Zoë Pinnell is an AiR at Harbourfront Centre and a recent graduate of Sheridan College. Originally from London, Ontario, she was exposed to ceramics in her highschool art program. Fresh from high school, she attended NSCAD University, but returned to Ontario to attend Sheridan. Zoë has been awarded Best in Show at the Gardiner Museum, Medalta Residency award, the Pottery Supply House award, and works as a studio assistant in Nova Scotia.
"My work consists of sculpture and functional hand-built objects that are decorated with colourful glazes, slips, and illustrations. I am influenced by historical patterns, Victorian symbolism, tchotchke objects, and floral motifs. The cycle of life and death taking place in the garden offer an inspiration for the ways in which plants and animals grow and interact in my work. At the end of their life cycle, garden creatures are held within these beautiful beds of flowers and earth, only to grow once again on my pieces."