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Tony Clennell Workshop

Selling Everything But Out - 2006

Tony will teach the fine points of making great pots including throwing techniques, surface embellishments, and the little details that make all the difference. Rest up for the ride...Tony is an entertainer, a philosopher, one helluva potter, and never shy with his opinion. This is going to be a fun one!

Workshop participants will learn Tony's sectional throwing method for making pots in pieces, resulting in articulated shapes while making it easier to handle larger amounts of clay. Tony will show slides that document his work and what he will be making that weekend. The pottery demonstrated will include large jugs, casseroles, vases, teapots, cups, bowls and platters. Handles, lugs, altering, cutting and surface embellishment with slips is also covered. We'll learn how to make pots that sell without selling out your soul!

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Artist talk w/slides
February 3, 2006, 7:00 pm
Free to the public
Two day Workshop
February 4-5, 2006
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tony Clennell Bio

Tony Clennell is a second generation Canadian potter, working alongside his wife Sheila for the past 18 years. He has studied in Canada, England, and Japan. He has an extensive publishing history and is a regular columnist for Clay Times, very active on the ClayArt email discussion group, and a frequent contributor to Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated. Tony teaches part-time at Canada's top art school, Sheridan College.

The Clennells have created two educational videos: Making a Handmade Cane Handle and Taking the Macho Out of Bigware. Their studio, Sour Cherry Pottery, is located in Beamsville, Ontario. Tony built his first studio in 1978.

Tony Clennell Resume

Arts Education:
Second generation studio potter, family operated studio for 48 years
Georgian College, Barrie, Ontario, studied with Roger Kerslake
Banff School of Fine Arts, Banff, Alberta, studied with F. Carleton Ball
Wobage Farm Pottery School, Herefordshire, England, studied with Mick and Sheila Casson
Studio History:
1978, Established Gleason Brook Pottery in Wiarton, Ontario
1998, Established Sour Cherry Pottery in Beamsville, Ontario
Workshops, Residencies, Teaching:
2001-2005, Sheridan College, School of Craft and Design, Sessional instructor Toronto Potters
2001, Juror of Annual Exhibtion at Gardiner Museum
2001, Workshop presenter at Waterloo Potters, Kawartha Potters Guild, Ottawa Potters, Mohawk College, Ontario Crafts Council, Alberta Potters, Creative Oasis, State University of NY
2001, Artist in Residence, Medalta Artists Residency, Medicine Hat, Alberta
2001, Potter in Residence, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
2002, Sheridan College Faculty- Summer School Course entitled “On Fire”
2003, Sheridan College Faculty- Summer School Course entitled “Hell’s Gatekeeper”
2004, Goshogawara International Artists Residency, at the studio of Ryoji Matsumiya, Aomori, Japan
2004, Panelist, "The Naked Truth", International Woodfire Conference in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
2005, Workshop leader, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay
2005, Workshop leader, Michigan Potters Guild, Lansing, Michigan
2006, Workshop leader, MudFire Clayworks, Atlanta/Decatur, Georgia
Juried Exhibitions and Invitational Shows:
Plates, Prime Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Woodfired, MacDonald Building, Toronto, Ontario
Woodfired Cup Show, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
Aaron Milraad Collection, Buffalo, NY
Mad Hatters Tea Party, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, February 2003
Bowls, 2003 Group Show- Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art
High Tea, Invitational Show, Jordan Art Gallery, Jordan, Ontario, November 2002
Group Plate Show, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario
Works in Shino, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, Ontario, May 2001
Air Dynamics, Group Show, Medicine Hat, Alberta, June 2001
Featured Artist, Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario, January 2001
39th 2000 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
40th 2001 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Honourable Mention
41th 2002 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
42nd 2003 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Honourable Mention
43rd 2004 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
44th 2005 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Best Ceramics, Arron Milrad Award
Local Produce, Grimsby Art Gallery, July 2003
Something’s Brewing, Burlington Arts Centre, Teapot show, October 2003
Kissing Cousins Ceramics Meets Glass, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, 2004
Asian Influences, Gardiner Museum, 2004
Quietly Convincing, Curator of Show, Burlington Arts Centre, October 2004
Endless Variations, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, 2005
Ten Years After, Clay Times Invitational, NCECA Conference, Baltimore, 2005
Cup Show, Distill Gallery, Toronto, 2005
Ron Meyers and The Royal Canadians, The Signature Shop & Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, 2005
Joy of the Noble Teacup, International Chawan Exhibition, Japanese Embassy, Belgium, 2005
In Our Cups, Lockhart Gallery, Geneseo, New York, 2005


Ontario Arts Council Crafts Award, Recipient, 1993, 1997, 1998, and 2003
Tom Thompson Juried Art Show, Best in show, 1993
Burlington Arts Centre Juried Show, Juror, 1998
Designer Crafts 2000, Hamilton and Region Arts Council, Juror
Fusion Ontario Clay and Glass 2000, Jurors Choice Award
Hamilton Potters Guild 2000, Honourable Mention
Hamilton and Region Arts Council 2001, Craft Education Award
Toronto Outdoor Arts Exhibition 2001, Honourable Mention
Toronto Outdoor Arts Exhibition 2003, Honourable Mention-Tucker’s
Pottery Supply Ceramic Award
Canada Council Travel Award, 2003
Assemblage 2004, Hamilton Potters Juried Show, Best Functional
Award and Purchase Award for the Permanent Collection
Goshagawara Museum Permanent Collection, Amori, Japan
TOAE 2005, Arron Milrad Best Ceramics Award and Purchase Award forMilrad Collection

Photos Selected For

Woodfired Stoneware and Porcelain, by Jack Troy
The Ceramic Spectrum- 2nd edition, by Robin Hopper
Studio Practices, Techniques and Tips, A Ceramics Monthly Publication
Making Marks, by Robin Hopper, 2004
Contemporary Ceramics in Canada, by Gail Crawford, 2004
Potter’s in Residence, by Diane Creber, 2005
Media Productions:
Taking the Macho Out Of Bigware, video and DVD production distributed internationally
Making a Handmade Cane Handle, video and DVD production distributed internationally
Ceramic Publishing History:
2005, Ron Meyers Ten Years After, feature, Clay Times
2005, Art Goes Beggin, Clay Times
2004, Saskatchewan, Clay Times
2003, Up in Canada - An Appreciation of the Work of Bruce Cochrane,Ceramics Monthly
2003, Lemon Aid, Clay Times
2003, Best in Show, Fusion - The Ontario Clay and Glass Assoc.
2002, A Rubber Nose and Glasses, Clay Times
2002, Adios, Mr. Mojo, Clay Times
2002, The Ghost of Carbon Past, Studio Potter Magazine
2001, Caught at the Hip, Ceramics Monthly
2001, What's Your Cup Size, Clay Times
2001, Caught in a Trap, ceramics Monthly
2001, Romancing the Buzzards, Clay Times
2001, Let Your Frak Flag Fly, Clay Times
2001, Forged in the Hammer, Fusion - The Ontario Clay and Glass Assoc.
2001, Gone Home, Clay Times
2001, My Favourite Cup, Fusion - The Ontario Clay and Glass Assoc.
2001, The Wreck of the Barbie Ferrari, Clay Times
2000, Attention to Detail, Ceramics Monthly
2000, Gone Fishing, Clay Times
2000, Potter's Field, Clay Times
2000, Seeing Red, Clay Times
2000, So What!!!! Clay Times
2000, Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk, Clay Times
1999, My Perfect Body, Clay Times
1999, No Excuses, Clay Times
1999, Buy Something and Get the %#@! Outta Here, Clay Times
Fall 1998, Being Fitted for a Coffin, Contact Magazine
Fall 1998, Off With His Wee-wee, Contact Magazine
Winter 1999, Lock, Stock and Barrel, Contact Magazine
1996, Uncle Jimmie and Me, Contact Magazine
1995 , The Music Is Not In The Piano, Contact Magazine
1995, North of the 49th Paralell, Ceramics Monthly
1994, Ron Roy - That Ole Black Magic, Ceramics Monthly
1992, Peddling Pots, Fusion - The Ontario Clay and Glass Assoc.
1983, Throwing Party, Fusion - The Ontario Clay and Glass Assoc.
1982, In Search of a Racer, Fusion - The Ontario Clay and Glass Assoc.