Category Archives: Ceramics

H.A.M.S. – The Holiday Arts Mail-order School

A Brief Timeline for H.A.M.S.

March 2008

FLY Gallery
Month long exhibit promoting the founding of H.A.M.S., the Holiday Arts Mail-order School.
A Correspondence Art Project by noted Hallowe’enologist Professor Derek McCormack, Ian Phillips, an artist, and Miss Candy Cackle of the Ladies Institute.

The launch of H.A.M.S. successfully enrolls painters, sculptors, authors and librarians into it’s Hallowe’en Arts program for the 1936-37 year.

Fly Window

H.A.M.S. recruitment window inviting passersby to sign-up for a correspondence course on the topic of Hallowe’en

 

H.A.M.S. promotion

H.A.M.S. promotion

 

YORK logo

October 2011

AGYU, The Art Gallery at York University presents:
the Holiday Art Mail-order School
at the Toronto International Arts Fair

Three years into our project, we invited the public into our open house at The Toronto International Arts Fair. Patrons experienced a replica of our haunted Peterborough classroom and were treated to a display of completed student projects and related ephemera.

Haunted Peterborough, Ont., map

Haunted Peterborough, Ont., map

 

H.A.M.S. Ouija Board

H.A.M.S. ouija board and planchette

 

Student projects at H.A.M.S.

Student projects in the H.A.M.S. haunted school house

 

Ectoplasmom at H.A.M.S.

Ectoplasmom in the entrance to the H.A.M.S. Haunted School House

 

H.A.M.S. souvenirs

H.A.M.S. souvenirs and multiples

 

H.A.M.S. student conduct

H.A.M.S. classroom

 

H.A.M.S. souvenirs and multiples

H.A.M.S. souvenirs and multiples

 

H.A.M.S. student awards and bone china Jack-o-Lantern clock by student Alexx Boisjoli

H.A.M.S. Haunter of The Year award and glow-in-the-dark bone china Jack-o-Lantern clock by student Alexx Boisjoli

 

Haunted Peterborough, Ont., map

Haunted Peterborough, Ont., map

2016

The H.A.M.S. correspondence course for the year 1937 is complete. We are very excited to announce the Fall 2016 launch of our H.A.M.S. yearbook,
The Jack o’ Lantern!

H.A.M.S. correspondence lesson books

H.A.M.S. correspondence lesson books

A number of events are planned just in time for Hallowe’en 2016, including a H.A.M.S. yearbook launch party and graduation ceremony. We are also working on plans to attend art book fairs in the Toronto and Peterborough region, where the public can obtain yearbooks and H.A.M.S. multiples. Here is a sneak peek at our soon to be released yearbook:

Faculty of the Holiday Arts Mail-order School, of Peterborough, Ont.

Faculty of the Holiday Arts Mail-order School, of Peterborough, Ont.

 

A sneak peek at our student gallery

A sneak peek at our student gallery

 

H.A.M.S. achievement awards

H.A.M.S. achievement awards

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Thank-you to everyone who helped us with H.A.M.S. Special thanks to Darryl Bank, Alexx Boisjoli, Emelie Chhangur, Joey Comeau, Grant Heaps, Jacob Korczynski, Michael Maranda, Jason McBride, Mr. and Mrs. McCormack of Peterborough, Ontario, Melissa McCormack, Philip Monk, Christopher Paulin, AGYU The Art Gallery at York University, and Fly Gallery. A very special thank-you to the graduates for all their enthusiasm and hard work — to you the upcoming edition of The Jack o’ Lantern is dedicated!
— Dr. Derek McCormack, Prof. Ian Phillips, Miss Candy Cackle


Porcelain Tiles on Etsy

Silver lustre decal on porcelain

Silver lustre decal on porcelain

I have finally starting to list my tiles on Etsy, starting with this one.

I've added a cork backing to prevent scratching on surfaces

I’ve added a cork backing to prevent scratching on surfaces

I’ll be listing them one by one, so check out my store often!


Half Pint

Half Pint Cheese Platter from rcboisjoli

Half Pint Cheese Platter from rcboisjoli

One of my milk bottle drawings adorns these new rustic cheese platters from rcboisjoli.

Hand pressed overglazed speckled stoneware.

Hand pressed overglazed speckled stoneware

Lined with cork to protect your table tops and pierced with a large hanging hole so you can decorate your walls when not serving up some tasty goods.

These hand made trays are totally food safe and knife resistant too

These hand-made trays are totally food safe and knife resistant too

Perfect for all your local cheeses, homemade pickles and savoury charcuturie delights! Get yours!


Saturday Sale!

Saturday April 26th!

 

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11am-6pm
Trinity St. Paul’s United Church
427 Bloor Street West
(one block West of Spadina)
Toronto, ON
$1
(Kids 12 & Under FREE)

Featuring handmade goods, vintage,
supplies, rummage, and more!

I’ll be sharing a table with rcboisjoli!

More details here!

Looking East – last chance

100 porcelain tiles at Convenience

100 porcelain tiles at Convenience

Two weeks left to see my show at Convenience Gallery.

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Show closes March 2nd.

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Looking East runs January 3rd to March 2nd, 2014

You can read my artist statement here.

convenience
24/7 window gallery
58 Lansdowne Avenue, Toronto M6K 2V9
(at Seaforth Avenue, one block North of Queen)

convenience is a window gallery that provides an opening for art
that engages, experiments, and takes risks with the architectural, urban, and civic realm


Looking East at Convenience Gallery

ianphillipsillustration-silvertileTake a walk on Lansdowne Avenue, just a couple of blocks north of Queen Street, in Parkdale and take a gander at my new porcelain tiles!

Many thanks to Alexx at rcboisjoli studios for helping me with this project. Here’s a look at the process involved:

A plaster mold is made using a form made from wood

A plaster mold is made using a wood form

Porcelain slip is poured into the mold. Once it's dried it’s placed in the kiln for a bisque firing

Porcelain slip is poured into the mold. Once it’s dry it’s placed in the kiln for a bisque firing

After the first of three firings, it’s rough edges are sanded off. A clear glaze is applied before going back into the kiln for the glaze firing

After the first of three firings, it’s rough edges are sanded down. A clear glaze is applied before going back into the kiln for the glaze firing

Decals are made to fit the glazed tile, applied, and back into the kiln for a final low-fire

Decals are made to fit the glazed tile. Once printed and applied, the tile returns into the kiln for a third and final low-temperature firing

Four tiles, fresh from the kiln

Four tiles, fresh from the kiln

Close up

A closer look

Looking East runs January 3rd to March 2nd, 2014

You can read my artist statement here.

convenience
24/7 window gallery
58 Lansdowne Avenue, Toronto M6K 2V9
(at Seaforth Avenue, one block North of Queen)

convenience is a window gallery that provides an opening for art
that engages, experiments, and takes risks with the architectural, urban, and civic realm


Happy 2014!!!

Another sneak peek at what’s coming to Convenience Gallery this Friday!

ianphillipsillustration-preview

Details to follow!


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