May 4-14, 2022
Satellite Project Space
121 Dundas St
Gallery hours: Wednesday-Thursday 2:00-7:00pm, Saturday 12:00-5:00pm
Reception: May 14, 1:00-4:00pm
FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association presents Gaining Ground: A Step Outside the Comfort Zone, a Creative Directions program mentored by Lesley McInally.
FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association is the only not-for-profit organization dedicated to clay and glass artists. FUSION’s mission is to encourage and promote excellence and quality in clay and glass, provide opportunities, a sense of community and continuing educational resources for members and people interested in clay and glass through tolerance, caring and acceptance. FUSION creates opportunities for artists working in clay and glass through the Creative Directions program. Participants are mentored by a professional artist through a series of workshops, meetings and critiques where they expand their technical skills, develop critical thinking and build greater confidence in their work.
“As mentor for Creative Directions, I challenged the participants to let go of their inhibitions and relearn how to simply play with materials, colours, surfaces and form. My intention was to show the students how to let go of their fears and step out of their comfort zones, allow all preconceived end goals to dissipate and begin again with fresh eyes.
In the beginning, I took a risk and introduced the book “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron. I invited the group to work their way through a 12-week program which involved journaling, examining specific topics and tapping into a creative thought process. I had hoped this experience would allow each participant to take on the insights that spoke directly to them, awaken their senses and follow their own individual journey during lockdown. It allowed the group some guided focus during an incredibly isolating time whilst opening up the possibility of delving deeper into their practice and questioning their own perspective.
It was an incredible experience to watch each student’s journey and artistic growth. With each meeting they were able to expand and develop their ideas and skill sets, gain confidence and focus on creating a body of work towards an exhibition in The Satellite Project Space gallery. I am so proud of each and every one of them.
Thank you to FUSION for inviting me to share my skills with such a wonderful group of people. And thank you to all the students who persisted through what has been a very challenging two years of our lives. You have all bloomed.” – Lesley McInally
Lesley McInally arrived in Canada in 2004 bringing with her an honors design degree in Ceramics and Printmaking. She is a full-time professional artist who exhibits both nationally and internationally, sells her work through a number of galleries, leads inspirational workshops and juries exhibitions.
To learn more about FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association, please visit www.clayandglass.on.ca or follow @fusionclayglass.