MARCH 23 – JUNE 3, 2017
1106 Queen Street W., Toronto
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 23, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Please join us to celebrate the work of twenty accomplished Craft Professional members in the Craft Ontario ’17 biennial juried exhibition.

Craft Ontario ’17 surveys the work of members across the province, and presents the very best of contemporary craft. Since 1975 Craft Ontario has supported the development of contemporary craft through juried exhibitions of member work, and during this year’s Opening Reception, the recipients of the following awards will be announced: Award of Excellence, $750; Best in Show, $500; and Honourable Mention, $250. Juried by Gordon Thompson (Sheridan College Craft & Design Program) and Chung-Im Kim (OCAD University Material Art & Design Program), Craft Ontario ’17 features the work of:


Hana’s work originates in her love of drawing, and of line that unites or divides space. She is interested in describing forms through balancing elements, the game of contrast and comparison, harmony and dissonance, light and shade, with space both hidden and revealed.


Eden’s current body of ceramic sculptures focus on the human spirit and the potential to overcome adversity.  She uses bridges, walls, seesaws, ladders, and pillars to symbolize life’s hurdles that lead to transformation.


Keith works in porcelain and makes vessels which are functional but sculptural in concept. He aims to create unique forms and themes using numerous decoration and making techniques to develop a dialogue with the viewer.


Lisa’s primary drive as a ceramicist has been that of storytelling from a personal connection to the subject. Through her work she attempts to question and destabilize her own understanding of personal and collective identity.


Aurora is influenced by how people identify and interact with their surrounding environments; from the high-rise concrete structures of Hong Kong to the contrasting tropical forests of Indonesia. She sees glass as a medium that is malleable enough to depict both the strength and structure of cities and the serenity and power of nature.


Heidi’s work is grounded in woodworking and characterized by clean lines and authentic detailing. Re-imagining historical and archetypal forms within the context of contemporary design, she aims to create simple, useful and timeless pieces that enhance our daily rituals and add comfort and beauty to the spaces we inhabit.


Garland’s furniture is inspired by animalistic forms as well as mid-century American and Scandinavian makers. Primarily driven by function and craftsmanship, Garland’s work is built to last and please the user for years to come.


Owen Johnson’s practice examines pattern from a position of passionately informed irreverence, challenging 20th century practices of appropriation by exploring historically significant ornamental pattern structures and motifs.


Davoud’s newest adventures in wood are free form sculptures, organic and abstract in shape. Nature, movement and human body inspire most of his work.


Joon Hee’s work is rooted in personal anecdotes and engaging narratives. Reflecting on the persevering burden of human relationships, behaviours, and emotions, her body of work embodies both the expected and mysterious aspects of life.


Born and raised in Cochrane, a small town in Northern Ontario, Becky takes inspiration from the urban landscape and its juxtaposition with the natural world.


Tanya has always been a gatherer, collecting and taking in, objects, moments and memories.  She uses clear glass in combination with natural and found objects to express and reflect her experiences, thoughts and questions about the world we live in and who we are.


Judy’s work is grounded in the phenomenological idea that the sense of touch is the most effective way to make an emotional connection with others, and her surfaces are covered with hand stitching.


Shawna’s work focuses on her relationships with family and friends, specifically her mother. She also explores themes involving romance novels, sexuality, and subversion of traditional craft practices.


Gular’s practice of making art jewellery is based on her own experience in the world - yet it is also an invitation for others to discover their own possibilities within the work. She sees jewellery’s potential to portray a deeper expression of a person's background and culture.


Sam’s work considers our relationships with those around us, human, object, or otherwise, employing the aesthetic of the diorama through small-scale installation. The figures illustrate strangely familiar scenes that view contemporary culture through both a cynical and comical lens.


Andrea’s immediate landscape is the source of her inspirations. The process of making with clay is not unlike the forces of nature. It is a constant reminder of transformation and regeneration. She seeks the connections between our bodies and fragments of the earth, and tries to redefine and celebrate in a gesture.


David’s love of wood has evolved into a passion for revealing the beauty within ordinary, North American woods, and combining these with exotic woods to create functional and decorative pieces. Wood pieces that some see as not fit for firewood, David see as his palette.


Expanding on the theme of architecture-inspired jewellery, Patricia’s newest collection references traditional Japanese architecture and the way they transform and construct windows/screens with paper.


The Nautiloid neckpiece is from Carolyn Young’s "Survival Choreographies" project, which takes inspiration from collective intelligence patterns, such as the flocking of birds.  Her work explores the place of transition at the threshold of creativity itself.



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.