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Artist: Michelle Mendlowitz


Michelle Mendlowitz
Michelle Mendlowitz, ONTARIO
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My work as a ceramic artist consists of both functional and sculptural objects.I am drawn to clay for its expressive nature as well as its ability to create utility. As an artist, I am intrigued by layers. As a maker, process plays an important role. Each working stage in a piece brings a new layer and each action leaves its mark on the finished results. The forms I create are derived from landscapes and borrowed elements from nature, architecture and the human form.
Ceramic surface plays an integral role in my work, acting as the final layer or skin of the object. Drawings are created with the intention to play with melting properties of glazes, in order to reveal and conceal the original sketches. Various textures are utilized to highlight the raw clay combined with controlled layering of glazes leaving room for the spontaneous nature of what happens in the kiln.

Education
2000- 2005 Completed a Bachelor of Design at Ontario College of
Art and Design, as a ceramics major.

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions
2019, Causality: The Cumulative Effect, Gardiner Shop, Toronto, ON
2019, Core, JJ Studio Store, Toronto. ON
2016, Juxtapots, JJ Studio Store, Toronto, ON
2010, Michelle Mendlowitz New Works, Atelier Gaia, Montreal, QC
2010, Summersault, Gallery Artplus, Belleville, ON

Group Exhibitions
2019, 260 Fingers, Ottawa, ON
2019, Ash and Barrel Invitational, Toronto, ON
2017, Cause & Effect, Shane Norrie Contemporary, Stratford, ON
2016,’15,’14,’13,12,’11,'10,'09,'07,'05,'04, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
2016,’15’14,’13,’12,’11,'10,'09,'08, One of a Kind, Christmas Show, Toronto
2015 Small Transgressions, Craft Ontario Gallery, Toronto. ON
2015,14,’13,’10 Best Of TOAE Award Winners Exhibition, Toronto, ON
2014, 2013 The Artist Project, Toronto, ON
2013, Gifted, The Clay Studio Shop, Philadelphia, PA
2012, The Art of Mentoring: A Legacy, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery,
2011, Critical Path, Burlington Art Center, Burlington, ON
2010, 2009, Award Winners, OCC Gallery Toronto, ON
2009, Feature, Petroff Gallery, Toronto, ON
2008, 2007, 2006, Cabbagetown Outdoor Art Show, Toronto, ON
2007, The MADE Show, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON

2007, Currents, MAAD Alumni Reunion Show, OCAD, Toronto, ON
2007, Powerplay, Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, ON
2006, Object Toronto, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON
2005, Go West, Kabat Wrobel Gallery, Toronto, ON
2004, Earthly Expressions, OCAD Gallery, Toronto, ON
Other Activities
2010 OCC at the G8 and G20 Summits, Muskoka and Toronto, ON
2009 OCC Market Place, Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Korea
2006, 2003, Whodunit , OCAD Silent Auction, Toronto, ON

Teaching Experience
2016-2017 Creative Directions Mentor, Fusion: The Ontario Clay and Glass
Association
2014- Present, Ceramic Instructor, Prosserman JCC, North York
2009-present, Ceramic Instructor, Gardiner Museum of Ceramics, Toronto
2008 Summer Technician, OCAD Ceramics Studio, Toronto
2006- 2014, Ceramics Instructor, The Koffler Center of the Arts,
North York
2006-present, ceramics Instructor. 1910 Danforth Ceramics, Toronto
2005 - 2006, Drawing and Painting Instructor, Pine Street Arts,
Woodbridge
2004, Ceramics Instructor, The Clay Studio, Toronto

Awards/Grants
2014 Honourable Mention/Ceramics,TOAE
2013 Best of Ceramics, TOAE
2012 Craft Project: Individuals Grant, Ontario Arts Council
2011 Best of Ceramics, TOAE
2010 Craft Project: Individuals Grant, Ontario Arts Council
2010 OCC Volunteer Committee Emerging Professional Grant
2009 Honourable Mention/Ceramics,TOAE

2009 RBC Lakatos Craft Career Award, OCC
2007 London Potter’s Guild Award, Thames Art Gallery
2004/2005 Dora Wechsler Memorial Award, OCAD
2002/2003 Dora Wechsler Memorial Award, OCAD
2001/2002 Pottery Supply House Award, OCAD
1999 Markham Multi-Cultural Art Award, Town of Markham,

Represented By
Clay Design, Toronto, ON
Distill Gallery, Stratford, ON
Gaia Atelier Boutique De Ceramique, Montreal, QC
The Gallery shop, The Gardiner Museum, Toronto, ON
Craft Ontario Shop, Toronto, ON
ABG Shop, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, ON
Permanent Collections
Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington, ON


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