The Potter's Studio History

 

In 1971 The Ontario College of Art and Central Technical School were the only places offering pottery classes for a limited number of adult students.  Because there were so few opportunities for serious amateur potters, a group of 12 people conceived the idea of starting a co-operative studio.  With great support from the local potters' community, and the Clay and Glass Association, which is now called Fusion, the Studio was born.

Space was rented at 328 Dupont Street, shelves were built, supplies, equipment and materials were ordered.  By April 1972 the Studio was up and running. The word had spread and membership grew to 40, as well as a waiting list of people who wanted to join.  In June 1977, the sale of the building on Dupont Street necessitated the move to 2 Thorncliffe Park, Unit 16.  By 2002, we were able to accommodate 50 potters.  That year, we received a Trillium Grant to improve the accessibility of our physical space and participate in workshops with not-for-profit community groups and other outreach activities.  In 2020, we moved a few doors down to a beautifully renovated Unit 19.