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Cultivate: Mentorship and the Path to Creativity and Refinement
In this free online event hosted by ceramist and founder of the FUSION Creative Directions program, Barbara Banfield, exhibiting artists Danielle Skentzos, Jason Schiedel, and Eekta Trienekens will discuss how their mentorship with Angelo di Petta guided their creativity and the refinement of their works. There will also be a brief virtual studio tour.

Jul 14, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Danielle Skentzos
Danielle Skentzos lives in the fields of Oro-Medonte, Ontario. It wasn’t until after her postgraduate studies in Education that she first experienced the feeling of clay smoothly turning through her hands on a pottery wheel. It was a curiosity that unearthed a feeling of home; of early years spent watching animals and acres grow and a youth of tending local gardens with friends. Danielle learned ceramic techniques from a variety of generous artists and time spent at the Haliburton School of Art. She founded Shiralee Pottery to share her work, inspired by the beauty found near home.
Jason Schiedel
Jason Schiedel is originally from Waterloo, and currently lives on the shores of Lake Huron in the rural town of Port Elgin. He studied Fine Art, earning an undergraduate degree in Sculpture/Installation from the Ontario College of Art and Design, and an MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Jason worked in a wide variety of media before centring his practice in clay, where he discovered a material rich for exploring the subjects of intimacy, relationships, and connection. His approach to ceramics is largely self-taught, enhanced by workshops in mould making and design with Angelo di Petta and Peter Pincus.
Eekta Trienekens
Eekta Trienekens grew up in the Netherlands and lived in the medieval cities of Amersfoort and Leiden before moving to Canada a little over a decade ago. Her mother is from Panjab, India, and Eekta spent many seasons there for extended visits with her grandparents. The extreme contrast between these two worlds is a strong influence on her work, oscillating between a sense of belonging and otherness. She has a degree in Arts Education (Utrecht) and South Asian Studies (Leiden). Though she works with a variety of materials, ceramics has been her main artistic practice since 2015.