Thursday, January 31, 2013

Jeff Goodman Designs @ Ontario Crafts Council

Jeff Goodman Designs @ Ontario Crafts Council
990 Queen St. West

January 10th - February 24th, 2013

Craftsperson, designer, maker, mentor, friend, husband, father, brother, son - Jeff Goodman (1961-2012) was all of these. This exhibition focuses on one aspect of Jeff, his interest in incorporating handcrafted items into contemporary design. Some of these works were commissioned by architects and designers for specific locations; others became signature pieces of the Jeff Goodman Studio.

Following his studies at Sheridan College and the University of Illinois, Jeff returned to Sheridan to serve on the faculty from 1987-89.
He was an Artist-in-Residence at Harbourfront Centre's Craft Studios from 1986-89, and after his residency acted as an advisor from 1991-94 and from 2004-08. In addition, he served on the boards of the Glass Art Association of Canada, and the Ontario Crafts Council. Jeff was also generous, mentoring and/or employing many glass artists early in their careers.
In 1983, Jeff established the Jeff Goodman Studio. Over the years, it moved and expanded from a small location on Dupont street to one on Hanna Avenue. The studio is currently located on Cranfield Road in the north-eastern part of Toronto, and continues to produce works in glass.

In much the same way as Jeff worked, this exhibition was conceived and produced as a team effort. Jeff never failed to pay tribute to the highly skilled and dedicated people who brought their considerable attributes to his work and studio practice. In this spirit, we would like to acknowledge the following individuals who made this exhibitions possible.

Sunil Bhandari, Bhandari & Plater inc.
Melanie Egan, Harbourfront Centre
Alan C. Elder, Canadian Museum of Civilization
Janna Hiemstra, Ontario Crafts Council
Sylvia Lee, Jeff Goodman Studio

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