Rural Ottawa is getting in on the making of Populace sculptures too! Students in 6 art classes at West Carleton Secondary School participated in 3 days of workshops, making 135 pieces all together. The students have really gotten involved in the project, excited to have their work on display for the public to see next summer. Thank you to the enthusiastic teaching team at West Carleton for your support of the project and your dedication to your students in offering them this opportunity. A big thank you to the students for your artistic contribution to this mega installation of public art. You are part of history now! It was wonderful working with you!
- Kirstin Davidson, Populace Coordinator
Anticipating another making day tomorrow with the studio potters and friends at the Gladstone Clayworks. http://www.gladstoneclayworks.ca. Here are two short videos capturing out experience last making day in November. December brings with it many opportunities for Populace community outreach at local high schools and studios in the region. It allows us to contemplate on the nature of community art and how clay is bringing new experiences and skills to young and old alike throughout Ottawa. In January we explore new territories – heading out to Kingston and Deep River. Maybe your community?
Populace went to Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School for a fun making session with its amazing art teachers. We were also joined by a Syrian refugee – who is an artist – and her new Canadian friend and we all learned to make a rose, a lily and a feather. Thank you LDHSS for your contribution to this community project!
As many potters will tell you, a potter’s work is often solitary, either working alone in a studio or lost in thought in a group class. Not so with Populace! One of the things that we love about this project is how it is bringing people together. The Thursday studio at the Nepean Visual Arts Centre (http://ottawa.ca/en/liveculture/art-centres/nepean-visual-arts-centre) spent a raining Friday morning making Populace roses. The roses were spectacular and each one was as unique as the individual potter who made them. Thank you for the Thursday roses!
In last night’s Ottawa Guild of Potter’s meeting, our guest speaker, Puck Janes, reinforced the notion that the community-driven nature of the project Populace was similar to her experience in the Saskatchewan pottery scene, which works in a progressive, collaborative manner.
Puck introduced us to many Saskatchewan potters including Carol Epp, Vic Cicansky, Randy Woolsey, Joe Fafard, David Gilhooly, Greg Hardy, Jack Sures, Marilyn Levine, and the Emma Lake International Collaboration and many more.
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