Wednesday, 29 October 2014

upcoming events and exhibitions @ Northern Clay Center

Sam Chung @ Plinth Gallery - Exhibition and Workshop

Join us on First Friday, November 7th, from 6-9pm for a reception with our guest artist Sam Chung. The exhibition "Skyscapes" will be on display during Denver Art Week, and through January 2015.


We will be closed Nov. 16-28, reopening on Saturday Nov. 29. We wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!

Sam Chung comes to Plinth from Arizona State University where he teaches ceramics in the Herberger College School of Art. Using drawing as a basis for developing form, Chung develops templates to define the clay parts. Then, using both wheel and hand building techniques, combines the parts into complex forms. His vessels reflect both historical and cultural references. Sam Chung’s vessels, be they teapots, containers or tableware are thoughtful, well designed and impeccably made.
“I am interested in the way pots have the unique ability to serve a multitude of roles and functions. They can exhibit decorative beauty, bring attention to more functional or tactile concerns, and also create historical, cultural and experiential associations. I work within the context of pottery to exploit its universal familiarity and impose my own vision for merging historically and culturally disparate influences. I am curious about the relationships I see among various forms of creative expression from both past and present, and try to bring forth a new language of pottery for the future.”
On Thursday, Nov. 6th, from 6-7pm, Sam will be presenting a lecture in the Visual Arts Center on the CU Boulder campus. This presentation is free and open to the public. 
Then, join us for our First Friday opening reception with Sam as we kick off Denver Art Week on Nov. 7, from 6-9pm.  This event is also free and open to the public and we hope you can join us!  

Workshop:Sam Chung
ONLY 3 SPACES LEFT!!  On November 8-9, from 9am-5pm, Plinth Gallery will host a two-day workshop with ceramic artist Sam Chung. 
This workshop will focus on the process of making shapes by altering wheel-thrown forms, and by assembling slab-built forms designed from  paper templates.  Both techniques will use drawing as a design tool for developing form. Discussion will focus on development of ideas for pottery form in relation to history, context, function and design. Additional discussion and demonstration on the application of China paints to integrate surface decoration and imagery with form will be presented.
Cost:   $265.00 includes all materials and lunch both days. 
Graduate Credit is available through Adams State University. For additional information and to register, contact Plinth Gallery.

3520 Brighton Blvd.
Denver, CO 80216
(303) 295-0717 

Al Holen Workshop @ the Ceramics Center

329 10th Ave SE suite 117
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

residency opportunity: Countryside Residency for International Artists in Rome, Italy

Before you read this post I suggest you head over to the blog Culture Vulture with Residencies for a nice write up and personalized view of the residency experience. 
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The non-profit organization  ‘c.r.e.t.a. rome’ offers an international self-funded residency program in the countryside of Rome, Italy. The Italian word for clay seemed perfect to express the co-founders' commitment to creating an international reference point for ceramics and the arts in the eternal city of Rome. Moreover, taken as an acronym, it spells out c.r.e.t.a. rome's main activities: ceramics, residencies, exhibitions, teaching and the arts. 

The residency in the countryside is still in Rome, but lies on the border with the nearest town, Anguillara Sabazia,  one of three Medieval towns on the lake of Bracciano. The nearest train station is 2,5km. away. We have two bikes available for resident's use. From the train station there are regular trains that run to Rome in about 40 mins. There is also a shuttle bus from the train station to the town of Anguillara on the lake, stopping along the way at supermarkets, etc.

The residency includes accommodation in a one-bedroom house with a garden complete with fruit trees. This is a particularly good option for artists working on collaborative projects or who seek tranquility for writing. Resident artists can bring their spouses/companions and/or families (supplemental fee).

Residents have a well-equipped private studio. For ceramic artists, there is access to both electric and gas kilns, with options for reduction firing. We provide a weekly shopping run, technical assistance in procuring materials, firings, etc., advice on museums, galleries and sites in Rome and beyond.

Artists have the opportunity to focus on their art, whether it be creating a new body of work, expanding a well-established oeuvre or allowing themselves to draw inspiration from their surroundings and the centuries of culture that define Italy. In addition, they will have access to the wealth of galleries and exhibitions in Rome and beyond. Artists are encouraged to submit a proposal for a final exhibition to display the work created during the residency period. The final exhibition will be held in the c.r.e.t.a. rome gallery in c.r.e.t.a. rome's studio in the historical center of Rome, just minutes from Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline museums on one side and the Pantheon on the other.

We offer a number of additional perks such as help with travel arrangements, such as airport pick-ups, museum reservations etc. We can also arrange optional day-trips to museums and sites in Rome and beyond. If there are workshops during the period of your residency, you will have an opportunity to participate at a reduced rate. ​ 

SPRING 2015 residency periods: deadline 1 DECEMBER 2014

ARTISTS INVITE ARTISTS (we will post more info soon!):
16 – 30 MAY

SUMMER 2015 residency periods: deadline 1 MARCH 2015
1-30 JUNE
1-30 JULY

FALL 2015 residency periods: deadline 15 MAY 2015

A selection committee composed of artists, art critics and historians carefully evaluates applicants based on their artistic experience, merit and project proposal. For more info and costs, contact Lori-Ann Touchette, or see our web-site:
To apply, please submit the following by e-mail to
curriculum vitae
    artist statement (250 words max)
    project proposal (500 words max) and preferred residency period
    10 images (jpeg or pdf), image list with year, materials & dimensions
For more information:

movie day: Phenomenal

Phenomenal from R&A Collaborations on Vimeo.

Jin Eui Kim is a ceramic artist, originally from South Korea. He graduated from Cardiff School of Art & Design with a MA and PhD in Ceramics, during which time he studied the illusory effects of application of black through to white to three-dimensional surfaces.
Jin Eui explores in depth tonal effects and spatial illusions, creating works that are both visually and intellectually challenging. He makes both none-functional sculpture works of horizontal and vertical cylinder forms and functional ware, applies the principles of creation of illusory spatial phenomena such as gradient in tone and size of bands. He also tries to understand more, the quality of clay and how it can be combined with subtle variations of tone to create the illusory spatial phenomena.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Due November 1st 2014

Hamilton Artists Inc. is currently accepting applications for both its James and Cannon Galleries as well as its Cannon Project Wall space.

The Cannon Gallery is a juried exhibition space, accepting local, national and international applications and paying full CARFAC fees. The Cannon Project Wall is an outdoor exhibition platform measuring 8′ x 36′. Artists may also choose to apply to the James Gallery which is primarily a members exhibition space. There are four specific calls for the James Gallery listed below. Please refer to the descriptions of the Galleries to decide which is more appropriate for your needs/ practice.
CLICK HERE to download a floor-plan of Hamilton Artists Inc.’s exhibition spaces.
A 3D sketchup model of the gallery can be accessed HERE

Full details here.

emerging artist: Mike Stumbras


Friday, 24 October 2014

teabowl. form. function. expression @ Oxford Ceramics Gallery

call for entry: Monumental Ideas/Intimate Scale: A National Juried Exhibition

Open to all artists 18 years or older presently residing in the United States and territories.

Benjie Heu, Professor of Ceramics, Southeast Missouri State University
Benjie Heu has a M.F.A degree in ceramics from Ohio University (1998) and a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Montevallo (1994) with an emphasis in ceramics, sculpture and printmaking. In between degrees, he studied ceramics at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (1995). Benjie maintains an active exhibition record of solo, group, juried, and invitational exhibitions.

Cash awards will be given for Merit Award and Best of Show.
Awards will be announced at the Opening Reception on Friday, February 6, 2015 from 5 - 7 pm. Sales and Commissions Southeast Missouri State University refers interested buyers directly to the artist. The University does not take any commission on sales of artwork.

All 2D and 3D media are eligible. Entries must be original art completed in the last three years (2012 - 14).
Maximum size of the artwork is 9”x9”x9”, including frame or case.
Two - dimensional works must be framed and wired for installation.
Three - dimensional wall pieces must include hanging hardware.
Please note that the gallery walls are drywall on metal studs – there is no plywood backing.

The Juror reserves the right to disqualify any work not suitably presented or that varies from the submitted image.

Exhibition Calendar
Nov. 2, 2014 Deadline for Entries to be submitted
Dec. 8 - 12 , 2014 Notifications of Acceptance emailed
Jan. 20 - 27, 2015 Artworks received at the River Campus Art Gallery
Feb. 6, 2015 Opening Reception, 5 - 7 pm
Feb. 2 - 26, 2015 Exhibition dates
Feb. 27 - March 7, 2015 Return of artwork

Shipment and Delivery
Shipping artwork to and from the exhibit is the financial responsibility of the artist. All artwork must arrive in packaging suitable for return shipping with a prepaid shipping label with UPS or FedEx included. Artists are responsible for their own insurance during to and from shipping. Shipping cartons must be reusable and within shipping guidelines. Please use professional grade boxes. No packing peanuts allowed. Late or damaged work will not be exhibited. Hand deliveries would be accepted January 26 - 29, with prior arrangements made with the Gallery Coordinator at Works must be labeled with artist’s name, title of work, media, and price on the back or bottom of artwork.

Receipt of your submission constitutes your agreement with all conditions established in this prospectus. Although the utmost care will be taken in handling the artwork and there is always a Gallery Attendant on duty while the gallery is open to the public, Southeast Missouri State University will not be responsible for damage or loss. We recommend that you carry your own insurance. Consent to reproduce works photographically, for publicity purposes, is assumed to be granted.

Image Files
Up to three Image Files will be submitted via the website as listed below in Entry Procedure. Each image file should not exceed 1.5 MB. Please label each image file with the title of artwork (e.g., TitleofArtwork.jpg).

Entry Fee
The non - refundable entry fee is $20 for up to three works of art. Payment should be made by credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover) via the website listed below in Entry Procedure.

Entry Procedure
Please go to the following website to enter. Be prepared to submit the following:

1. Personal Contact Information (name, address, email, phone)

2. Up to Three Image Files (jpg files not to exceed 1.5 MB each)

3. Image Information for each image (Title, Media, Size, Year, Price/NFS)

4. Entry Fee Payment ($20 via credit card)

Notification of accepted work will be sent via email.

Any questions or concerns may be directed to the Gallery Coordinator at

show us your influences - guest post by Stephanie Jonsson

Yellow Salt Growth -
Stephanie Jonsson

Some information about my work:

My research investigates the use of ornament in Western culture, aesthetic reactions to Modernism, and our culture’s obsession with image, appearance, and fabricated “natural” designs. I am interested in themes of repetition, pattern, obsession, accumulation, sex/gender, and the handmade. Through the disciplines of installation and ceramic sculpture, my practice explores the dichotomies of craft and fine art, nature and technology, the handmade and machine. The 19th Century practice of conventionalization and reduction of the plant form in order to confirm to anthropocentric systems of order, as well as its contemporary manifestation, is precisely the type of appropriation I am interested in.

Soda Favites -
Stephanie Jonsson

Urban Urchins -
Stephanie Jonsson

Eva Hesse
Why Eva Hesse inspires me:

Eva Hesse's work has a unique relationship to materials and process. She was obsessed with absurdity, and her organic manipulation of the physical properties of sculpture often referenced the female body. Hesse is an inspiration to me because she was making work that spoke to the realities of being a woman in the 1960s art world in New York, without being literal or cliché.
Cal Lane

Why Cal Lane inspires me:

The work of Cal Lane shifts traditionally female ornate sources such as doilies and tablecloths onto metal tools and objects which are traditionally gendered male. She calls to mind all things feminine with her lace cutouts: lacemaking, cake decorating and traditional “women’s work”. Using a plasma torch, Lane makes lace like patterns out of rusted metal objects such as shovels, cars, or other industrial tools and transforms them into fragile, flower-patterned cutouts. I am inspired by Lane's use of organic patterning and her subversion of traditional gender roles in our contemporary society.
Yayoi Kusama
Why Yayoi Kusama inspires me:

Like Hesse, Yayoi Kusama was also a female artist in New York in the 1960's, although she spent considerable time in her native country Japan. She began to cover everyday objects with white phallic protrusions, rendering them at once absurd and threatening. She has a very obsessive personality and speaks openly about her mental illness and hallucinations of millions of dots. Her work with accumulations and repetition fascinates me, and I want my work to be simultaneously attractive and repulsive in the same way Kusama's work operates.

Contact info, etc:e-mail:

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

resident artist opportunity: The Ceramics Center

The Ceramic Center located in the beautiful NewBo area, in Cedar Rapids Iowa, is looking for a Resident Artist to begin on January 5th, 2015.  Applications are due November 5th, 2014.

The  purpose of our unique program is to provide emerging ceramic artists with an environment - the space, facilities, time and professional interaction - that will foster and further develop their ideas, skills, abilities and focus as ceramic artists.
The Ceramics Center can accommodate up to six Resident Artists. Residencies are typically for a 12 month period of time. Longer or shorter terms can be negotiated as necessary and appropriate.


Each Resident Artist Will Receive

•     A personal work space
•     24/7 access to the facilities
•     Free enrollment in all special workshops and seminars, space permitting
•     Access to ceramics professionals in the area for consultation and feedback
•     Clay, glazes and personal glaze chemicals at a reduced cost and unlimited use of our kilns at no cost.
•     Opportunity to teach a variety of classes at the Center
*Housing, food and travel are not provided to the Resident Artist.
To apply please provide us with the following documents:
  1. 10-20 Digital Images of recent work, formatted as individual images AND as a Powerpoint Document.
  2. Artist's Statement (Word Document or PDF) 
  3. Statement of Artistic and Personal Goals for your Residency (Word Document or PDF) 
  4. Resume
  5. 2 Letters of Recommendation, on official letterhead, MAILED to the Ceramics Center. 
If you choose to fill it out online, please email supporting documents as attachments to
For mail, send this form and supporting documents to:
The Residency Review Committee
329 10th Avenue, SE, Suite 117
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
For further information about our center or our current RA's please visit

podcast thursdays: A History of the World in 100 Objects

 Russian revolutionary plate

Decorated plate from St Petersburg. Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, explores the Russian Revolution by looking at a plate painted with propaganda for the new Communist state. The plate was made at the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, in 1901 but was decorated 20 years later in the same factory, which had become the State Porcelain Factory in the newly-named city of Petrograd. With contributions by Mikhail Piotrovsky and Eric Hobsbawn.
Here the episode here:

Find out more about the podcast here: