Heidi maintains both sculpture and functional ware studio practices in Toronto , where her work engages issues of identity and belonging.
Heidi McKenzie is a Toronto-based ceramic artist. She left a 20-year career in arts management and radio to apprentice in her father’s ancestral home at the foothills of the Himalayas with India’s foremost studio potter, Mini Singh (a student of Bernard Leach). Heidi returned to Canada and completed her Diploma at Sheridan College in 2012 and subsequently her MFA at OCADU in 2014.
In 2011 Heidi received the Emerging Artist Award at Toronto Artists Project, and in 2012 exhibited at the Toronto International Art Fair. Heidi has participated in several international Residency programmes including in 2013, when Heidi was funded by the Ontario Arts Council to create in Jingdezhen, China and in Bali, Indonesia. In 2014 Heidi completed a residency at Guldagergaard International Centre for Ceramic Research and in 2017 she apprenticed with Master Mitsuo Shoji in Sydney, Australia, with the OAC International Artist Residency Award.
Heidi has exhibited nationally and internationally, including biennales and Romania and Hungary. She is the recent recipient of a 2017 Craft Ontario Award and Best in Show - Ontario Artists Association Biennial Award. Heidi maintains both sculpture and functional ware studio practices. Her work engages issues of identity and belonging. She is an active arts journalist and ceramic arts reviewer.