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Feb. 12 – Mar. 14, 2021

Yvonne Jeavons
Biography

Yvonne Jeavons is a potter who resides in Ingersoll Ontario. She has been an active member of the Creative Art Centre now for approximately 10 years. Since her retirement a year ago, she has been able to spend considerable time at the Centre honing her pottery skills. She particularly enjoys the feeling of community there, and the support she receives from her peers. As well, she has developed a unique style that includes, among other things, the use of Queen Anne’s Lace to various effects within her pottery.

Artist Statement
A number of years ago, on one of my walks, I came across Queen Anne’s Lace and wondered about pressing this wildflower into the clay. Queen Anne’s Lace is a non-native wildflower that is a member of the Carrot Family (Apiaceae). My initial results exceeded my expectations and I continue to explore different possibilities and outcomes incorporating this medium. Given that the symbolic meaning of Queen Anne’s Lace represents sanctuary, I feel that it expresses my sentiment perfectly. That is to say when I work with clay, and the Lace, everything disappears; I am in another place.




Sydnie Crockett
Biography
Sydnie Crockett has been working with clay for 20 plus years. She has participated in numerous workshops throughout the province covering a wide range of techniques and ceramic processes. She has studied with well known ceramic artists Shane Norrie, Bill Reddick, Shirley Clifford, and Jeff Lounsberry. Her preference is to create functional work that is intended to be used and enjoyed daily.

Artist Statement
My journey working with clay is a love of working with a medium that has no boundaries. I equate it with the freedom of making mud pies as a child. The options to make different kinds of pots with different kinds of clay are endless and knows no limits, I am constantly trying to find my perfect fit with the medium of clay.

Sydnie Crockett
Sugar Bowl
White clay and horse hair
9.5″ x 6″
NFS

Sydnie Crockett
Pottery Vessel
white clay & horse hair
NFS
Sydnie Crockett
Flower Tray
white clay & colored slip
16″ x 8″
NFS

Ruth Hartley Ceramic Artist
Biography
Ruth exhibits her work at the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre and the Woodstock Art Gallery, in the Oxford Studio Tour and various venues through Oxford Creative Connections. Her work has been accepted for exhibit at the Glenhyrst Art Gallery and has been regularly selected for the Woodstock Art Gallery Visual Elements Exhibition. Ruth is a long time member of the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre, Woodstock Art Gallery and Oxford Creative Connections. In 2020, Ruth and her husband, Bruce presented a dual exhibition “Complimentary Visions” at the Station Arts Centre in Tillsonburg. She is also a member of the Brantford Potters Guild and Fusion: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association, through which she has attended many invaluable workshops to enhance her art.

Artist Statement
Inspired by nature, I strive to emulate its forms, textures, and colours in my functional stoneware and one of a kind decorative pieces. I use wheel-throwing, hand-building, and sculpture, or a combination of these techniques to develop my own personal style as a ceramic artist. I started out on my journey with drawing and painting, then I discovered pottery as a medium. Now I enjoy employing all these artistic media in my work. My passion for pottery grows from the challenge of creating a thing of beauty from a lump of clay.

Ruth Hartley
Fantasia
porcelain thrown handbuilt bud vase with applied petals
16″ x 6.5″
$95.00
Ruth Hartley
Iris Trio
porcelain thrown, cut out painted irises
8.5″ x4″ x4″
SOLD

Ruth Hartley
Kimono with Cranes
textured and painted clay tile
9″ x 8″
NFS

Rosemary Lewis
Biography
Rosemary made her first clay pot, a small hand-built flower pot, at a women’s retreat when she was in her late twenties. She knew instantly she liked working with clay, but it took another twenty years before her life had enough breathing room for making clay objects. She has developed her proficiency and technique through courses in hand building, throwing on the wheel, raku firing, pottery decoration, and glaze chemistry, as well as drawing and painting, at the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre, Haliburton School of Art and Design, and elsewhere.

Artist Statement
Working with clay is, for me, a way of thinking about the natural world, especially biology, which I find beautiful, strange, and endlessly fascinating. When I begin a sculpture of an animal or plant, I look at the real thing if I can, read about it, examine photos and drawings, watch youtube videos if I can find them, and imagine the life of that organism. Although absolute realism is impossible, I struggle to make a clay representation that celebrates a unique, amazing, and identifiable life form that really exists on planet Earth. In addition, I like to think about how that animal or plant expresses something about me and my life, perhaps illuminating my fascination with deadly sea creatures and carnivorous plants.




Susan Rayner
Biography

Sue has always been very interested in working with clay and first joined the ICAC pottery studio in the late ’70s. However, life got in the way – as it often does when we are younger – and her interest in pottery was set aside to concentrate on family and career. Upon retirement, she was again able to pursue her interest and has, over the years, taken a number of related courses through Haliburton School of the Arts, as well as attended many classes and workshops within our ICAC pottery studio. Sue has now been practicing the craft for approximately 16 years and at present, teaches some of the beginners’ wheel classes here at the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre.

These pieces are glazed in a combination of Roses Red with a splattering of Glossy Blue.
Electric kiln, fired to 2222°F, (cone 6)


Sue Rayner
Open Casserole
6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ deep
SOLD

Sue Rayner
Bowl
11″ x 3″ deep
SOLD

Keri Axon
Biography
Keri is a retired educator, who has always had a keen interest in the arts, dabbling in various art forms until she finally took her first pottery class at ICAC. She fell in love with the many possibilities of creating with clay. Keri has been a member of ICAC since 2002, serving many years on the Board of Directors, and winner of the Newell Award in 2017. Keri has exhibited in several exhibitions, both at Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre and at several art venues sponsored by Oxford Creative Connections.

Artist Statement
As an artist, I am constantly changing my focus, techniques, and interests. I am concentrating on surface decoration and pattern development using a variety of decorative techniques. The pieces in this exhibition are examples of bubble glazing and shellac resist.


Keri Axon
Rectangular Serving Dish
Shellac resist
10″ x 9″
$35.00

Phoebe Campbell
Biography
Phoebe Campbell has enjoyed playing with clay since she was a child at boarding school in England. Now that she is retired she has time to play and usually makes sculptures, either realistic or symbolic.

Artist statement
What relaxes me most is grabbing that lump of clay, pounding out the air bubbles, and then squeezing, pushing, and moulding the clay into a shape. Often that shape begins to form into something as I am pushing and squeezing, so I then add features to bring the form to life, as with my piece; “Oh no, can this be happening?”.
The other pieces that I have in this exhibit are from sculpture courses that I took, so the process is different, with the idea or guidelines at the beginning encouraging me to start with the form or idea, then create the sculpture. The final finishing completes the challenge either with glazing, as with my piece; “Green with envy”, or alternative finishes like oil paints or acrylics, as with my piece; “Saw-whet Owl”.




Paulette Robertson
Biography

My adventure in clay began 46 years ago, with a piece of pottery that I received as a wedding gift. I enrolled in a pottery class with an old Latvian potter in Hyde Park, Toronto….and the rest is history.
Since then, I have been experimenting with clay, and somehow, hand building is what I enjoy. I believe that there is a spirit in each piece of clay, that wants to come out….and identify itself!!!

Artist Statement
I would like to share a few of my creations with you….as you can see, each piece has its own identity.

“WALL”Y
Wally is a raku mask – his spirit is one of a worrier…let him do your worrying for you.

HOLEY MONK
A spirit of an old monk, from Marble Mountain, Vietnam….a memory of a trip from a few years ago.

BUDDHA
In Japan, I visited a cemetery with many Buddhas who were protecting the unborn babies. This Buddha represents the spirit of that day, a memory that stays with me.




Keith Lewis
Biography
In Keith’s first-class on the pottery wheel, at the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre, he was asked what he wants to make. When he said that he wanted to make a large plate at least 14 inches across, the instructor smiled and said, “Well, maybe not by the end of this course.” Eventually, after a few more wheel courses, Keith’s pieces began to get larger. Even today, his desire to make bigger pieces has not yet been exhausted! While Keith usually creates his pottery pieces at home, he appreciates and enjoys the Centre, where he volunteers and occasionally teaches pottery wheel courses.

Artist Statement
Lines, shapes, and texture intrigue me in drawings and on the surface of pottery. Over the years I have experimented with creating textures with homemade bisqued stamps pressed into soft clay. The two plates, which reflect the richness of lines and shapes in old houses and buildings, use only black stain and clear glaze to highlight the texture.
I am also drawn to the earthy, rustic colour of ash glazes. The large bowl was fired three times with ash glazes and high magnesium glazes as I discover how to achieve these effects with an electric kiln.

Keith Lewis
Georges House
Speckled clay with white clay sprigs fired to cone 6
16.5″ x 1.5″
$400.00

Keith Lewis
Village Street
Speckled clay fired to cone 6
16″ x 1 3/8″
$275.00


Jeff Lounsbury

Biography
Jeff Lounsbury has been working with clay for over 40 years. He has staged several solo exhibitions and contributed to many group exhibits. He has taught many classes in hand-building over the years.

Artist Statement
This work documents my varying successful efforts to keep the pandemic from driving me crazy.

Jeff Lounsbury
King of the Pond
Clay with cold finish
12″ x 11″
$250.00

Jeff Lounsbury
Red Portal
Clay, epoxy, metal with cold finish
23″ x 12″
NFS

Jeff Lounsbury
‘Storm Warning”
Clay with cold finish
24″ x 36″
NFS

Jeff Lounsbury
“Patience”
Clay with cold finish
12″ x 12″
$200.00

Allyson MacDonald
Biography
Allyson has always had an active interest in pottery. After taking her first course at the London Clay Art Center 4 years ago she became hooked on throwing pots on the wheel. Working within the supportive group at the Ingersoll Creative Arts Center for the last 3 years she has improved her skills and still finds joy in the process.

Artist Statement
My work is inspired by the beauty I see around me, both natural and man-made. This vase was inspired by a visit to l’Abbaye de Valsaintes in Provence, France. The chapel features 4 stained glass windows representing the 4 elements; earth, air, fire, and water. This is a theme that interests me and the windows were so beautiful I photographed them carefully with the intent of trying to reproduce them in pottery.


Betty Bartram
Biography
Betty has always had an interest in the arts but until recently focused on Theatre. When the chance came to take some pottery classes at the Creative Arts Centre, she was hooked.

Artist Statement
I have always enjoyed working with different mediums including clay, weaving, and acting in local community theatre. Working with clay gives me the chance to play and just see what happens. My work focuses on handbuilding which allows me to make functional items or sculptures. This past fall, we held some workshops at the Centre, and my piece “Within Reach” was created there.


Betty Bartram
Dragon Egg
Handbuilt sculpture, white stoneware, glazed 9″ x 9″
$100.00