AX Ceramics Conference: Creative Connections 2022

Generously supported by Tucker’s Pottery Supplies

In 2021, AX conducted a survey of potters, ceramists, and other industry professionals in the Atlantic Canada region. The results were clear: a need for a tighter, stronger ceramics community. In response, AX is offering the only ceramics conference in Atlantic Canada, and the first in decades.

Join us from October 21-23, 2022 for our inaugural AX Ceramics Conference: Creative Connections 2022, generously supported Tucker’s Pottery Supplies, featuring New Brunswick ceramics artists Peter Powning, Darren Emenau, Maja Padrov, and Danika Vautour.

Your conference registration pass includes a welcome kit and all activities associated with the October 21-23 event, including a panel discussion, presentations, workshops, a Powning Designs studio tour, networking opportunities, and a live music concert. We will also provide a light breakfast and a lunch on both Saturday and Sunday. 

The weekend is all about fostering community, with opportunities for networking, professional development, and making connections with other artists in the field of ceramics. We look forward to hosting you for the inaugural AX Ceramics Conference: Creative Connections 2022, generously supported by Tucker’s Pottery Supplies, October 21-23, 2022. 

Contact us if you have any questions, or call (506) 433-8351.

Registration for AX Ceramics Conference: Creative Connections 2022, generously supported Tucker’s Pottery Supplies, is now full.


While the conference is full, we are keeping a waiting list and we’re also taking registrations to attend Peter Powning’s talk, Environmental Considerations and Ceramics, on Sunday, October 23 at 10:00 a.m., online. The cost for the online presentation is $10, with proceeds going to our charitable organization, AX, the Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex.

Join the AX Ceramics Conference waitlist

Register for Environmental Considerations and Ceramics, feat. Peter Powning


Schedule of Events

October 21-23, 2022


11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Registration 

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  AX and Ceramics Centre Tours 

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Atlantic Arts Symposium Livestream feat. ceramics artist Tomo Ingalls

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  New Brunswick Artists Panel Discussion 

In this panel discussion, New Brunswick artists Peter Powning, Maja Padrov, and Danika Vautour will discuss their experiences in the arts in our province from their perspectives as emerging, mid-career, and veteran artists and craftspeople.

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  Networking 


8:30 a.m.  Registratio

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Continental Breakfast

10:00 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.  Darren Emenau Workshop: Low Tech – High Results

In most places in the world, ceramics are made without the use of specialised gadgets and equipment. Darren Emenau’s workshop will focus on the techniques that he has learned over the years which allow him to produce wares efficiently and with a minimal use of “pottery toys.” He will demonstrate how to make forms using simple moulds, create large slabs, and stretch wet clay, all while exploring the versatility of his few cherished tools. 

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch and Networking

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.  Maja Padrov Artist Talk: Form and Surface

In this artist talk, Maja Padrov will discuss her process of making ceramics, including throwing, hand building and glaze research, and how her approach to work and studio practice has changed over the last 20 years.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Melissa Leblanc Artist Talk: Storytelling Through Sculptural Ceramics

Join Melissa Leblanc as she takes you on her journey of storytelling through sculptural ceramics, inspired and influenced by living in a large family. In this artist talk, Melissa, the youngest of seven, will share the evolution of her work through the years. 

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.  Darren Emenau Artist Talk: Balance

In this artist talk, Darren Emenau will discuss how he finds balance between working as a ceramics artist and pursuing his many other interests. He will share insights from his 25+ years of experience into how he teeter-totters between making enough money, preventing burn-out, taking space, continuing to explore, and remembering to have fun.

8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) Networking; entertainment provided by The Montgomery Street Band Trio



9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Continental Breakfast 

10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  Peter Powning: Environmental Considerations and Ceramics

Join Peter Powning for this presentation and discussion about how ceramists can diminish their carbon footprint through changes in practice and adaptation. Peter will discuss specific examples of ways to embrace a low-carbon future in the arts and will explore the relationship between ceramics, the environment, and what we can do to be conscious of those issues as we create our art. Group input and discussion encouraged.

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Closing Remarks 

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch 

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Studio Tour of Powning Designs, Markhamville 

About the artists

Liz Demerson (Friday panel moderator)

Presently studio head of the Ceramics Studio at NBCCD, her specialty is ceramic science where she is testing and developing new glazes. She is currently doing research in the area of natural glaze development.

Liz has been harvesting a variety of materials in New Brunswick, such as seashells, granites, sands, seaweeds and other plant materials as well as different rocks and processing them into a ceramic-grade glaze product. Her current research is sourcing local clays and processing them into a usable body ceramics production.

Peter Powning (Friday panellist; Sunday artist talk, demonstration, studio tour)

Since 1970, Peter Powning has lived and worked as an artist in the hills of southern New Brunswick. His life is characterized by intense periods of work preparing for exhibitions and commissions, punctuated by periodic travel.

Maja Padrov (Friday panellist; Saturday artist talk)

Maja Padrov was born in Novi Sad, Serbia, and moved to Canada in 1997. In 2001, she graduated from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in Fredericton. ​Maja has received several awards and grants for creation, travel and professional development from the New Brunswick Arts Board and Canada Council for the Arts. ​

Danika Vautour (Friday panellist)

Danika Vautour is a Canadian visual artist who returned from her life abroad in 2020. She is a graduate of the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, where she received her Diploma in Ceramics and her Certificate in Foundation Visual Arts.

Darren Emenau (Saturday workshop, artist talk)

Darren Emenau was raised in New Brunswick, Canada, and is a graduate of the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. His work has been featured in the book Wood-Fired Ceramics: 100 Contemporary Artists, as well as in periodicals such as Ceramics Monthly and Canadian Art.

Melissa Leblanc (Saturday artist talk)

Melissa Leblanc is the recipient of a New Brunswick Arts Creation Grant and has had a solo exhibition of her human/animal hybrid sculptures at Canada’s largest ceramic art gallery, Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery in London, Ontario.

We would like to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts through the Jean A. Chalmers Prize.

Thank you to our Gold Sponsor Tucker’s Pottery Supplies, our Silver Sponsors Handworks Gallery and the Sussex Downtown Business Association, and Community Sponsors Gallery 78  and Sussex Ale Works for their support of this event.