FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association


Ann Mortimer, C.M., RCA

17420 Dufferin Street
Newmarket, ON
Canada L3Y 4V9
Tel: (905) 895 - 2768

Artist's Statement
It is a challenge to compress into a “statement”, appropriate words that would adequately sum up 40 plus years of experienced enjoyment while working with clay as an artist.

My present challenge is to thoroughly explore the possibilities and difficulties of relating clay to the architecture of umbrellas.

Numerous visits and working sessions in China introduced me to the varied forms and uses of umbrellas in society. For now, the challenge is to thoroughly explore the possibilities and difficulties of making, decorating and sharing with the public, the results of what has happened when----!

Ann Mortimer graduated from Georgian College, Design Arts Department in 1972 and subsequently worked as a Teaching Master at the college. She has conducted numerous workshops and lectures served as a juror, participated in exhibitions and her works collected both nationally and internationally. Administrative capabilities saw her elected as the President of The Canadian Guild of Potters, The Canadian Crafts Council and the Ontario Crafts Council and asked to sit on the Board of the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Art, Alfred. N.Y.

Born in Toronto, ON, since 1960 she has resided and worked in her studio in the Newmarket area.

Education, Courses
Graduated Georgian College of Applied Arts and Design, Barrie, ON.
Banff Centre, Banff, AL

Selected Exhibitions
• “Ann Mortimer, Birds, Tea Cocks and Umbrellas” David Kaye Gallery, Toronto
• Ann Mortimer – In Series, Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, ON
• IAC Exhibition, Santa Fe, NM, USA
• Gardiner Museum, Toronto, ON2011
• “Tactile”, Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, ON
• “Terra Factor – Canadian Ground Breakers in Ceramic Art”, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Burlington, ON
• “Matter of Clay III” Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery

• “The Great Umbrella Caper,” Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora, ON
• IAC exhibition, Sevres Museum, Sevres, France
• “East Meets West”, Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo, ON
• “Upstarts” Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery, London, ON

• Umbrella Installation in lobby of the Gardiner Museum, Toronto, ON
• “Unity and Diversity”, Cheongju International Ceramics Exhibition, Cheonghi, South Korea
• “vessels”, Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts, Collingwood, ON

• International Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition, Jingdezhen, China
• “Pleasure – Purpose”, Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto, ON2007
• “Heart To Art Exhibition”, Muse Gallery, Toronto, ON

• Sydney Myer Fund International Ceramic Exhibition, Shepparton, Australia
• Matter of Clay 11, Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery, London ON 
• Unique, 30 Years of outstanding Crafts, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Quebec

• Fireworks 2005, FUSION Conference, Waterloo, Ontario
• Delightful Teapot, WOCEF, Gyeoggido, Korea

• “The Grande Dames of Ceramics”, Andora Gallery, Carefree, AZ

• “21st Century Ceramics in USA and Canada”, Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus, OH
• “Surfaces”, The Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough, ON

• “Beyond Ground Zero”, Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery, London, ON

• Feature, Gardiner Museum, lobby exhibition, Toronto, ON

• Foshan Ancient Nanfeng Exhibition, P.R. of China
• Spaces: Interior and Exterior, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
• ”Sublime Servers”, Baltimore, Maryland, New York, NY, Doylestown, PA

• “Small in Scale”, Nancy Margolis, Gallery, New York, NY

• “The Maverick Spirit”, Art Gallery of Mississauga, ON

1996 – 98
• “White on White”, Contemporary Canadian Ceramics, ON and Asia

• Sixth National Biennial of Ceramics, Trois Rivieres, Quebec

1990 – 08
• International Academy of Ceramics, Czech Republic, Turkey, Scotland, Japan, Korea, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Canada and China

1971 – 90
• FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association tours 1990,86,84,71 1981 – 87
• Ontario Crafts, Ontario Crafts Council (1987,85,81)

1993 – 94
• Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, ON

1987 – 94
• Triennial of Small Scale Ceramics (1st & 2nd), Yugoslavia

1981 – 82
• New Works in Clay 111, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse & USA tour Honours

Awards – Associations – Commissions - selected
2006 – 09
• Commissioned to create 10 “3M Teaching Fellowship Awards” through Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery, London ON

• Visual Arts International Achievement Award

• Elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

• Inducted into The Order of Canada

• Seventh International Ceramics Symposium Award, Everson Museum, Syracuse, N. Y.

• Elected to International Academy of Ceramics 

• Ateliers d’Art de France, Paris, France

• The Gardiner Museum, Helen Gardiner Collection

• The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG), Winnipeg, Manitoba

• Canadian Museum,, FLICAM, Fuping, China

• The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Riga, Latvia

• The George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, ON

2001 – 04
• Helen R. Gardiner, Toronto, ON

• Keramion Museum, Frechen, Germany
• Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec

• Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, N.S.

1996 – 98
• Burlington Art Centre, ON

• Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China

• Decorative Arts Museum, Prague, Czech Republic

• FUSION Collection, Burlington Art Museum, ON

• N. China University of Technology, Central Academy of Art & Design, Beijing, China

• Kunstindustrimuseet, Oslo, Norway
• Charles Bronfman Corporate Collection, Montreal, Quebec

• Permanent World Exhibition, Novi Dori, Yugoslavia

• Burlington Art Centre from New Works in Clay 111 series

• State University of Utah, Logan, Utah, USA

• Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, USA

The Landing - variable sizes - low fire

Les Etranger - variable sizes - variable sizes - low fire

Blossoms and Dots - 56 cm - porcelain umbrella

Jingdezhen Treasure - 44 cm - porcelain umbrella

Celebratory Circles - 44cm - porcelain umbrella

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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