about sourceworks
Source Works’ ceramic & cement pieces are original creations involving mold making, slip casting in earthenware and casting in cement. I have been an art maker my whole life, and continue to explore artmaking in clay, mixed media and painting. The inspiration for the work is ‘sourced’ from folkloric imagery and symbolism.

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about melanie earle
I have been drawing and painting since I was thirteen years old. Around that time I enrolled in a Saturday watercolour class and my instructor Judy Goodwin, an accomplished watercolourist herself, suggested to tutor me privately. This was the beginning of my exploration of artmaking as a means of expressing myself artistically.
I also attended summer drawing and painting workshops at the Banff School for the Arts, and it was there that my goals  became clear, and I decided to pursue a post secondary education in art. I began my studies in Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba and then decided to move to Toronto after being accepted to The Ontario College of Art.  It was here that I started to mature as an artist, exploring ideas through the visual arts.
While mostly painting and making sculpture, my work is inspired by dream imagery, symbolism, and spirituality. Always inspired by the natural world, I have over the years incorporated ‘natural imagery’ in an effort to express my vision.
After graduating from OCAD (Ontario College of Art & Design) in 1985, I helped found and become a member of an artists’ collective called “Republic”.  I was involved in this group for around four years, showing and organizing shows in Toronto.
I have also worked in the commercial arts as a graphic artist and a colourist. For over twenty years I have worked with my studio-run business – Sourceworks - creating unique ceramic molds for ceramic sculpture, vessels and jewelry, something that is in keeping with my artistic vision. As well I founded an artists group in 2008, called The Grey Highlands Artists Collective, GHAC, and more recently have begun combining other materials, creating fabric and ceramic wall art', which I call 'Silverfleece Designs". I find these different activities all inform eachother in the creative process.

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