Elena Fumagalli



I was born in Venezuela to Italian parents. At 13 years of age I moved to the USA to attend boarding school,first in the state of Missouri and then in New York State. There I learnt to speak English and completed my High School Diploma.


I was always involved in the arts programs. I designed the Year books for the school and participated in a lot of contests; winning a couple of 1st prices for drawings and writing poems in calligraphy. When I graduated my parents decided to immigrate to Canada and I have been here since the early 70s.


I attended the Brunswick Arts School of Toronto, followed by a BA degree from York University. I met my wonderful husband in 1976, we were married 6 months later and we have three amazing children and 3 grandchildren. I worked full time in the Travel and Airline Industry until a career change led me into the Optical industry. I am constantly taking art courses, drawing, painting and in the last 5 years sculpting.


It was in the late 1900’s that I first became interested in clay; I began by colouring

already made bisque pieces and taking part time classes at a local Guild. Being able to create my own pieces was so fulfilling. Becoming a member of the guild was the next natural step.

Now I mostly work on sculptures which I find so rewarding. I am able to express myself through my pieces by shaping them and making them come alive.


These are a few of the Arts and Craft Shows in which I have participated

(In the Toronto and Richmond Hill Area)


Richmond Hill Studio Tour - 2010/2013/2016/2017

Made with Love Arts Show – February 2009

Thornhill Village Festival - Summer 2006

Hill Potter’s Guild (2002-present)

•Awarded Winning Pieces (Juror’s best in show – Hill Potter’s Guild – 2006/2009/2010)

Toronto Potters Christmas Show at the Distillery District.

TOAF2019 - As part of the Hill Potters Guild


I continue to learn and better my craft, broaden my knowledge and expand my creativity by attending a variety of workshops taught by amazing potters and sculptors.

These are only to name a few:


Harland House

Paul Stewart

Keith Campbell

Steve Irvine

Anne Armstrong

Puchi Noriega

Jim Hake

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