Gerri Orwin may have officially stopped working in 2000 (she was a producer in the music and film & special effects industries in Toronto and New York for over 30 years), but that doesn’t mean her life has slowed down.
“My retirement took a turn when a Cabbagetown Barnyard Arts Flyer arrived in my mail box. That introduction to the world of clay has taken me down many avenues. I have gleaned a great deal of inspiration and know-how from my mentors and from specific courses at the Haliburton School of Art, the Cedar Ridge Creative Center, and various workshops featuring artists whose work I especially admire.”
“My pieces are one of a kind. They are hand built using coils or slab or both. Although the process takes longer, I prefer this most ancient of methods. The Japanese Raku method of firing is my favourite. For me, that’s where I find the magic.”
“My goal is to create pieces having dual purposes … visually pleasing, sometimes provoking a chuckle, always with a bit of soul, and adaptable for functional use.”
Gerri stays connected to the clay community by acting as Central Ontario Representative for FUSION, The Ontario Clay and Glass Association, as Membership Chair of the Toronto Potters Association, as Committee Member of the Cabbagetown Arts and Crafts Outdoor Show and Volunteer at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics.
Her latest accomplishment is having her work published in the juried 500 RAKU Art Book as one of the artists selected from over 2000 applicants from around the globe. The book is in distribution worldwide by Lark Publishing, New York.
Gerri’s work can be found at the Gardiner Museum Gift shop (every Spring/Summer) and at The Dish Gallery, at The Distillery (Fall) and at KENDALL & Co. in Cabbagetown … the place she has called ‘home’ for the past 30+ years.