About The Potter's Studio
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 the fall of 2020, we moved a few doors down to a beautifully renovated Unit 19 and also launched our online shop.
“Seize the Clay”, A SPARK Partnership Project
Cultural Hotspot was created by the City of Toronto almost ten years ago. The goal was to highlight the arts outside of the downtown core. As part of the City of Toronto’s Cultural Hotspot initiative, The Potter’s Studio proposal was approved through the SPARK Partnership Projects for funding to develop and carry out programming that supports and enhances arts in the community. This project is free to participants.
The Potter’s Studio has partnered with The Neighbourhood Organization to work with youth aged 8 to 18 in the area. Starting in 2021, volunteers from The Potter’s Studio will organize a number of clay workshops where youth can develop hand-building skills with clay. Giving back to the community, the youth will create clay art for the offices at The Neighbourhood Organization.
The Potter’s Studio would like to thank the City of Toronto for the opportunity to celebrate, promote and grow community arts in our neighbourhood.