7:30pm 7:30pm

Speaker Night: Mary McKenzie


Mary is a Toronto based artist and member of Toronto Potters who has shown her art works locally, nationally and internationally in Norway, Austria and Korea. Although she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Alberta, she more recently returned to school, where she graduated from the ceramics programme at the School of Crafts and Design at Sheridan College. Her painting and her ceramics have won numerous awards. She was short listed for the Royal Bank New Painter award for Central Canada. Her ceramic work has been featured in various exhibitions including: Boxed In, NL Provincial Gallery; Hot Mud: Emerging Canadian Ceramic Artists, Art Gallery of Burlington; War: the Light Within After The Darkness, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, ON. and The Gardiner Museum, Toronto.

Mary will speak about her work and her residency in May 2017 in Hungary.

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to Nov 26

Christmas Sale & Soup Bowl Event

Check out the fabulous artwork available for purchase from the 7 guilds that are part of the AGB! Great pottery, sculpture, carving, paintings, photography, weaving, fibre arts, rug hooking and more! Something for everyone!! You'll find the potters in the Lee Chin Family Gallery just off the Brock Lobby.

Thursday and Friday: 9am-9pm,
Saturday and Sunday: 10am-5pm

At the same time, the AGB fundraiser: Soup Bowl, will be taking place in the Shoreline & Rotary Rooms. Buy a ticket, pick out a beautiful handmade pottery bowl, most of which are donated by our potters, choose a delicious soup and salad from a selection of local restaurants, enjoy a roll, coffee and dessert and go home with your bowl as a keepsake! More details and ticket info on the AGB website.

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7:30pm 7:30pm

Speaker Night: Emma Smith

Come out and watch Emma Smith demonstrate how to make handles and spouts. Emma is a potter who primarily wood fires (now in the brand new kiln she and Duncan Aird built together, brick by back-breaking brick) and has her own studio and shop in Jerseyville Ontario. Here are a few pics of her work with more to see at

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to Aug 13

Electric Kiln Firing Workshop for BPG members

Members, if you want to fire any of the electric kilns at the AGB, you need to take this workshop that takes place over 3 days. Cost: $40

Thursday, August 10, 7-p:30 pm

  • load kilns, both bisque and glaze
  • program kilns to fire

Saturday, August 12, 9am -2pm

  • fire off kilns
  • learn about firing process
  • make cone packs
  • learn about glaze defects, safety, etc.

Sunday, August 13, 12-2pm

  • unload kilns and discuss results

Participants are encouraged to bring ware to bisque and glaze fire on THURSDAY pm so it can be loaded into the kilns. Cost of kiln rentals are included in the workshop.

If interested, please email Monika Schaefer at to book your spot, and give her a rough idea of how much work you may have to fire (not mandatory to bring work to fire to participate in workshop)

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to Oct 10

Garden of Chimes Exhibition

This exhibition is displayed in the Courtyard at the AGB. Many of the approximately 30 entries are collaborative pieces between various guilds at the AGB (including several from the Potters' Guild) and others from Southern Ontario. The exhibit runs to the end of October.

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Canada Day Celebrations at the AGB

The AGB is open from noon to 5pm on Canada Day, Saturday, July1st.
There will be lots of things happening that day:

12 noon: Unveiling of the new Guild posters and Canada150 AGB book in the Shoreline room.

12:15-1pm: Burlington Concert Band playing

1-3ish pm: Free BBQ in the laneway beside the Brock Lobby. Get your hotdogs before they run out!

1pm on: Quilting Demo in the Rotary room.

1-4pm: Open Studio

1:15-2pm: Burlington Concert Band playing

2pm: Garden of Chimes Exhibition Opening in the courtyard.

Plus check out activity in the various guild rooms!




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BPG Guild Raku and Potluck

Come out to our summer send-off raku and potluck! Members who are new to raku but would like to try a piece or two - this is your opportunity!

The Raku: Here's how it works... Experienced members will start the raku kiln in the morning, and they will be firing the kiln throughout the day. Once the kiln reaches temperature, loads will be fired every 30-40 minutes. Last load will go in at 4 pm. If you wish to participate, please have your bisqued pot(s) glazed at least the day before, so the glaze has time to dry (wet pots sometime explode in the kiln). There is raku glaze you can use ($1 per dip) on the shelving unit in the studio to the left of the kiln door. There is no fee to have your piece(s) rakued. We can't guarantee all pieces will be fired, but we will try to get as many done as we can. You are welcome to watch. If you wear the proper gear (no synthetics - just natural fibres, respirator, etc), you can participate with the bins.

The Potluck: starts around 6pm. Bring a dish to share. Also bring your own plate, cultery, beverage, cup. Remember there is a nut-free policy at the AGB.  The potluck always offers up excellent food - potters all seem to be able to cook! - and is a great way to meet or reconnect with other members in a relaxed atmosphere.

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7:30pm 7:30pm

Speaker Night: Speaker Denise Smith

In the Pottery Studio at the AGB at 7:30pm

A native of Thunder Bay, ON DENISE SMITH (BFA, Lakehead University, 2010, MFA, University of Regina) received Ontario Art Council funding for her first solo exhibition, The Beasts of Intentions, at Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay in 2011.

In 2012 she was selected to participate in an artist residency at The Gimhae Clayarch CeramicsnMuseum in Gimhae South Korea, where she created a body of work and participated in thenmuseum’s A.I.R. Group Exhibition.

Denise was chosen in 2013 as one of six emerging ceramic artists to represent the province ofnOntario in HOT MUD: A National Survey of Contemporary Canadian Emerging Ceramists at thenArt Gallery of Burlington. She was subsequently invited to attend the Medalta International ArtistResidency program in Medicine Hat, AB.

Denise is the recipient of several academic awards at the University of Regina, a TeachingnAssistantship as well as a University Teaching Fellowship. Her work examines the relationshipnbetween humans and animals in western culture.

Denise currently resides in Mississauga and shares a studio in Toronto while working at theMississauga Living Arts Centre.

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to Apr 30

Two day workshop with Carol Gouthro

Carol will demonstrate the various hand building and surface design techniques she uses to achieve unusual complex forms with rich colourful surfaces. Along with her signature plaster segment mold process, wood drop molds, slip cast molds, constructing forms with tar paper,
and laminating forms with clay texture slabs, Carol will approach surface design using slips for texture, layering colors and patterns with underglazes, carving, wax inlay, wax resist, shellac resist, image transfer techniques, and accentuating surface texture with stains on bisque ware.

Lunch and snacks provided both days.

Saturday, April 29th and Sunday, April 30th, 2017 9-4pm
Art Gallery of Burlington
1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, Ontario, CANADA

By March 27th $150 (including HST)
After March 27th $175 (Incl. HST)
Payment can be made by etrans

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5:00pm 5:00pm

Opening Reception, All Guilds Show

Come join us in celebrating our winners in the All Guilds Show. Presentations will be made between 5 and 7pm.

The spring Kaleidoscope Show and Sale will also be on at the same time, so check it out for great pottery, sculptures, carvings, paintings, photography, weaving, fibre arts, rug hooking and more!

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to Apr 23

Kaleidoscope Spring Art Sale

Check out the fabulous artwork available for purchase from the 7 guilds that are part of the AGB! Great pottery, sculpture, carving, paintings, photography, weaving, fibre arts, rug hooking and more! Something for everyone!! You'll find the potters in the Shoreline/Rotary rooms at the front of the building.

Also, check out the fabulous hands-on activities that the kids (of all ages) can participate in! The potters will be offering raku teabowls again on the Saturday only, from 10am to 3:30. Bring the kids, pick out a teabowl ($8) that's already been made just for you, glaze it in a glaze you like, and then our team will raku fire it in front of your eyes. This is an awesome thing to watch, as our potters will pull your red-hot pot out of a very hot kiln (1000°C!!) and plunge it into a reduction chamber. If you love fire, you'll love to watch this happen. Kids are mesmerized by the process! You can take the bowl home with you about 1-2 hours later.

So come to the pottery studio first to pick out and glaze your bowl, then head out through the building an check out all the fabulous art on offer. Most of the other guilds will also have hands-on activities during the weekend. Get a passport when you arrive, take it with you to each stop, get it stamped and enter to win some cool prizes too!

Mark your calendars!!

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7:30pm 7:30pm

Speaker Night, Speaker: Gracia Isabel Gomez

Gracia Isabel Gómez was born and raised in Mexico City. After many years of working in design, publishing and exhibition planning she decided to follow her passion and study Ceramics at Sheridan College in Ontario in 2013.

Gracia Isabel draws inspiration from mythology and her dream world. Currently, the ceramic medium provides a perfect means of expressing the hybrid traditions of her country, and gaining an understanding of the way colonialism transformed one of the most important cultures of all times.

Gracia Isabel has participated in a number of exhibitions. One of her first projects in first year, a maiolica platter “Augur’s Mirror” was choose to be displayed at the Gardiner Museum alongside historical platters in the permanent collection. That same summer she was given the summer residency award at the Mississauga Potters Guild. Finishing second year she was awarded a one month Summer Residency at the Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics, Medalta International Artists in Residence Program in Alberta.

Through the ceramic practice Gracia Isabel will continue developing artistic responses to social concerns.

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to Apr 9

BIG CLEAN UP of the pottery studio

Members, please come in and clean something whenever it suits you during those days. This counts towards volunteer hours. Lockers and shelves will be reassigned at that time for another year. Kaleidoscope Show and Sale takes place 2 weeks after this and we want our studio to be sparkly clean!

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7:30pm 7:30pm

Speakers Night: Speaker TBA

Potter Jung-Do Lee, Burlington resident and member of the Burlington Potters Guild has worked in the traditional Korean Buncheong stoneware stamping technique for 40 years. March 21 he will grace our studio with a demonstration of his style at 7:30 pm.

His work has been extensively exhibited internationally in numerous group and solo exhibitions since 1990 and is in public museum collections in Korea, France, Belgium, the UK, the US and in Toronto at the ROM.

Join us at the pottery studio in the AGB.

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7:00pm 7:00pm

Arts Burlington Annual General Meeting

To All Guild Members:

You are invited to the Arts Burlington Annual General Meeting on March 9, 2017 at 7 pm.

This Annual General Meeting will be held in the Rotary Room at the Art Gallery of Burlington.

The evening will feature Robert Steven, President and CEO of the Art Gallery of Burlington, as well as annual reports by our guild presidents: Fine Arts, Latow Photographers, Handweavers and Spinners, Fibre Arts, Sculptors and Woodcarvers, Hooking Craft, Potters, and a keynote speech by Ms. Sandy Simmelink, “Art, Time and Tools.”

Light refreshments provided.

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7:30pm 7:30pm

Speakers' Night: Richard Fisher

Richard Fisher will demonstrate Throwing Large Pottery.

Having studied mechanical engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and ceramics at Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design has positioned Richard to make extremely comfortable and functional pottery for everyday use.  Residing in Dundas, ON., he is known for his signature dragon fly motif on his table ware pottery and for his large stoneware kitchen compost pail design.

Richard shares passion for pottery at shows all over southern Ontario, such as One Of A Kind, Muskoka Arts & Craft Show, the Cabbagetown Arts & Craft Sale, as well as the Beyond the Valley Studio Tour and as an instructor at the Dundas Valley School of Art. His work may also be found at the Carnegie gallery Shop and Art Etc at AGB.

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