Harry Poliak was born in 1952 and grew up in South Africa during the Apartheid regime. As a child, the need to travel into the inner recess of his mind and connect to creativity abounded. Influenced by his African roots, he spent many moments entering the realm of ancient art fed by Africa’s multicultural identities. Poliak moved to Canada in 1977 where he began replanting forests and where he trained and worked as a cabinetmaker. In 1985 he married a potter. By 1990 he had shifted his focus primarily to clay and started the journey as a production potter making both functional and sculptural ware. Currently Poliak’s work is sculptural. In 2000 he relocated to the USA where he pursued opportunities to work in community arts, education and youth development and continue his journey with clay. Poliak will be doing a hand building demonstration of his working process.