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Cultivate: The Role of Mentorship and Its Lasting Impact
In this free online event hosted by ceramist and founder of the FUSION Creative Directions program, Barbara Banfield, exhibiting artists Claire Nicole Waddick and Aneela Dias-D’Sousa will discuss their recent mentorship with artist Angelo di Petta. Past participant Hana Balaban-Pommier will reflect on the program’s lasting impact.

Jun 23, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Claire Nicole Waddick
Claire Nicole Waddick grew up in Southwestern Ontario and spent time on her grandparents' farm in Kent County. She graduated with a BA in Aesthetics and Cultural Studies from Carleton University that included studies in Industrial Design, as well as studying Painting and Drawing at the Ontario College of Art and Design. In 2010, ceramics became her main artistic practice. Like her paintings, her ceramics are inspired by rural landscapes. She has completed artist residencies at Medalta in Medicine Hat, Alberta and the London Clay Art Centre in London, Ontario.
Aneela Dias-D’Sousa
Aneela Dias-D’Sousa established herself as a ceramic artist after graduating from the University of Mumbai with a B.F.A. Ceramics. After immigrating to Canada, she continued her education at Sheridan College as a mature student. Aneela currently lives and works in Pickering, Ontario, and has pursued residencies at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto and the International Ceramics Centre in Kecskemet, Hungary. Her minimalist work reflects her personal experiences—passing thoughts, transient phases, and fleeting emotions.
Hana Balaban-Pommier
Hana Balaban-Pommier is a Toronto-based ceramic artist. Originally from Bohemia, she took her first pottery class shortly after immigrating to Canada and found in clay a perfect medium for expressing her ideas and interests. She works with porcelain slip and draws on the characteristics of the material to explore the themes of strength and fragility, similarity and contrast, diversity and unity. Her formal education includes the Sheridan College Art and Design Program (Ceramics), the Fine Arts Program (Drawing) at George Brown College, and the Art History Program at the Harvard Extension School.