Wednesday, 28 September 2016

call for entry: Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale 2017 Korea

Applications: 4 to 31 October 2016

call for entry: 5th China Shanghai International Modern Pot Art Biennale

Shanghai, CHINA
Entry Deadline: 28 October 2016

Job Posting: Studio Assistant LOAM Clay Studio

LOAM Clay studio is a growing pottery business in the heart of Hintonburg, an Ottawa neighbourhood known for its vibrant arts community.

The position will be for a minimum 20hours per week. Applicants must have a solid foundation in the ceramics arts and an eagerness to further develop their skills. This position requires a physically strong and motivated individual. Specific duties will include, maintaining a clean and dust free environment in the studio, loading and unloading the kiln, recycling clay, providing technical support to open studio potters, assisting with classes and workshops, and providing friendly customer services to visitors and shoppers.

The following skills are assets for applicants who may wish to expand their role at LOAM.
-   strong throwing skills
-   teaching experience
-   Fluency in French
-   Slip casting
-   Glaze development
-   Retail Sales
-   Handbuilding
-   Design
-   Mold making
-   Photography

Interested applicants should send their CV and digital portfolio to

LOAM Clay Studio
7A Hamilton Avenue North
Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 1B4
613 722 2529

movie day: Michael Kline's periscope video of the Potter's Favorite Pots portion of the #ucvii Utilitarian Clay.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

emerging artist: Yvette De Lacy


Maureen Marcotte

175 Third Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario
Opening/Vernissage: Friday, November 11, 6-9pm
Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, 10am-5pm

If BBC’s reality TV show The Great Pottery Throwdown, high-profile art competitions like RBC’s Emerging Artist Peoples Choice Awards, and numerous prestigious international ceramics competitions are any indication, clay is now being acknowledged as a valued contemporary medium that is increasingly popular with artists, audiences and collectors. Ceramic work has spread its wings and is catching some well-deserved limelight! The ceramic world has become…well…something akin to sexy!

But this is something that the members of 260 Fingers have known for decades, and celebrating high-calibre ceramic work is the reason this speacial exhibition and sale was established 12 years ago. This November 11-13th, the twenty-six ceramic artists and potters of 260 Fingers 2016 will congregate at Ottawa’s Glebe Community Centre for their annual exhibition and sale of some of the most inspiring and diverse ceramic work from Ontario and western Quebec. The breadth and caliber of this show is recognized as unique in the province and features work from functional to sculptural, wood-fired to electric-fired, from formal, to functional, to highly decorative. 

The event features numerous award-winning artists with international followings. This past summer, among the 100 participating artists in the prestigious Biennial of Ceramics in Taiwan, six were from Canada. Four of these six were our own 260 Fingers artists: Lisa Creskey, Paula Murray, Reid Flock, and Cynthia O’Brien who travelled to Taiwan for the exhibition. Others have participated in national and international residencies over the last few years. Still others have had significant exhibitions locally and internationally. Each of the artists views 260 Fingers as a welcome opportunity to present their newest and in many cases, most daring or challenging work.

Each year new guests are invited to participate to help keep 260 Fingers fresh.  This year’s guests are Toronto potters Chiho Tokita, Loren Kaplan, Jeannie Pappas and Heather Smit as well as Quebec artists Don Goddard and Marianne Chenard.

On Friday, November 11, from 6-9pm, the gorgeous, domed atrium of the Glebe Community Centre will open its doors to visitors eager to be among the first to view and purchase this year’s new work. The vernissage is open to everyone and is truly a festive celebration of ceramic work complete with music, food, drink and lively conversation.  The show continues Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13 from 10am – 5pm. Artists will be present all weekend. Tours of the show are each afternoon at 2pm and offer an opportunity to hear about each artist’s unique work and processes and to ask any questions you may have about their work and studio practice.

260 Fingers is a free event. For more information please email or call Maureen Marcotte at 819-459-3164


Friday, 23 September 2016

Mothers in Arts Residency

MA Residency

Mothers in Arts Residency (MA Residency) will be a studio space combined with a communal nursery. The Residency is specialized in supporting emerging women artists, who are also mothers. Mothers in Arts is free of charge; the artists agree on take turns to work and look after each others children around an organized work schedule.
MA Residency provides studio space for 3 artists and a communal nursery for their children. Accommodation is not provided. The residency invites emerging woman artists to apply whose children are between 3 months an 24 months old. The Residency gives new mothers an opportunity to continue their artistic development.
The trial Residency takes place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands between March 2017 and May 2017, and will be finished with an exhibition in June 2017.


Mothers in Arts is a small initiative founded by Csilla Klenyanszki, who lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The idea of this project comes from my own experiences, which are based on the first year of motherhood, the social and the daycare situation in the Netherlands & my particular situation as an emigrant artist, without a family network.
The inspiration for this project comes from a “self-directed, open-source artist in residency”, called ARIM. An Artist in Residency in Motherhood ( was founded by Lenka Clyton and wants to “empower and inspire artists who are also mothers”. I am currently doing a project, called “Pillars of home” during ARIM.
The Residency begins as a small project, because it is supported from the Stipendium Program for Emerging Artist (Werkbijdrage Jong Talent), awarded by the Mondriaan Foundation, based in the Netherlands. This is also the reason, that the Residency will be a trial residency first as the financial resources are limited.
The studio invites emerging women artists to work in the studio when their child is between 3 months to 2 years old. The Residency is designed around the childcare policies of the Netherlands: 3 months is the given maternity leave and 2 years is the minimum age, when children are provided with 2 days a week subsidized daycare. This “in between” period is crucial for an artist-parent: through the strict schedule and the constant attention which a baby requires, critical practice becomes limited.
The trial residency takes place between March - May 2017 and will be finished with an exhibition in June 2017. The trial residency is really important to obtain further funding, which would make possible extending the Residency and making it permanent.
The project exists with the hope that it can help artists to combine their artistic practice with early parenthood. Through the project I wish to put forward a discussion about a problem that affects many emerging artist women when they become parents. Even though, many artists have children, parenthood remains stigmatized in the art world. Therefore, besides the physical and mental challenges of childbearing - which are consuming enough - an added feeling of isolation can be felt by many mothers.
This situation isn’t exclusive for artists of course, it is a common dilemma for most working mothers. After becoming a parent maintaining a professional life becomes difficult.
The project is geared to mother artists and by drawing attention to this hidden segment of the art world I want to stimulate mothers in general. By showing and promoting their existence, I hope that the professional and also the general public realizes and confirms their importance as a matter of public health.

For more info:

BUILDING YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE: a workshop with yours truly : )

Wednesdays, October 5 to 26, 10 am –1 pm; Sunday, November 6, 10 am – 4 pm
This course will survey a variety of online platforms available and proven successful for artists and other creative professionals. Carole Epp, founder of Musing About Mud – a blog and Instagram account with over 13k followers – will cover concepts ranging from marketing and branding to content production to contextual considerations for dissemination to practical “how-tos” of online social media platforms. This will not be a “how to build your website” course, but rather how to use the internet to grow your business. It is suitable for beginners to those with an established web presence: Carole will take beginners through the process of developing an online portfolio – including a website and social media – introducing and explaining how to use a variety of free online resources; through this process, she will work with those who are more experienced to refine each aspect of their online presence so it better markets them and their work.

Held at Creative Commons YXE, a production space attached to Void Gallery, providing a professional environment and exposure to the workings of a commercial gallery.


The courses are intended for artists of all skill levels who want to refine their professional practices or improve their creative business skills. They are suitable for early-career artists learning new techniques or experienced artists who would like to receive support and feedback throughout processes they have been undertaking for years.

Details here:

Thursday, 22 September 2016

call for entries: Hard + Soft

about the exhibition

The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the 30th annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard + Soft began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. The exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. In this anniversary year, we are thrilled to be partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts to expand this national exhibition to now include international artists. Approximately 70 works will be selected by an esteemed juror for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas.

Full details here: