I am a potter and a ceramic artist living and working in Toronto. I immigrated to Canada from my native Czechoslovakia, and took my first weekend course in pottery shortly afterwards. Subsequent employment in a production studio of Rick and Nancy Hilborn as well as working within MIT Art community when living in the USA deepened my infatuation with the material and led to explorations of form in stoneware and Raku.
A new direction of work came as a result of my professional experience as a therapist teaching mindfulness and meditation to clients with chronic pain. My interest in the grounding qualities of clay and its decorative and utilitarian function was replaced by deepening desire to capture states, emotions, moods and perceptions. The questions of vulnerability and fragility, change and energy, action and consequence are at the centre of my current explorations.
My previous educational background includes Sheridan College’s Crafts and Design Ceramics program, art history studies at Harvard Extension School and a B.Sc. in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. I also completed one moth residency in The International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary in 2016.
My work was exhibited with the Ontario Craft Council, FUSION, The Carnegie Gallery, The Gardiner Museum and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. I am also a recipient of a 2014 Craft Ontario Award.
2012 – 2014 Sheridan College Craft and Design Ceramics Major Oakville
2011- 2012 FUSION Mentorship Program with Angelo DiPetta Milbrook, ON
2005 - 2010 George Brown College Drawing Certificate Toronto
1996 – 2000 University of Toronto Toronto
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
1994 – 1996 Harvard Extension School Cambridge, USA
Liberal Arts Program
Related Work Experience:
2018 - present Ceramic Instructor Toronto District School Board Adult Education
2019 Vessel Elaborations CO Space Craft Ontario
Fireworks 2019: FUSION Clay and Glass Association Travelling
RetroACTIVE (invitational) Carnegie Gallery Dundas
2018 Sanguine (juried) Mississauga Arts Centre
2017 Celebration (Invitational) Gardiner Museum, Toronto
Carnegie Craft 2017 (Juried) Carnegie Gallery, Dundas
Craft Ontario ’17 (Juried) Craft Ontario, Toronto
2016 Revitalize (Invitational) Gardiner Museum, Toronto
2015 The Bowl Show (Invitational) Gardiner Museum, Toronto
Fireworks 2015: Fusion Clay and Glass Association (Juried) Ontario, travelling
Carnegie Craft Biennial Exhibition (Juried) Carnegie Gallery, Dundas
2014 The Toronto Potters 18th Biennial Exhibition (Juried) Gardiner Museum, Toronto
Materialize (Juried) Craft Ontario, Toronto
Sheridan Graduate Show Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery, LondonON
Creo Sheridan Graduate Show MakeWorks, Toronto
At Risk Gardiner Museum, Toronto
Intimate/Immediate Sheridan Gallery, Oakville
2013 Clay Journeys: Explorations in Clay (Invitational) Gristmill Studios, Westport
2012 Parallel Journeys: Two Mentorships OCC Gallery, Toronto
2011 Handy: An Exhibition of Functional Craft (Juried) OCC Gallery, Toronto
Spring Art Sale (Juried ) Art Gallery of Hamilton
2010 The Toronto Potters 16th Biennial Exhibition (Juried) Toronto
FUSION: The Pottery and Glass Show (Juried) Toronto
2015 No Two Alike (curator Rochelle Rubinstein) MonTon Window Gallery, Toronto
2016 The International Ceramics Studio (March 1 – 31) Kecskemet, Hungary
Parkinson, Kamille (2013). “Clay Journeys: Explorations in Clay”. Fusion: a Magazine for Clay and Glass; Autumn 2013, volume 37, number 3,6-7.
Read, Heather (2013). “All of These Things are Part of Me: Multicultural Potters in Canadian Landscape”. Fusion: a Magazine for Clay and Glass; Autumn 2013, volume 37, number 3,18-20.
Cox, Janet (2012). “Parallel Journeys: Two Mentorships”. Fusion: a Magazine for Clay and Glass; Autumn 2012, volume 36, number 3,8-11.
2013 Ceramic Wall Installation (event) Art Gallery of Hamilton
2016 Genius Loci I Private Collection
2018 Spectrum Award, Sanguine
2015 Best in Ceramics Award, Carnegie Biennial Show
2014 Toronto Potters Award, The Toronto Potters 15th Biennial Exhibition
Ontario Craft Award, Tuckers Pottery Supplies Ltd. Grant
Bruce Cochrane Clay Club Award
2013 Bruce Cochrane Clay Club Award
FUSION Canadian Clay and Glass Association
2018 Toronto Potters: Exhibition Chair for 20th Biennial Exhibition
2016 Toronto Potters: Exhibition Chair for 19th Biennial Exhibition