Dust Evans Gallery: Featured Artist   

Get your hands dirty and explore your creativity at Gloucester Pottery School this year!

Gloucester Pottery School showcasing the work of six diverse professional artists a year in the Dust Evans Gallery.  Exhibitions are visible online and in person at the Shenkman Art Center, the gallery is locating on the lower level next to the City of Ottawa's Trinity Gallery.  In the past the gallery has had exhibitions by a a diverse range of artists and moving into our 30th year we will seek to give more Dust Evans Gallery exhibition opportunities to artists in equity-seeking communities.


Flowing Porecelain - A Retrospective Rosemary Swan

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In 1975, inspired by a week-long workshop given by the visiting Viennese ceramists Kurt and Gerda Spurey, Rosemary began experimenting with a high fired translucent porcelain slip made in her studio. She introduced different coloured oxides and swirled these into bowl forms. Thin wafer like shapes were added to create a feeling of landscapes. Others, were left untouched. Rosemary then started pouring thin translucent slabs to create cylinders, tasking herself to pour larger and larger slabs which increased the difficulty and lessened control. Timing was of the essence. The test was to manipulate the slabs without having them crack or slump. Some slabs were poured with open areas that were filled with a thicker slip to produce a lattice work. There were many failures, but when it came together it was joyous. Doodling with the slip was a relief to the challenges of this work. From this play came the beginning of her decorative hanging pieces that continued to evolve for many years. Rosemary has received many awards for her work in the community as well as for her ceramic work.

In 1990 Rosemary received an Honours degree in Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa. A year later the Gloucester Pottery School was founded by her which she directed for almost thirty years. The school has a designated space in the Shenkman Arts Centre.

Works from current exhibition are not available for sale

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Upcoming Exhibitions


Tuile-Fionnuala          December 3, 2021 – February 2, 2022

Marianne Chenard    February 4, 2022 - April 6, 2022

Ayesh Kanani            April 8, 2022 - June 8, 2022

Marissa Alexander   June 10, 2022 - August 10, 2022

Colette Beardall        August 12, 2022 – October 5,2022

Narrative Dish           October 7, 2022 - December 7, 2022

Future Exhibitions:

The Gloucester Pottery School intends to showcase the immense variety in the way the material can be explored.  It is very important to the school and the community that the Dust Evans Gallery represent the greater diversity in ceramics seeking to give more Dust Evans Gallery exhibition opportunities to artists in equity-seeking communities.

Exhibitions are selected by the director, Kaitlyn Brennan. Please contact her directly at: