Presented in partnership with the Gardiner Museum, Knowing Histories, Building Futures is a beginner-friendly clay making workshop series for community members ages 19 and up. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a series of free online clay workshops offered in person at the Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park, Toronto, ON.
Workshops will be facilitated by artist and ceramicist Adam Williams of Clay Space Studio, and will focus on creating works influenced by our shared histories, and inspired by our collective futures. During each workshop, instructor Adam Williams will lead participants through basic clay techniques. Works will then be photographed and showcased online in recognition and celebration of participants’ accomplishments during the program. This program is open to all participants 19 and up, however, space will be prioritized for Black/Afro-diasporic community members.
This program will also feature two live artist talks hosted on Zoom, featuring clay-based artists Christine Nnawuchi and Sharon Norwood, where each artist will discuss their artistic practice with participants, followed by a Q&A period.
|September 8||Intro/ Basic Techniques / Mark Making|
|September 15||Basic Techniques / Mark Making / Begin Making Work|
|September 22||Basic Techniques / Mark Making / Continue Making Work|
|September 29||Artist Talk with Sharon Norwood|
|October 6||Continue Making Work / Glazing Begins|
|October 13||Artist Talk with Christine Nnawuchi|
|October 20||Photographing Complete Works|
|Showcase of Participant Work|
Note, workshops will be taking place in-person at the Gardiner Museum. All Public Health guidelines and regulations will be upheld, including:
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Adam Williams is a ceramic artist now living and working in Toronto, Canada, but is originally from Trinidad and Tobago. His functional wares are fairly humble forms with elaborate and dramatic images. Adam’s sculptural work however is all over the place. Most of his time is spent experimenting with miniature forms and occasionally, he carries some of those ideas into larger, finished pieces. Adam has tried to give you a view into these experiments in his Playtime blog. For Adam, the most meaningful part of his process is where he mix and match ideas with the hope of coming up with new ones. Website
Christine is a self-taught Caledon-based contemporary ceramics artist whose work celebrates the beauty in imperfection, reminiscent of an ancient time. She is inspired by ancient African ideas, cultures and principles. She creates objet d’art with their own tales and history, and endeavours to recreate mythology in a magnificent way.
Christine’s work unearths the work space of an ancient healer and the matriarch of an ancient village. These are the items left behind when your village is ravaged by tribal wars, drought, fire or famine, these are the items left behind when you’re fleeing your community and home. Some pieces are utilitarian, some are adornments, others tools. These white porcelain sculptures are the remnants of the past, ghostlike and bright. They are the contemporary evolution of the instruments of life found within the walls of abandoned ancient homes. Website | Instagram
The Gardiner Museum brings together people of all ages and backgrounds through the shared values of creativity, wonder, and community that clay and ceramic traditions inspire. The Museum engages audiences with exhibitions, programs, and hands-on classes, while stewarding a significant permanent collection. The Gardiner Museum interprets historical ceramics to emphasize their relevance today, and champion emerging and established Canadian artists and their role in the broader world. They innovate through clay education, as it brings together the experience of making with a deeper understanding of the art of ceramics. The Gardiner Museum believe in making, looking, and thinking through clay. Website
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