Biennial 2016


Form and Surface

- two score and five-



Our 2016 Biennial Exhibition, Form & Surface will take place April 8 to April 30th at the Carnegie Gallery. Our jurors are Chandler Swain and Jon Partridge.


Take In is Sunday, April 3rd, noon to 4:00 pm. This is the only time to drop off work. Please bring completed entry form and fee.

Jurors’ Comments Monday, April 4, 7:00 pm.  Entries not accepted are to be taken home that evening.

Opening Reception and Award Presentation is Friday, April 8, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm.

Closes Saturday April 30th. Pick up unsold work Tuesday May 3, noon to 5 pm.


Guild Awards

Anne Sneath Best in Show $1000

Award of Merit $600

Honourable Mention $500

Memorial Award $400

Additional Awards

Supply Award (PSH) $300 Gift certificate

Supply Award (Tucker’s) $300 Gift certificate

OCC Design Award One year professional membership and OCC website image placement

Fusion Design Award One year membership plus free admission to Conference in next three years

Carnegie Gallery Award Opportunity to host an exhibition at the Carnegie gallery within the next two years




Jon Partridge                                                                


“I don’t know why I like clay. However, I do like its soft, tactile quality.

The only thing that holds one back in terms of what can be done is a person’s own inexperience.”

                                                                             —Jon Partridge, Potter


Jon Partridge, from Bracebridge/Muskoka, Ontario, is a full-time professional potter and a former Mohawk College Pottery instructor. He trained at Georgian College and has been potting since 1976. His clay work signature is all about the form, function and spirit. This is evident is his one-of-kind sculptural vessels, his decorative stoneware, tableware and clay paintings. Jon and his wife transformed their 100 acre heritage farmstead into a thriving pottery studio with a huge vegetable and lush flower gardens which has become a destination spot and the location of the 18th Artful Garden Show. Jon is also affiliated with Muskoka Arts & Crafts and the Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour.



Chandler Swain                                                                 


“Sometimes the clay demands to be sculpted, other times stretched and painted, stamped and carved…

I go with that elusive inner force… keeps things fresh and interesting.”

                                                                             —Chandler Swain, Potter


Chandler Swain, from Blakeney/Almonte, Ontario, is a full-time studio potter, pottery technician and teacher with over 30 years experience. She studied at Ontario College of Art, The Hornsey College of Art and Sheridan College. Her clay work signature is all about taking risks and satisfying the maker’s soul. This is evident in her vessels with sgraffito, her figurative work, and her clay collages and 3-D contructions. Chandler participates in several invitational and juried exhibitions such as 260 Fingers, 1001 Pots, The New Art Festival, the Crown & Pumpkin Tour, Art in the Garden. She is also the co-owner of the General Fine Craft, Art & Design Gallery, 63 Mill St, Almonte, ON. Chandler Swain’s work has been published in several books such as 500 Teapots, 500 Vases, Handbuilt Tableware by Lark Press and Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface by Robin Hopper.