Craft and Design Program and Alumni Showcase Talents at Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Sheridan’s Craft and Design program celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year! Throughout 2017, the faculty is organizing a series of events which will highlight both the program’s proud history and the exciting future of the recently launched 4 year Honours Bachelor degree. For the first time, this year the program will be participating in the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto from Friday, July 14 to Sunday, July 16. The Sheridan Craft and Design display will be located at Booth Number SM – 10/11 and will feature student work from the program’s five studios (Ceramics, Industrial Design, Glass, Furniture, Textiles). Exhibiting artists include Lindsey Adelman, Candice Boese, Cassandra Griffin, Priscilla Lo, Gosha Martyniak-Bielicka, Emma Mcdonald, Matthew Paul and Amee Raval.

In addition to the program participating in TOAE’s Student Zone, numerous Sheridan alumni will be displaying their work and creations at the event. We caught up with three grads from our Craft and Design program to see what they have been up to since graduating, and what they have planned for the fair.


 

Hannun Lyn
Craft and Design: Ceramics Studio, Class of 2004

Bio
Balancing both delicateness and functionality in her work, Hannun Lyn is a ceramics artist working exclusively in white English porcelain.  She is interested in exploring the duality of the material in her creations – its unforgiving nature, as well as its fragility, strength and translucency.

Hannun’s works are exhibited at The Gardiner Museum Shop, The Aga Khan Museum Shop and The Canadian Contemporary Craft Shop at Harbourfront Centre and Distill Gallery in Toronto, Mad & Noisy Gallery in Creemore, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo, the Burlington Art Centre in Burlington, Shane Norrie Gallery in Stratford, Ontario and the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Hannun currently creates her work at her studio space in Parkdale, Toronto.

How did you come to develop your iconic style?
I was always drawn to porcelain more than any other clay and had strong influences from historical Chinese ceramics (particularly the Song dynasty) as well as the minimal modern Danish  design, artists such as Noguchi, Staffel, Rie. I try to meld those influences – all the while trying to maintain my spiritual practice through my work.  A strong tree needs deep roots and I got mine from my teachers and mentors over the years, most notably Bruce Cochrane and Harlan House.

Can you share one memory of your time at Sheridan?  
Year 1:  Mixing clay.   I remember thinking, “This is not what I signed up for, I paid tuition for this?”  But it was like a clay bootcamp of sorts. Looking back, I was humbled by the experience.  The deep history of the craft, how clay was made, how this dust turned into vessels and sculptures, objects of beauty and ritual – it all made sense.  You have to know where you come from to move forward and thrive. 

What will you be showing at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition? Where can visitors find you?
I am a Gemini. Twins. That said, there has always been two sides of Hannun – the quiet contemplative and the happy and care free side. I will have some of my teapots, cherry blossom series tea bowls and vases.  I will also have some of my newer work, blue and white for those who haven’t seen it.   I will be located on the north side of the square at Booth P37.

Where can viewers learn more about your work/ follow you?
Website:  www.hannunlyn.com  
Instagram:  @hannunlyn
Twitter: @hannun


 

Shay Salehi
Craft and Design: Glass Studio, Class of 2014

Bio
Shay Salehi is a Toronto based artist working with glass. She attended Sheridan College to explore her desire to face new challenges by choosing to work with a medium she had no experience with, glass. After a couple years of exploring the different qualities and processes of the material she began to find comfort in particular methods, such as kiln casting and the pate de verre technique. Shay has been interested in the fragility of glass and its ability to mimic other materials. Her current body of work studies these qualities using line, shape, colour and texture formed by the pate de verre technique. She fuses glass beads into pure and simple forms, which play with negative space and texture. The lips on the pieces are rough, uncontrolled and extremely fragile. These bowls do not display the well known properties of glass such as its transparency or optics; therefore at first glance one might not even consider her work to be made from glass.

Shay graduated from Sheridan College’s Craft and Design Program and is currently working in her new studio space in Toronto’s Historic Distillery District. Shay will be going to OCADU for Sculpture/Installation in September 2017. She has exhibited work across Canada, the United States, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Japan and Germany. In 2015, Shay won the Best in Class Award at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.

How did you come to develop your iconic style?
I have always been interested in working with 3D materials. My current body of work is made using a very different process that brings out different qualities in the material. This style developed through experimentation while I was studying at Sheridan. The faculty at Sheridan was informative and helpful with teaching and guiding the process I was exploring. When you are exploring your path as an artist its important to work in a style that you are comfortable with and comes naturally, rather then creating what you think the public wants. It is more important to create what you want to create.

Can you share one memory of your time at Sheridan?
My experience at Sheridan is full of good memories. The people I had the chance to meet and work with while at Sheridan had a huge influence in who I am today and they continue to be in my life to this day. I guess my most memorable moment happened on the very first day of school. I walked in a couple minutes late to my very first class and at the time I didn’t realize that those people would forever change who I was. The beginning of that class we spent time introducing ourselves and talking about why we came to study at glass at Sheridan. I think back on who I was the very first day I stepped foot in that classroom and to who I am today and I am astonished with how much has changed. This is my most memorable moment for me because it reminds me of how positive my experience at Sheridan was and it continues to remind me that we are always growing and changing if we choose to allow it.

What will you be showing at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition? Where can visitors find you?
I will be showing my pate de verre bowls and cylinders at this years TOAE show. I also plan on bringing some distorted cylinders that were results of mold failures that had some interesting effects. The distorted cylinders are a collection of forms that did not turn out the way I planned but have also taught me a lot about kiln practice, mold making and my patience. I will be at TOAE booth SA-44.

Where can viewers learn more about your work/ follow you?
Website: www.shaysalehi.ca
Instagram: @shaysalehi


Junnie Kim
Craft and Design: Ceramics Studio, Class of 2015

Bio
Originally from Seoul, Korea, Joon Hee Kim is a Canadian artist. She studied design and patisserie before studying Ceramics at Sheridan College. Her practice extended to metal during MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts in London U.K., where she received Cecil Lewis Sculpture Scholarship. Brimming with personal anecdotes and engaging narratives, her work was exhibited in Canada, U.S.A, and U.K. Recently she was at Open Studio Residence 2017 in Haystack, and she is one of six-selected artists for the Canadian Craft Biennial this summer. Early next year, she is going to Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park Residence in Japan.

How did you come to develop your iconic style?
Rather than artists or practitioners, I was more influenced by places such as Highgate cemetery, buildings on the streets, and monumental statues. I was most influenced at the Highgate, by the various monuments of the buried celebrities and public figures. Plus, I was inspired by numerous motifs of classical styles and pushed decoration to stretch beyond the traditional function and imagination of the viewer, and its shapes illustrate my hidden memories. My work narrates life and death. It is to inspire the audience to rethink about life and death, and gauge life to make their personal monuments more meaningful.

God created men with clay and I believe clay is the beginning of creation and there are various outputs depending on what I make. Plus, ceramic is one of the most fragile and difficult media to handle. However, through numerous fires it hardens further, and it is very appealing how the output can be varied, depending on the type of clay and fire used. Especially with slipcasting the clay can be used in its liquid state, making it ideal for the artist to create a piece according to one’s intention. It is a fascinating media that can create harmony between tradition and contemporary, and I use multilayered casting to reassemble and renew familiar form, transforming object into new visual language and a relevant tool to measure human existence and absence. I wish that it were an opportunity to look back at one’s prime, and remind them that every moment in life can be a highlight with glorious moments to be achieved.

Can you share one memory of your time at Sheridan?
The most memorable thing about Sheridan for me was the welcome party in the first year. Even the retired professors and alumnus who were active in the fields were gathered together to watch work slide show and chat with later generations, and it felt like I was part of a Sheridan tradition. It was a moment when I was very proud to be a member of the community.

What will you be showing at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition? Where can visitors find you?
For this year’s Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, I will showcase the pieces I had worked on during my Masters in UK. It will be an opportunity to view them together within a single space, and it will be the first time they are shown to the public, so personally I am looking forward to it. My booth is at P014, and I hope to meet other great artists.

Where can viewers learn more about your work/ follow you?
Website:  www.junniekim.com  
Instagram:  @junniekim17


To learn more about Sheridan’s Craft and Design program, visit our website.

Images courtesy of the artists. 

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