Sunday, 25 September 2016

260 FINGERS: TOP CERAMIC ARTISTS CONVERGE FOR EXHIBITION AND SALE

Maureen Marcotte


175 Third Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario
Opening/Vernissage: Friday, November 11, 6-9pm
Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, 10am-5pm

If BBC’s reality TV show The Great Pottery Throwdown, high-profile art competitions like RBC’s Emerging Artist Peoples Choice Awards, and numerous prestigious international ceramics competitions are any indication, clay is now being acknowledged as a valued contemporary medium that is increasingly popular with artists, audiences and collectors. Ceramic work has spread its wings and is catching some well-deserved limelight! The ceramic world has become…well…something akin to sexy!

But this is something that the members of 260 Fingers have known for decades, and celebrating high-calibre ceramic work is the reason this speacial exhibition and sale was established 12 years ago. This November 11-13th, the twenty-six ceramic artists and potters of 260 Fingers 2016 will congregate at Ottawa’s Glebe Community Centre for their annual exhibition and sale of some of the most inspiring and diverse ceramic work from Ontario and western Quebec. The breadth and caliber of this show is recognized as unique in the province and features work from functional to sculptural, wood-fired to electric-fired, from formal, to functional, to highly decorative. 

The event features numerous award-winning artists with international followings. This past summer, among the 100 participating artists in the prestigious Biennial of Ceramics in Taiwan, six were from Canada. Four of these six were our own 260 Fingers artists: Lisa Creskey, Paula Murray, Reid Flock, and Cynthia O’Brien who travelled to Taiwan for the exhibition. Others have participated in national and international residencies over the last few years. Still others have had significant exhibitions locally and internationally. Each of the artists views 260 Fingers as a welcome opportunity to present their newest and in many cases, most daring or challenging work.

Each year new guests are invited to participate to help keep 260 Fingers fresh.  This year’s guests are Toronto potters Chiho Tokita, Loren Kaplan, Jeannie Pappas and Heather Smit as well as Quebec artists Don Goddard and Marianne Chenard.

On Friday, November 11, from 6-9pm, the gorgeous, domed atrium of the Glebe Community Centre will open its doors to visitors eager to be among the first to view and purchase this year’s new work. The vernissage is open to everyone and is truly a festive celebration of ceramic work complete with music, food, drink and lively conversation.  The show continues Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13 from 10am – 5pm. Artists will be present all weekend. Tours of the show are each afternoon at 2pm and offer an opportunity to hear about each artist’s unique work and processes and to ask any questions you may have about their work and studio practice.

260 Fingers is a free event. For more information please email 260talentedfingers@gmail.com or call Maureen Marcotte at 819-459-3164

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