The History of Woodlawn Pottery Studio
The Woodlawn Pottery Studio is a womens’ co-operative which began as an adult education program of the Metro Toronto YWCA located on Woodlawn Ave East. When the program was discontinued in 1983, eager participants took over the operation of the studio as an independent non-profit organization, renting space in the Y building which is accessible 24/7.
Today there are 18 members throwing on seven wheels and firing their work in two large kilns. While a few members are full time artisans with their share of professional recognition and awards, most are serious part- timers.
The Y is located in a pleasant mid-town neighbourhood, close to varied facilities and public transport. Members share responsibility for the maintenance of the studio’s cleanliness and safety, the mixing of glazes, and for the day-to-day operation of the studio through an executive committee and regular general meetings.
Activities include a yearly winter show and sale where functional and decorative works are available, in porcelain and stoneware, and in a wide variety of styles and colours. Seasonal evening and daytime classes are offered on one day of the week. Open to both men and women, they are a popular feature of the studio.