The History of the 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 an eager non-professional potter who wished to take potting seriously, 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 there was a membership of 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 the present location at Thorncliffe Park where we can accommodate 50 potters. We are a not for profit co-operative.
The philosophy and purpose of the Studio is to provide a place for developing potters to work, learn and to share ideas and expertise.