Upcoming Exhibition


My work is inspired by modern architecture and, in particular, minimalism. The use of color is prevalent in my work for its symbolic meaning and emotive qualities.


Reflections on Growth: Michelle Mendlowitz (June 25 - August 13, 2022)


June 25 - August 13, 2022
Reception: Friday, June 24 from 6-9pm
Craft Ontario Gallery, 1106 Queen Street West, Toronto

"My work as a ceramic artist consists of both functional and sculptural objects. I am drawn to clay for its expressive nature as well as its ability to create utility. As an artist, I am intrigued by layers. As a maker, process plays an important role. Each working stage in a piece brings a new layer and each action leaves its mark on the finished results. The forms I create are derived from landscapes and borrowed elements from nature, architecture and the human form.

Ceramic surface plays an integral role in my work, acting as the final layer or skin of the object. Drawings are created with the intention to play with melting properties of glazes, in order to reveal and conceal the original sketches. Various textures are utilized to highlight the raw clay combined with controlled layering of glazes leaving room for the spontaneous nature of what happens in the kiln."

– Michelle Mendlowitz



Vanessa Yanow (August 20 - October 1, 2022)

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August 20 - October 1, 2022
Reception: TBC
Craft Ontario Gallery, 1106 Queen Street West, Toronto

Vanessa Yanow is a queer artist who works primarily with textiles, flame worked glass and found objects. She has been reviewed and featured in many North American publications as an exceptional fine craftsperson, but her BFA in Paint from RISD points the way back to a grounding in the visual arts, lending her work a unique strength that defies categorisation. Her sculptural work has been shown in museums in Canada, and in galleries and art fairs internationally. Her work is also part of the city of Montreal’s permanent collection, the collection of Le Musée des Maitres et Artisans in Montréal and in the Musée National in Québec City. Vanessa currently lives and works in Tiohtià:ke aka Montreal out of The Long Haul – a nonprofit, artist-run organisation that she cofounded in 2001. They offer 35 artists 18 studio spaces to make art out of and to exhibit from. They are dedicated to facilitating its members’ art production by providing affordable workspaces in a supportive, inclusive and secure environment


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.