DISH GALLERY + STUDIO celebrates Canadian ceramic artists. Located in the Historic Distillery District of Toronto, Canada, the gallery is a destination for both art collectors and tourists. Our friendly staff can help you choose that perfect gift or build your collection of Canadian ceramics.
DISH GALLERY + STUDIO is also the working studio of ceramic designer Susan Card, who specializes in wheel-thrown porcelain and smoke-fired pottery using motifs from nature as decoration. Susan offers hands-on ceramics activities in the studio, and is an experienced teacher of both hand building and wheel-thrown techniques.
Susan Card (BHEc, BFA) has participated in over 100 exhibitions and published over 30 articles in ceramics journals since 1989. Colourful porcelain and sculptural smoke-fired work produced in her Toronto studio is commissioned by private and corporate clients, and has been represented in galleries in Toronto, London, Waterloo, Montreal, and Winnipeg. Susan was commissioned to produce adaptations of Edo-period Japanese tea bowls for the Reproductions Shop of the Royal Ontario Museum. Her work has also been featured in film and television productions.
Susan taught Professional Practise to Crafts and Design students at Sheridan College in Oakville for several years, and Advanced Pottery for adults at Cedar Ridge Creative Centre in Toronto. She currently teachers pottery for adults at DISH Gallery + Studio. Susan is an active volunteer in the artistic community, and is currently a Board member of the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and the Collections Committee of the Art Gallery of Burlington. She is also an advisor for Inspirations Studio - a Division of Sistering, a Past President of Toronto Potters, and a former Board Chair of FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association. She currently organizes monthly speakers’ programmes for two pottery guilds.
“I enjoy ceramics as a vehicle for timeless communication between people and cultures. It provides a context for reflecting on human activity. Forms serve as canvases to explore my artistic concerns of colour, visual space, illusion and perception. Colour is the constant element in my work and reflects what delights my eye. Forms stand on the fence between sculpture and function. That precarious location feels an appropriate response to the risky nature of living and the struggle to maintain balance. Looking like siblings, pieces in a series either assert themselves in a familiar way for everyday use, or as bizarre amusing creatures that question, entertain, and challenge. Surfaces created celebrate the natural environment through abstract floral decoration and texture. The choice of floral decoration in my work relates to the tradition of floral symbolism that has cut across folklore, religion, and ceramic form. Floral decoration has signified everything from feminine beauty to fertility. Through symbolic significance, colourful floral decoration becomes a vehicle to our inner thoughts and feelings.”