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Speaker Night: Alison Brannen

Alison Brannen is a ceramic artist living and working in Toronto, who has been making art for 30 years, working primarily in clay for the past 20. Trained as a printmaker, Alison holds an MFA from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and a BFA from York University, Toronto. She recently retired from teaching ceramics at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts in Toronto. She exhibits her work through various Ontario guilds and at the Gardiner Museum Shop and Craft Ontario. In 2016 she was awarded Best in Show for the Potters Guild of Hamilton and Region Biennial Exhibition and the Tuckers Award at Toronto Potters Biennial Juried Exhibition. She is known for her large -scale decorative smoke-fired vessels created in her own molds and fired in saggars.

At the September meeting, Alison will give a visual presentation as well as a demonstration of Kintsugi, a modern interpretation of a technique based on the ancient Japanese art form in which breaks and repairs are treated as part of the object’s history. Broken ceramics are carefully mended by artisans with a lacquer resin mixed with powdered gold.