Tuesday, 27 January 2015

call for artists: The British Ceramics Biennial

The British Ceramics Biennial is returning to Stoke-on-Trent for a fourth time from the 26 Sept to 8 Nov 2015.  Following the success of the last Biennial in 2013, the festival will again take over the spectacular China Hall at the original Spode factory site in Stoke town. Applications are now open for the prestigious AWARD and FRESH exhibitions.

At the heart of the British Ceramics Biennial, the AWARD exhibition will again be “It is the energetic, non-conformist, challenging spirit we need to encourage. It is the spirit which brought about Stoke-on-Trent’s success in the 18th century. And the Biennial plays an important part in reviving that culture by bringing in talent, discovering new designers, and forcing us to think on an international scale.” Tristram Hunt, MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, writing in Apollo Magazine

The celebrated AWARD exhibition will sit at the centre of the fourth British Ceramics Biennial taking place in Stoke-on-Trent from 26 September to 8 November 2015.

In 2015 we will be developing AWARD, with an emphasis on new work, work with little previous exposure, work which projects ceramic practice forward to match the ambition of BCB as a national showcase.

You are invited to apply for the BCB AWARD 2015 – a prestigious exhibition that celebrates the vitality and standing of contemporary British ceramics, in the context of its long history in Stoke-on-Trent.

Deadline for applications: Monday 30 March 2015

Building on the success and growing reputation of the AWARD exhibition by siting the show at the centre of the programme of exhibitions on the Spode site. A new selection panel chaired by Alun Graves (Curator of Ceramics & Glass at the V&A) will choose 10 artists, giving each exhibitor more space, providing a platform and more focused opportunity for critical appraisal.

A single cash prize of ££5,000 will be made together with an offer to the winner to be involved in both the selection process for AWARD 2017 and the subsequent BCB 2017 exhibition programme.

Artists are asked to submit proposals, outlining what work they would seek to present if selected. It is a condition that all work proposed will be current (no more than three years old). We anticipate that many of the artists will propose to make new work for the 2015 exhibition.


“The Fresh exhibition is so much more than a collective graduate show; it is about representing our education, about being present and creating a presence in the ceramics field”

Helen Felcey
Manchester School of Art, NACHE executive
and chair of Fresh 2015 selection panel

The acclaimed FRESH show will be one of the main exhibitions at the fourth British Ceramics Biennial, taking place in Stoke-on-Trent, from 26 September to 8 November 2015.

Graduates (BA, MA) of UK higher education universities and colleges who graduated in 2014 or 2015 are invited to apply for the BCB FRESH 2015 – a prestigious exhibition that celebrates the emerging talent in contemporary British ceramics, in the context of its long history in Stoke-on-Trent.

Deadline for applications: Monday 6 July 2015

What is FRESH?

A curated survey exhibition of new ceramic work by recent graduates from UK Higher Education programmes. Organised by the British Ceramics Biennial BCB and the National Association of Ceramics in Higher Education (NACHE).

Venue: BCB Exhibition Space the original Spode factory site, Stoke Town, Stoke-on-Trent

FRESH will:
Promote the high quality work of graduates to a professional and public audience through a combination of visitors to the show, symposium, journal articles and reviews.
Represent the range of practice of graduates within the field, which is anticipated to include work from across the ceramic spectrum: studio pottery, tableware and industrial design, figurative and abstract sculpture and installation.

Provide an invaluable launch pad for the exhibitors as they embark on their professional careers.
Award commendations for three exhibitors demonstrating talent and professional potential in the disciplines of craft, design and fine art.

Find all the details here: www.britishceramicsbiennial.com/get-involved/artist-opportunities/?mdid=0

Greenscapes: Of/In/From the Garden

An exhibition of work inspired by the garden and its accoutrements

January 31- March 14, 2015

Opening reception: Saturday, January 31, 6-8pm
Gallery talk with the curator 7pm

Participating Artists: Joan Bruneau, Sunshine Cobb, Sally Aldrich, Keiko Ashida, Posey Bacopoulos, Parviz Batliwala, Deb Bedwell, Robert Bello, Dalia Berman, Monique Brooks, Cory Brown, Julie Buyon, Jeanne Carreau, Ben Carter, Rebecca Chappell, Jennifer Cherpock, Blair Clemo, Jane Cohen, Chandra DeBuse, Susan Dewsnap, Kim Dickey, Kelley Donahue, Paul Donnelly, Lindsey Francis, Ron Geibel, Carol Gouthro, Mel Griffin, Ursula Hargens, Robin Henschel, Beth Herod, Debra Holiber, Rebecca Hutchinson, Reena Kashyap, Sarah Koster, Martina Lantin, Denis Licul, Loren Maron, Deborah Mawhinney, Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Lori Mills, Bob Miranti, Rimmie Mosley, Sally Ng, Matt Nolen, Helen Otterson, Joe Pintz, Brenda Quinn, Don Reynolds, Marilyn Richeda, Harriet Ross, Lily Schor, Roberta Shapiro, Gabrielle Sia, Hal Silverman, Tamar Sobol, Hatsumi Suyama, Brian Taylor, Georgia Tenore, Holly Walker, Adero Willard and Susan Wortman

Clay Art Center is pleased to present Greenscapes: Of/In/From the Garden, a national invitational exhibition of functional and sculptural objects of and for the garden by over 60 artists curated by Caitlin Brown. This exhibition will highlight the relationship between ceramics and the garden and will keep the memory of spring alive in the gallery though temperatures might drop in the snowy northeast.

The garden draws nature into relationship with people. It is no longer a wild thing but tamed, nurtured and cultivated for harvest. Just as ceramics are global, so is agriculture. Agrarian societies and ceramics share technology, materials and objects, their histories are intertwined. From agriculture to English gardens to houseplants, artists will explore nature and its taming. Artists will describe the tenacious nature of weeds, the implements of urban gardening, food that grows in gardens and its presentation once harvested, composting, and cut flowers. This exhibition will feature functional objects by over 60 contemporary ceramic artists with which to display the harvest of flowers, ceramic garden furniture, fountains, rain barrels, water filters, bird baths, bird houses, watering cans, buckets, baskets and things with which to collect the harvest as well as garden sculptures.

Our Saturday Drop-in classes will feature garden themed projects for the duration of the exhibition.

Each year, CAC hosts a themed national invitational that showcases the breadth and depth of what is happening in the realm of functional and decorative ceramics. This year the theme allows for the idea that sculpture is in and of itself functional in a garden setting. This year the garden theme expands to include sculptural objects as well, for what is a garden without the fantasy, whim or the narrative aspects that representational work can convey? Greenscapes and its concurrent events combines familiar forms and artistic voices with the results of those who branched out. Simultaneous events will allow participants and community members to become immersed in the narrative of the garden.


technical tuesday: methods of fixing cracks, from greenware to fired clay

Monday, 26 January 2015

Clay @ Play: Irony, Humor, & Whimsy in the Ceramic Arts

The 30th Alabama Clay Conference – February 26-28, 2015 in Birmingham

The Alabama Craft Council is pleased to announce the 30th Alabama Clay Conference – ALCC 30 to be held in Birmingham February 26-28, 2015 at the Historic Boutwell Auditorium. Our ALCC 30 presenters are Nick Joerling from Penland, North Carolina, Peter Rose from Knoxville, Tennessee, and Patti Warashina from Seattle, Washington.

ALCC 30 is being held in conjunction with the 2nd Bunting Ceramics Symposium at the Birmingham Museum of Art including ceramic artist Kathy Butterly, Birmingham clay artist Frank Fleming and speakers Professor Glen R. Brown, Gail Andrews, Dr. Don Wood, and Dr. Graham Boettcher, Rob Hunter, Ellen Denker, and Joey Brackner. For more information about the Ceramic Symposium contact: Anne Forschler or Emily Hanna.

The Alabama Clay Conference – ALCC 30 is sponsored by the Alabama Craft Council with partial funding from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Additional support provided by the Birmingham Museum of Art, Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau, Olympic Kilns, Potters Council, SHIMPO Ceramics, and Royal Cup Coffee.

Early Registration Extended – Register Now and Save $$$

ends Jan 31 midnight


If you need more information, contact.
Paula Reynolds
ACC & ALCC 30 Interim Director
Birmingham, Alabama
(Alabama Craft Counsil

new works by Carole Epp (oh that's me!) opening at @ Jonathon Bancrof-Snell

 Opening February 2nd 2015

Dig This: Exploring BC Clay

monday morning eye candy: Camille Schpilberg




Through the Awards Program, FUSION: The Ontario Clay and Glass Association
•  recognizes ceramics and glass community volunteers through the FUSION Volunteer Appreciation Program and through nominations of individuals for the Ontario Crafts Council John Mather Award for outstanding service to the crafts community •  supports ceramic and glass education in the province of Ontario by recognizing graduating students enrolled in a ceramics or glass program at an accredited Ontario college or university through Student Awards
•  nominates outstanding individuals demonstrating excellence in their field for national awards
•  encourages excellence by supporting member guild exhibitions through its Design Award
•  assists those in financial need seeking to pursue further education in the field of ceramics or glass by bursaries provided through the FUSION Scholarship Fund.
Award applications may be submitted at any time during the year. Awards are announced or presented at the FUSION Annual General Meeting in May, and are listed in the Annual Report. For additional information please call the FUSION office.
Applicants must apply for awards by writing the FUSION Awards Committee, outlining the award for which they would like to be considered. All required documentation must be included in the letter of application as described below.
In all cases the decisions of the awards committee are final. The committee reserves the right not to give an award if, in its judgement, there are no suitable candidates.

Fusion Scholarships
The FUSION Scholarship Fund provides funding for clay or glass artists wishing to further their education. Workshops, summer courses, formal education programs through universities and colleges, travel assistance and research projects are all formats that may be included for consideration. The jury will have the final decision as to how many recipients will receive a scholarship each year, and how much money each shall receive based on merit and funds available.
 Application guidelines:
•  Apply by writing a letter to the FUSION Awards Committee. Applicants are required to provide details of the educational program they wish to pursue and what they hope to gain from the program.
•  Applications must be accompanied by 5 high quality digital Jpeg images of recent work, an artist’s statement describing the kind of work you do and your philosophy in making of not more than 200 words, and a current resumé.
•  Applications may be forwarded to the FUSION office at any time during the year. However, to be considered for selection by jurors, applications must be received by January 31 in any given year. Award notifications to be sent by March 31st. FUSION is interested in supporting innovative artists who excel in their chosen medium – clay or glass. The jury is asked to evaluate (1) design excellence, (2) quality and workmanship, and (3) originality in the work submitted. The applicant should also (4) be able to articulate how the educational program will advance their long-term artistic practice, the dissemination of their work, or their career development.

 Each member Guild (affiliated) or Association is entitled to give one FUSION Design Award to a participant in the guild’s juried exhibition to honour excellence in design. The award consists of admission to a FUSION Conference, and a one year FUSION membership.
Application guidelines:
•  A letter of request for the award, including names of the juror(s) must be forwarded to the FUSION office.
•  The guild must provide FUSION with the name and address of the recipient within 30 days of the award presentation.
•  To be considered for publication, images and copy regarding the exhibition and award winners should be forwarded to the editor of FUSION Magazine.

 Each year individuals who have volunteered outstanding service to FUSION are recognized at the FUSION Annual Conference. The Award consists of a certificate, gift, and recognition of the activity in FUSION NEWS. Nominees for the award may be proposed by FUSION Board members, guild executives, or individual members. A letter from either guilds or individuals describing their rationale for proposing a volunteer for the award is due at the FUSION office April 30. Maximum length for nominations is two pages.

 Students enrolled in ceramics and glass departments at accredited Ontario universities and colleges are eligible for FUSION Student Awards. Each year, students nominated by faculty are eligible to receive awards.These awards are based on technical achievement,community involvement and merit. Faculty should request award packages for presentation at their awards ceremony from the FUSION office. Students must notify the FUSION office of their current address to receive the award.

 Since 1981, to honour a founding member and former treasurer John Mather, the Ontario Crafts Council presents three awards annually for service to crafts over an extended period. The OCC award consists of a medal and a life-time membership in the Crafts Council. As an affiliate of the OCC, FUSION is eligible to make nominations.
 Application guidelines:
•  Nominees must be residents of Ontario
•  Nominees need not be craftspeople.
•  Each nominee must be proposed and seconded by the nominating group
•  Application must be accompanied by the nominee’s resume
•  Applications must be accompanied with nominator’s rationale for proposing the individual for the award.
•  Maximum length for nominations is two pages.
•  Nominations are due at the FUSION office March 31 and will be forwarded to the OCC by the published deadline in any given year.

Mail letters of application to:
The FUSION Awards Committee
1444 Queen Street East
Toronto, Ontario
M4L 1E1
Or e-mail applications to: fusion@clayandglass.on.ca
FUSION gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council. The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Government of Ontario

To download a PDF of awards information, please click on this link:
FUSIONAwardsProgram 2015 draft.pdf

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Adult Pottery @ Medalta

Winter/Spring 2015

Medalta's winter 2015 pottery classes are now open for registration. Have a look at the lineup on their website and register as space is limited for these popular programs.

By phone at 403.529.1070
Email to reception@medalta.org

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Upcoming deadlines for Arrowmont

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is a national art education center. The School offers weekend, one- and two-week workshops for the beginner to advanced artist, taught by national and international practicing studio artists and university faculty. Students work and learn in professionally equipped studios on a 14-acre residential campus in Gatlinburg, TN. A series of weekly classes are also offered for residents of the local community. Workshops and classes are offered in ceramics, fiber, metals/jewelry, painting, drawing, photography, warm glass, woodturning, woodworking, mixed media, books and paper.

Our Artists-in-Residence Program provides a supportive, stimulating work and learning environment for five early-career artists during a year-long residency. Conferences and symposia bring together artists, art educators, collectors and others to work in the studios, engage in dialogue about making art and to discuss issues and trends in the field.

Sandra J. Blain GalleryThe public is welcome year-round to visit the campus and view artwork by local, national and international artists in the School's five galleries, which offer a full schedule of changing exhibitions, attend evening presentations, and visit the Artists-in-Residence studios. The Marian Heard Library and Resource Center includes print and electronic materials for research, and displays work from the School's permanent collection. The Artist Outfitters Store offers tools and supplies for students on campus and artists in the community, as well as offering for sale selected artwork from past Artists-in-Residence.
ArtReach, a collaboration with the Sevier County Schools, provides nearly 1,200 students, grades 4-12, with an in-depth, full day art workshop at Arrowmont each year.

Early registration ends FEB 1st!

for more info and to apply:

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

movie day: Clay & Ink

Clay & Ink from Crafts Council on Vimeo.

Ceramist Heidi Harrington discusses finding inspiration in the movement and stillness in nature. Each of her pieces is individually screen printed - the clay and image stretch during the making process until finally freezing into the forms of plates, bowls and wall pieces.