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A collection of different size pottery vessels in terracotta and green tones

Mel Wright: Love of Strangers

Wed Mar 22 to Apr 23, 2023, All Day

Lobby Display

This lobby show features new work by Mel Wright, recipient of the 2022 Gardiner Museum Prize, awarded to a graduate of the Sheridan College Ceramics Program. Through improvisation, intuition, and play, Wright use form, scale, colour, and texture to express simple ideas. The forms in this exhibition refer to the body, each representing a human life. Using a combination of hand-building methods, Wright connects directly with the clay while making, her hands acting as the gateway to her creative impulses.


Mel Wright is an artist based in Toronto, Ontario. A deep respect for tactile experiences was instilled in Mel at a young age while spending lots of time outdoors with her family. After working an office job in her early twenties, she longed to connect with materials and objects once again and discovered the Craft & Design program at Sheridan College. She began in furniture-making, but quickly fell in love with the malleability of clay, initiating a lifelong journey with ceramic and other materials. She is currently an artist in residence at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.

Lead Supporter

RBC Emerging Artists Project