi-annually to practicing clay and glass artists throughout Ontario. 

These workshops are intended to be a significant, transformative learning experience for the participating artists.

The program is intended for artists who have been developing their work over several years of studio practice and who wish to rethink and or re-evaluate their current work and examine ways of pushing and expanding it beyond familiar solutions or limits. The mentorship begins with a session during which participants present their work. Each participant will then be asked to set learning goals and objectives for the duration of the workshop. The group will meet a number of times throughout the year to review their progress, participate in group critiques, and revise objectives as necessary. They are asked to take creative risks and work towards an exhibition of the entire group's work at the completion of the program.


Participants should be actively involved in an artistic practice, producing work, exhibiting and should:
• have completed basic training (equivalent to three years of study);
• be willing to make a commitment for the duration of the program, to researching new sources and making new work intensively in their own studio; 
• be prepared to offer critical feedback to other artists in an open, rigorous, positive and inclusive environment;
• through discussions with the mentor and others in the group, be prepared to set learning goals and be willing to take risks with their work and accept criticism in a constructive manner;
• meet the criteria established by the mentor described above; and
• be a member of FUSION.



Susan Low-Beer is the mentor of this selected group.

Susan Low-Beer received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Mount Allison University and her Masters of Fine Arts, with a major in painting, at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

In 1999 she received the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Crafts and in 2000 was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

She has exhibited internationally in Europe, United States, Japan and Korea, as well as nationally in both juried and invitational exhibitions and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards.

Susan has been teaching since 1966 in many institutions including: the Ontario College of Art and Design, Sheridan College, and Emily Carr University. Over the years she has delivered numerous workshops and mentored many students across Canada.

Susan Low-Beer is represented among others, in the collections of: the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; the National Museum of Modern Art in Japan; and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in North Carolina. She also shows regularly at the David Kaye Gallery in Toronto.

Her retrospective called Embodiment: 30 Year of Sculpture finished at the Norfolk Art Centre in the town of Simcoe at the end of October 2017 and there are plans to travel the exhibition in 2019 with a catalogue.

FUSION thanks Tucker's Pottery Supply for their continued support and Sponsorship.

FUSION is a registered charitable, not-for-profit organization. © 2022-2023 FUSION Ontario Clay and Glass Association. Charitable Registration Number: 122093826 RR0001 All Rights Reserved. Terms and Conditions

FUSION acknowledges funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario. 

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