Awards

The Pottery Supply House Clay or Glass Supply Grant

The Pottery Supply House (PSH) in Oakville, Ontario was founded in 1958 by Jorgen Poschmann to meet the needs of potters and clayworkers for clay, glaze, raw materials, kilns and equipment.  Jorgen's partner, Graham Willis, joined the company in 1961 and the company was incorporated in 1964. PSH has been an important part of the Canadian ceramic and commercial pottery industry ever since.

Today, ownership has passed to a new generation, who remain committed to providing the best new products and services to potters and sculptors. The current generation of owners, Eric Poschmann, Gunnar Poschmann and Jeremy Willis, continue to work to fulfill the changing needs of modern potters. At the same time, PSH expertise is being applied to many new industrial and R&D applications.

PSH provides a complete range of supplies and equipment to potters from their primary location in Oakville, Ontario, Canada and from S&S Pottery Supplies in Kitchener, Ontario. They produce their own clay bodies and glazes, and carry a full line of tools, raw materials, books and equipment.

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PSH also manufactures "Euclid Kilns" and "Euclid's Elements". They build top and front loading kilns for pottery, glass, enamelling and many other applications. They make elements for all kilns, including custom, and supply parts and service for all makes of kilns and equipment. Additionally, PSH manufactures kilns and furnaces for a wide variety of industrial uses, and are a respected source for a wide variety of related products. PSH has been successful in responding to a wide range of heat process requirements in industry, some far removed from traditional ceramics.

Product innovation and adaptability are central themes at PSH. While expansion to serve the needs of other industries has become a major instrument for steady growth, PSH is committed, first and foremost, to developing and seeking out improved products and services for clayworkers and glassworkers. As testament to the company’s dedication to clay and glass artists in Canada, PSH maintains an expanding collection of pottery, sculpture and glasswork which can be seen in the company showroom. The Pottery Supply House is also an active supporter of organizations and events that promote clay and glass, including Craft Ontario.

The Pottery Supply House Clay or Glass Supply Grant provides funds for students or emerging craft professionals to purchase equipment and/or materials to establish their studios.

The Craft Awards program is able to take place on an annual basis through the valued support of many generous donors and sponsors. Our thanks go to the following organizations, businesses and individuals: the Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee, The Pottery Supply House, Tuckers Pottery Supplies Ltd., FUSION: the Ontario Clay and Glass Association, Lacy West Supplies. Ltd., as well as members and friends of the Mather, Farndale, Copeland, Walker, Gregor, Yung, McPherson, Cochrane, and Diamond Butts families.

 
               

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Then and now: PSH operated out of  "The Granary" on the banks of  the Sixteen MileCreek in the heart of Oakville in the 1960's. Today, the PSH building and showroom is found at 1120 Speers Road, Oakville, ON.

Pattie Walker Memorial Award in Architectural Glass

Pattie Walker was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1948. Pattie and her sister Roberta were raised by her American mother, Canadian father and beloved Colombian nanny Mimi Vazquez. The family moved to the United States and Pattie later moved to Canada in 1966 to attend Queen's University. After graduating Pattie worked in the criminal justice system, taught dance and travelled. Her professional life changed when she made her first stained glass piece. She found the creative process pure magic. That was the start of a more than 30-year career as a stained and appliqué glass artist.

Pattie pursued her technical training the traditional way. Beginning in 1980 Pattie embarked on a two-year apprenticeship with internationally renowned stained glass artist Stephen Belanger-Taylor. Working with Taylor on large liturgical commissions and restorations, she received in-depth classical training in architectural glass techniques. These include glass painting, acid etching, leaded work, dalle de verre, and glass appliqué. She then continued to expand on her foundation of traditional technique through the exploration of contemporary applications of her medium. These included appliqué, sandblasting, and neon.

Pattie expresses her vision through the use of color and light as elements for the transformation of space using both sculptural form and architectural environments. Pattie's work can be found in churches, homes and public buildings in, around and beyond Toronto. She expressed her vision through the use of color and light as elements for the transformation of space using both sculptural form and architectural environments.

Established by friends and family in memory of Pattie Walker (1948 – 2012), this award recognizes excellence in glass and is open to artists at all career levels. The award seeks to support those that work in architectural glass, reflecting Pattie’s commitment to the medium:

“Making art is about making contact. I strive to create art pieces and environments that will animate and energize space. And connect viewers to the radiant force of light."

The Craft Awards program is able to take place on an annual basis through the valued support of many generous donors and sponsors. Our thanks go to the following organizations, businesses and individuals: the Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee, The Pottery Supply House, Tuckers Pottery Supplies Ltd., FUSION: the Ontario Clay and Glass Association, Lacy West Supplies. Ltd., as well as members and friends of the Mather, Farndale, Copeland, Walker, Gregor, Yung, McPherson, Cochrane, and Diamond Butts families.

Images: Pattie Walker Portrait. Side Middle: In Her Sacred Space, 1992, leaded stained glass, 30 sq. ft., photo by Pattie Walker. Side bottom: Pattie Walker, Geo Strata, 2006, glass appliqué, acid etching, painting, carved wood,  25 sq. ft., photo by Joy von Tiedemann.

 

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Mary Diamond Butts Award in Embroidery and Needlecraft

Mary Diamond Butts was born Olive Mary Diamond in the village of Kingston, Kent, England (between Canterbury and Dover). She came to Canada as a war bride, having married the Rev. William E. Hitchens before leaving England. The couple settled in London, Ontario, and had two daughters. Olive, as she had been called until then, left her first husband in about 1969, and started to use her second name. From then on, she was Mary - or Bunty to close friends.

Since she married for the first time, Mary had always had a full-time job in addition to being a wife and mother, but her second husband, Robert E. Butts (then Head of the Philosophy Department at the University of Western Ontario) decided that she should now have time to devote to an activity that she really loved. Mary and Robert spent the academic year 1970-1971 in Faro, Portugal - and there Mary discovered embroidery. She made, among other things, a number of beautiful naive wall-hangings of her own design. Later, she was able to accomplish her ambition of studying at the Royal School of Needlework in London, England, from where she returned to Canada bringing an entire suitcase full of silk and metallic embroidery threads.

In the years before her sudden death in 1983, Mary turned to machine embroidery on silk which she dyed herself. Some especially memorable pieces were inspired by the reflections in the mirror windows of new high-rise buildings, and were composed of myriad tiny scraps of silk stitched together in beautiful but seemingly random patterns reminiscent of those formed in a kaleidoscope.

The Craft Awards program is able to take place on an annual basis through the valued support of many generous donors and sponsors. Our thanks go to the following organizations, businesses and individuals: the Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee, The Pottery Supply House, Tuckers Pottery Supplies Ltd., FUSION: the Ontario Clay and Glass Association, Lacy West Supplies. Ltd., as well as members and friends of the Mather, Farndale, Copeland, Walker, Gregor, Yung, McPherson, Cochrane, and Diamond Butts families.

   
Mary Robertson Textile Award
               

 

Honouring the memory of Toronto weaver Mary Robertson, this scholarship was established by her family to recognize excellence in the medium of textiles through assisting a person intending to pursue further education in textiles. This includes the study of textile printing, surface embellishments, weaving, basketry, and embroidery.

Images: Top Detail: Helen Frances Gregor, Homage to Goethe, Linen, 4' x 10', 1981.

   
Lily Yung Memorial Award

Originally from Hong Kong, Lily Yung was a leading figure and key player in the fine craft, art, and design communities in Toronto and Canada for many years. She ignored borders and boundaries that limit creativity, but found interest and stimulation in all areas of the arts and beyond. She was a founding member of *new* gallery, a contributor to Craft journals, and the 2010 recipient of the John Mather Award for Lifetime Achievement.

While completing her PhD in Immunology at the University of Alberta, Lily studied printmaking and subsequently began designing and making jewellery in 1986, specializing in non-precious materials. In 2004, she received an Artist in Residence for Research project grant (supported jointly by the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Research Council of Canada), that launched her exploration into the design and fabrication of objects through Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM). The main focus of her work was the creation of unique and limited edition works using Rapid Prototyping (RP) systems, though she also utilized die and laser cutting, CNC milled molds for casting and water jet cutting in her work. The aim of her design work was to integrate the skills of the craft artist and the technologies of manufacturing to fabricate unique jewellery while maintaining a relatively high level of output.

Yung also gave back to the community through her work in mentoring the next generation of practitioners. Her interaction with emerging designers included giving workshops and lectures on her own work as well as taking on student interns and assistants. Her high standards, endless energy and quest for perfection set an example for all to emulate.

Established in 2011 by family, fans and friends, this award honours the memory of Lily Yung, whose unflagging energy and creativity as a mentor, innovator and advocate was so influential in shaping a contemporary craft discourse. Open to artists in any craft discipline, this award acknowledges excellence and innovation in craft as demonstrated by an established professional.

The Craft Awards program is able to take place on an annual basis through the valued support of many generous donors and sponsors. Our thanks go to the following organizations, businesses and individuals: the Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee, The Pottery Supply House, Tuckers Pottery Supplies Ltd., FUSION: the Ontario Clay and Glass Association, Lacy West Supplies. Ltd., as well as members and friends of the Mather, Farndale, Copeland, Walker, Gregor, Yung, McPherson, Cochrane, and Diamond Butts families.

Images: Lily Yung, SHArings. Laser cut acrylic, 2006. Variable dimensions, 3 cm - 8 cm h x 2 cm - 3 cm w. Side middle: Lily Yung, Collar. Red felt, die cut and hand assembled, 2006. 76 cm l x 11.5 cm w x 1 cm. Side bottom: Lily Yung, Biovoid Bracelet. Rhino 3D design, Zcorp 3D printer with plastic powder, cyanoacrylate, 2006. 9 cm w x 9 cm l x 6.5 cm h.

       

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Who We Are

Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.