Bio

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.

 


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Education:

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:

1994 – 1996               Art Instructor, MIT Student Art Association                             Cambridge, USA

 

Group Exhibitions:

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

Solo Exhibitions:

2015    No Two Alike (curator Rochelle Rubinstein)                         MonTon Window Gallery, Toronto

 

Residencies:

2016    The International Ceramics Studio (March 1 – 31)                                   Kecskemet, Hungary

 

Press:

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.

 

Commissions:

2013    Ceramic Wall Installation (event)                                                                      Art Gallery of Hamilton

2016    Genius Loci I                                                                                                      Private Collection                   

 

Awards:

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

 

Professional Affiliations:

Craft Ontario

FUSION Canadian Clay and Glass Association

Toronto Potters

 

Volunteer Work:

2016    Toronto Potters: Exhibition Chair for 19th Biennial Exhibition