April 11 – May 12, 2019
Craft Ontario Gallery
1106 Queen Street W. Toronto






April 11 – May 12, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday April 11, 2019 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Craft Ontario Gallery
1106 Queen Street W., Toronto 

Working with clay actively engages the body. The artists in this exhibition trust that their lived experiences, stories, and skills are indwelled in the muscles used to make their work.

Each of the artists in this exhibition took part in the Muscle Memory International Ceramic Symposium & Residency, which was programmed and founded by Mimi Kokai in collaboration with the International Ceramic Studio (ICS) in Kecskemet, Hungary and took place in both 2017 and 2018.


Experiences of injury and recuperation informed the theme to the Muscle Memory symposium. One of the purposes of the residency is to demonstrate the power and the skill of artists with disabilities.


During each of the residencies the artists became a strongly knit community. Many of the artists have noted the mentorship, and guidance they received from their fellow participants. It is remarkable to imagine the strength and trust that was built and cultivated not just within their own bodies as they worked with clay, but also with each other.


All of the works explore various themes surrounding tacit knowledge, and the body’s ability to bounce back, grow, resist, and remember.




Andrea Piller
Aneela Dias-D'Sousa
Annika Hoefs
Bernadette Pratt
Catherine Jones
Gracia Isabel Gómez Cantoya
Heidi McKenzie
Lesley McInally
Lisa Walter
Mary McKenzie
Mimi Kokai
Susan Low-Beer



*The title of this exhibition was inspired by the title of Mari Sorri’s seminal article The Body Has Reasons: Tacit Knowing in Thinking and Making, which was inspired by Blaise Pascal who wrote “the heart has reasons which reason knows not of”.

Mari Sorri, The Body Has Reasons: Tacit Knowing in Thinking and Making
Journal of Aesthetic Education
Vol. 28, No. 2 (Summer, 1994), pp. 15-26 (12 pages)
Published by: University of Illinois Press


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Photo credits (from top to bottom): Nesting Shino by 
Bernadette Pratt,
The Narrative of Food by Aneela Dias-D'Sousa, The Habbits of
White Men (Sow) by Lisa Walter, Float by Annika Hoefs

Banner image: The Narrative of Food by Aneela Dias-D'Sousa




Who We Are

Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.