New class dates! January & February

We’re excited to share our new class dates with you! Learning to make ceramics would be a great gift to yourself or a friend, or a New Year’s resolution – and supports the Inspirations Studio members. The dates are:

Tuesday 6 - 9 PM / January 15 - February 12
Wednesday 6 - 9 PM / January 16 - February 13 (beginners only please)
Sunday 12 - 3 PM / January 13 - February 10

To register please call us on 416 367 2728 between 10am and 4pm from Tuesday to Friday, and we can process payment over the phone.

For more information visit our classes page.

Inspirations Studio Will Move to St Stephen's Community House

Sistering and Friends of Inspirations Studio are pleased to announce that Inspirations Studio has moved to St. Stephen’s Community House (SSCH). SSCH will mentor and trustee the studio as it continues working towards the goal of finding a new partner agency. This move will ensure that the studio remains open and continues supporting vulnerable women in the community.

Supported by Sistering since 2001, Inspirations Studio is a ceramics-based program for women who have been impacted by poverty, trauma, homelessness, mental and physical health and/or addiction issues. The studio’s core mission is to facilitate improvements in members’ lives through the making and selling of pottery. Through learning skills and creative practice, women gain a sense of self-confidence and stability, a connection with community, supplemental income, and a new way to engage with the world, as makers. The studio and storefront will continue to be located at 2480 Dundas Street West in Toronto’s Junction area.

This transition will also allow Sistering to focus on its core mandate of providing 24-hour drop-in services, including shelter, hot meals and crisis intervention year-round to thousands of women each year. Sistering serves more than 155,000 meals at both the 24/7 Bloor drop-in and Parkdale Outreach. They’ve made more than 650 housing referrals on behalf of drop-in participants and roughly 6,000 referrals to navigate health, social services and legal and immigration systems.

St. Stephen’s Community House is a multi-service charity and United Way Greater Toronto agency in Toronto providing services to 25,000 people a year, including homeless prevention services as well. As part of its mission, St. Stephen’s has also been trusteeing and mentoring many unincorporated grass-roots initiatives to increase leadership and impact in the community, outside of its own services.

Contacts

Sistering: Patricia O’Connell: 416-926 9762 x 226 / poconnell@sistering.org

St. Stephen's’ Community House: Linda Ho: 416-925-2103 x 2241 / hlinda@sschto.ca

Inspirations Studio: Gudrun Olafsdottir: 416-526-5324 / friendsofinspirations@gmail.com

OCAD U Collaboration

One from the archive (originally posted October 5 2016).

Inspirations Studio is delighted to be working with Industrial Design students from OCAD U in the creation of a series of designs for a mobile cart/display unit for the transportation of our pottery.

The members of Inspirations Studio sell their ceramics at different locations, festivals and community events in Toronto, in addition to in front of Sistering at Bloor and Dovercourt. Members use the TTC for their means of transportation and moving breakable, heavy pottery poses many challenges. To resolve this issue, the staff of Inspirations Studio approached the faculty of OCAD U Industrial Design program to create a solution for our problem.

Presently, three classes have toured the studio to gather information on the requirements for some type of  hand propelled pottery mover. Working in small groups, the students have been interviewing the members to determine the requirements for this unit with respect to specific needs of various members. By the end of the term, the students will create several designs which will made into prototypes. All of the prototypes will be presented to the members and two designs will be selected by the members to be fabricated for their use. The members are very excited about this project and are engaged in the collaboration. The studio is looking forward to seeing working drawings later this month.

Inspirations Studio really appreciates the dedication, support and interest of all the OCADU Industrial Design Students and Faculty. Stay tuned for details!

UPDATE

The Cart Project is a collaboration with the Ocadu Industrial Design program and the members of Inspirations Studio. The students researched and designed several carts for the display and transportation of our pottery. Some of the designs, macquettes and life size models will be showcased in the lobby of the Gardiner Museum on April 8th & 9th. This will coincide with the opening of the Gardiner's newly renovated Community Space.