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Online Artist Talk: Mississauga Potters’ Guild Mentorship Group presents Confluence

Wed August 17, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

FREE with Registration

Join us for a free online artist talk featuring members of the Mississauga Potters’ Guild Mentorship Group. Moderated by Toronto-based ceramic artist and educator Natalie Waddell, the talk will include presentations by artists Vanesa Trillia, Gracia Isabel Gomez, and Maria Teresa Hernandez. The work of the the Mississauga Potters’ Guild Mentorship Group is currently featured in the Gardiner Shop.


Natalie Waddell is a recipient of Craft Ontario’s Tuckers Supply Grant and the Mississagua Potters’ Guild Fusion Design Award. She has exhibited widely, including in the travelling exhibition Fireworks, organized by FUSION: The Ontario Clay & Glass Association, as well as at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, and the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, among others. She graduated from the Craft and Design (Ceramics) Program at Sheridan College and has pursued her artistic studio practice since 2003.

Vanesa Trillia graduated from the Ceramics Program at Sheridan College in 2012, where she was selected valedictorian by her peers and faculty. After many years working in the financial industry, she can finally say she is a full-time artist. Born in Argentina, Vanesa currently lives and works in Thornbury, Ontario.

Gracia Isabel Gomez is originally from Mexico City and currently works in Toronto. She graduated with honours from Sheridan College’s Crafts and Design (Ceramics) Program. Her works explore themes of colonialism and migration through functional and sculptural pieces. Exhibition highlights include: Sin Fronteras Monarch Butterfly Project at the Gardiner Museum (2019); The Body has Reasons which Reason Knows Not Of at Craft Ontario (2019); and Muscle Memory at the Embassy of Canada in Hungary (2018). She won the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair Best of Sculpture award in 2016, and in 2020, started the CLAY Voices Symposium on Instagram, a yearly community-building gathering of ceramics artists across Canada. She is currently developing a new body of work as part of the Medalta Artists in Residence Program.

Maria Teresa Hernandez is an artist and Registered Canadian Art Therapist facilitating groups for women who have experienced violence or who suffer from mental health challenges. She has also created expressive arts programs for health and well-being with an emphasis on mindfulness and movement at The Mindfulness Centre in Oakville. Maria Teresa earned a Master’s degree in Fine Arts at the National University of Mexico UNAM. She has participated nationally and internationally in more than 20 solo art shows, including at three museums in Mexico: La Tallera National Institute of Fine Arts, Casa Trotsky, and Casa del Poeta; as well as numerous group shows. Since 2011 she has been a member of the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts in the Queen Street West Gallery District.