Annual studio tour heads back to its roots

News Oct 02, 2009 Ancaster News

Potter Jonathan Harper is looking forward to this weekend’s Dundas Studio Tour. A founding member of the popular tour, Mr. Harper will be the host at the exciting new historic studio location -the Dundas Museum’s Doctor’s Office.

“The Dundas Studio Tour is extremely pleased to be partnering with the Dundas Museum for this exciting new historic studio location, saidMr. Harper.

“It’s a perfect place to showcase this year’s theme, Back to our Roots. Many still remember the building as Dr. Bates' Office, the first property in Dundas to be designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.”

Over the next several months, Mr. Harper will take part in several retail craft shows in Ontario, Quebec, New York, Michigan and Vermont. When he’s at home in Waterdown, he can be found in his studio, preparing work for the tour.

Mr. Harper enjoys making functional stoneware pots. He has been a potter for 25 years, has taught at Sheridan College and has been an artist in residence at Harbourfront in Toronto. He hand-paints each piece of greenware using stained porcelain on the raw clay, cutting through the clay with a wire loop tool to create the decorative carving. After the first firing, a translucent white glaze is applied over top of the decoration to soften the colour, and then the pot is fired again.

Mr. Harper’s carving is influenced by the rhythms of basketry and block printing and by his love of biological diversity which can be seen in the variety of his bird jugs and in the myriad arrangements of his whistles — bird whistles, frog whistles and fish whistles, to name just a few. The shelves in his studio are arrayed with a dizzying selection of these delightfully whimsical musical instruments.

For the Dundas Studio Tour’s theme, Back to Our Roots, Mr. Harper is creating a series of storage jars for root vegetables, and using shape and colour to pay homage to these humble but crucial vegetables.

Also showing at The Doctor’s office with Mr. Harper, are weaver Lucy Slykerman, wood artist Ken Pettigrew, and ceramic artist Carol Bradley of Rivertile.

The Dundas Studio Tour runs Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4 from 11 a. m. to 5 p. m. daily. Admission is free, and each studio offers a draw for a special prize.

Call 905-379-7353 or visit www.dundasstudiotour.ca .

Annual studio tour heads back to its roots

News Oct 02, 2009 Ancaster News

Potter Jonathan Harper is looking forward to this weekend’s Dundas Studio Tour. A founding member of the popular tour, Mr. Harper will be the host at the exciting new historic studio location -the Dundas Museum’s Doctor’s Office.

“The Dundas Studio Tour is extremely pleased to be partnering with the Dundas Museum for this exciting new historic studio location, saidMr. Harper.

“It’s a perfect place to showcase this year’s theme, Back to our Roots. Many still remember the building as Dr. Bates' Office, the first property in Dundas to be designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.”

Over the next several months, Mr. Harper will take part in several retail craft shows in Ontario, Quebec, New York, Michigan and Vermont. When he’s at home in Waterdown, he can be found in his studio, preparing work for the tour.

Mr. Harper enjoys making functional stoneware pots. He has been a potter for 25 years, has taught at Sheridan College and has been an artist in residence at Harbourfront in Toronto. He hand-paints each piece of greenware using stained porcelain on the raw clay, cutting through the clay with a wire loop tool to create the decorative carving. After the first firing, a translucent white glaze is applied over top of the decoration to soften the colour, and then the pot is fired again.

Mr. Harper’s carving is influenced by the rhythms of basketry and block printing and by his love of biological diversity which can be seen in the variety of his bird jugs and in the myriad arrangements of his whistles — bird whistles, frog whistles and fish whistles, to name just a few. The shelves in his studio are arrayed with a dizzying selection of these delightfully whimsical musical instruments.

For the Dundas Studio Tour’s theme, Back to Our Roots, Mr. Harper is creating a series of storage jars for root vegetables, and using shape and colour to pay homage to these humble but crucial vegetables.

Also showing at The Doctor’s office with Mr. Harper, are weaver Lucy Slykerman, wood artist Ken Pettigrew, and ceramic artist Carol Bradley of Rivertile.

The Dundas Studio Tour runs Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4 from 11 a. m. to 5 p. m. daily. Admission is free, and each studio offers a draw for a special prize.

Call 905-379-7353 or visit www.dundasstudiotour.ca .

Annual studio tour heads back to its roots

News Oct 02, 2009 Ancaster News

Potter Jonathan Harper is looking forward to this weekend’s Dundas Studio Tour. A founding member of the popular tour, Mr. Harper will be the host at the exciting new historic studio location -the Dundas Museum’s Doctor’s Office.

“The Dundas Studio Tour is extremely pleased to be partnering with the Dundas Museum for this exciting new historic studio location, saidMr. Harper.

“It’s a perfect place to showcase this year’s theme, Back to our Roots. Many still remember the building as Dr. Bates' Office, the first property in Dundas to be designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.”

Over the next several months, Mr. Harper will take part in several retail craft shows in Ontario, Quebec, New York, Michigan and Vermont. When he’s at home in Waterdown, he can be found in his studio, preparing work for the tour.

Mr. Harper enjoys making functional stoneware pots. He has been a potter for 25 years, has taught at Sheridan College and has been an artist in residence at Harbourfront in Toronto. He hand-paints each piece of greenware using stained porcelain on the raw clay, cutting through the clay with a wire loop tool to create the decorative carving. After the first firing, a translucent white glaze is applied over top of the decoration to soften the colour, and then the pot is fired again.

Mr. Harper’s carving is influenced by the rhythms of basketry and block printing and by his love of biological diversity which can be seen in the variety of his bird jugs and in the myriad arrangements of his whistles — bird whistles, frog whistles and fish whistles, to name just a few. The shelves in his studio are arrayed with a dizzying selection of these delightfully whimsical musical instruments.

For the Dundas Studio Tour’s theme, Back to Our Roots, Mr. Harper is creating a series of storage jars for root vegetables, and using shape and colour to pay homage to these humble but crucial vegetables.

Also showing at The Doctor’s office with Mr. Harper, are weaver Lucy Slykerman, wood artist Ken Pettigrew, and ceramic artist Carol Bradley of Rivertile.

The Dundas Studio Tour runs Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4 from 11 a. m. to 5 p. m. daily. Admission is free, and each studio offers a draw for a special prize.

Call 905-379-7353 or visit www.dundasstudiotour.ca .