FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association

FUSION Mentorship Program

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.

• A CV (maximum 2 pages) that demonstrates you are capable of working independently.
• An artist statement of 150 – 250 words that includes your reason for seeking to participate.
• 10 jpeg images, minimum size 4 x 6 inches, 300 dpi, together with a list of information – title, size, medium, date.

FUSION Mentorship Program 2018/19 - Susan Low-Beer

Past Mentorship Programs:

2014/15 with LINDA SORMIN
Through objects and site-specific installations, Linda Sormin’s work explores issues of fragility, aggression, mobility and survival. Born in Bangkok, Sormin moved to Canada with her family at the age of five. She has a BA in English Literature and worked in community development for four years in Thailand and Laos. She studied ceramics at Andrews University, Sheridan College’s Craft & Design program (Diploma in Ceramics) and Alfred University (MFA 2003).Sormin’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She has taught ceramics for more than 10 years – at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Sheridan College.

To view the catalogue from the 2015 exhibition, click this link: SMALL TRANSGRESSIONS CATALOGUE

For more information about this program and the group, visit: smalltransgressions.wordpress.com

2012/13 with Keith Campbell
Keith Campbell has been a ceramic artist and educator for over 40 years. He has exhibited his work in over 270 exhibitions nationally and internationally winning 51 awards/honors. His works are in numerous collections including the Royal Ontario Museum and the Canadian Museum of Civilization. He has conducted over 40 workshops across Canada and the USA. His work appears in sixteen ceramic texts as well as numerous magazines. Keith is Artist in Residence Emeritus at Canadore College.  www.keithcampbell.ca

Koen Vanderstukken

Koen Vanderstukken is a Belgian-born sculptor and instructor who has been mastering his craft for 26 years. He has participated in more than 150 international exhibitions and received his Masters of Fine Art from Saint-Lucas Visual Arts in Belgium. He has taught workshops and master classes internationally and has held the position of instructor and studio head at both the State Institute of Art and Crafts in Mechelen (Belgium) as well as his current role as professor and studio head at Sheridan College in Oakville.

2012/13 Leta Cormier
Leta Cormier as been making reduction fired stoneware, porcelain, and raku pottery in the Ottawa area for 37 years. She studied pottery in Nova Scotia, British Columbia, England and Japan. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions. In addition to her studio work, Leta has offered workshops throughout Ontario since 1977 and taught at St. Lawrence College and the Ottawa School of Art.  Leta has also consulted on several major exhibitions for the Canadian Museum of Civilization, has been a curator of numerous ceramic and craft exhibitions and has juried exhibitions, grants and service awards.

Bruce Cochrane taught ceramics at Sheridan for over 30 years. He was instrumental in developing Sheridan’s reputation as having one of the best Ceramics programmes in Canada. He is himself one of Canada’s pre-eminent ceramic artists. His work is held in many public and private collections around the world. He is sought after as a visiting artist all over North America. His work appears in numerous ceramic publications.

Angelo di Petta has been making and exhibiting his ceramic work for over 35 years. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, magazine articles and books on ceramics.
A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design (1972) where he is currently Associate Professor, Angelo has shared his knowledge of ceramics, mouldmaking and design through teaching, lectures and workshops. t www.dipetta.com

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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