About the Artist
Bhavna Bhatnagar was born in New Delhi, India. After arriving to Canada in 1989 she volunteered at Ontario’s London Art Gallery and was a part of their corporate department. Taking classes in French paper tole art at Fanshawe college, she then mastered and taught art at a community centre in London, Ontario. Bhavna also built her teaching experience by leading part time French paper tole adult classes at the local community centre.
After moving to Toronto in 1994 Bhavna attended George Brown College where she graduated with a professional diploma in ceramics. Her ceramic work was shown on City TV in 1997 during her second year at George Brown. In addition to her artistic endeavours, her passion of event planning lead her to co-chairing the Trillium Diwali Gala in 2005and 2008, allowing her artistic experience to create a more aesthetically pleasing event. Additionally, Bhavna was actively involved in both the Lion’s Club and Rainbow Galas.
Her passion in the arts and event planning inspired her to open a family entertainment centre in 2006. By organizing clay workshops/parties Bhavna provided opportunities to both adults and children to pursue their own interests in art. In addition, she coordinated corporate events at her centre for large companies such as WestJet, Home Depot, and multiple others.
Despite her numerous successes, in 2012, Bhavna sold her company in order to continue her passion by joining the Mississauga Potter’s Guild. She took a position on the board of directors at the Guild, serving as an exhibition coordinator. One notable activity she organized was the 2016 Biennial Exhibition at the Living Arts Centre.
Through the Mississauga Arts Council she has administered clay workshops for children. She also separately organized clay workshops for Montessori's and temples. As Bhavna became increasingly involved in the art community through the Potter’s Guild, she began to participate in juried events and exhibitions while also coordinating successful Diwali art shows to present her unique art works, Winning multiple awards at various exhibitions at places such as the Living Arts Centre and the Mississauga Potter’s Guild she was also invited to the Vibrant Ceramics Summit in India as VIP delegate from Canada, thus increasing her interest in the integration of ceramics and technology.
Recently, Bhavna has opened the official Ceramic Expressions art studio in Brampton, where she has held numerous guest workshops, exhibitions as well as an in-house gallery that beautifully displays her artwork. Additionally, as COVID-19 took the world by surprise Bhavna has swiftly integrated her passion in art and interest in technology by developing online workshops. Utilizing today’s virtual technology she has conducted numerous lessons with people of all ages. Presently, she participated in the Arts&Artisans Development Network Festival as well as the AGM Boarding Crossing Exhibition. Bhavna looks forward to improving her knowledge and artistic techniques over the course of her career, and maintaining her involvement in the community to promote the medium of ceramics.