HPG Woodfire Mentorship – Hours & Ours

Potter’s Guild of Hamilton & Region Woodfire Mentorship Exhibition

February 5 – 28, 2016
Opening reception Friday February 5, 7-9:30pm

front of invitation Hours & Ours

Hours & Ours is a celebration of work produced by six local potters and their mentor, Tony Clennell – an artist with over 35 years of experience in the field of woodfired pottery. The exhibited pieces represent the culmination of hundreds of hours of work, creating clay pieces and firing them over the course of eighteen months. The process, which saw the group working collaboratively over such an extended period of time, has made this mentorship particularly special. As Clennell notes:

“Wood firing teaches ceramic history, physics, aesthetics, glaze and clay chemistry, and most importantly team building. The firing of the kiln for extended periods of time requires focus, initiative, dependability, hard work, and the ability to work as a team for a common goal. Most of the wood firings averaged 30+ hours in duration with one firing that went for 96 hours.

The kiln required constant attention so that schedules were drawn up to allow teams to fire in 6-hour blocks. We usually would all gather for the last 4 hours of the firing to make sure all hands were on deck to reach final temperature and to celebrate our combined accomplishment.”

Wood firing is a very old tradition dating back thousands of years in the making of ceramic wares. Hours & Ours highlights that tradition while marking the joys of mentorship and artistic collaborations which push beyond the conventional and expected.

Mentor: Tony Clennell

Duncan Aird
Christine de Takacsy
Jen Drysdale
Teresa O’Grady-Dunlop
Barbara Rose
Annemarie Row
Emma Smith

Hours & Ours exhibition view,
Work by Tony Clennell (far L) and Barbara Rose (R).
Hours & Ours exhibition view, work by Annemarie Row
Containers by Annemarie Row
Firing the wood kiln at Pinecroft

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