Thursday, 26 February 2015

Don't miss out on some great summer programs @ Arrowmont! Deadlines approaching fast!

Women Working with Clay Symposium @ Hollins University

June 8-11, 2015

This symposium is about women who work with clay to create pottery, art vessels, and sculpture. We emphasize the creative process from every level. At the same time, we look at the particular aspects and points of view that may be unique to women working in clay.

Presenters: Linda Christenson, Christa Cordova, Donna Polseno, and Shoko Teruyama
Keynote Speaker: Leila Philip
Director: Donna Polseno

What You’ll Learn

From Inspiration and Ideas to the Actual Making and Finishing
  • Explore the connections of the long history of women as vessel makers, artists, and artisans in cultures all over the world.
  • Examine how the sense of community and mentorship in the world of clay object makers reflects that history.
  • Work closely with faculty who have extensive experience and training.
Find all the details and register online here:

Friday, 20 February 2015

Upcoming deadline - Archie Bray residencies

The Bray will be awarding ten $5,000 fellowships along with ten short-term summer scholarships in 2015!
Resident Applications due March 1, 2015.

“Being able to provide this generous financial support to each and every resident artist helps the Bray fulfill its mission and reinforces its commitment to furthering ceramic art.”–Steven Young Lee, Resident Artist Director

If you have any questions about the Bray’s resident or fellowship opportunities please contact Brad Robinson at 406/443-3502 ext.10 or at

For technical support with the online application contact

Your completed application must be received on or before
March 1, 2015. 

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

apprenticeship opportunity: Cook on Clay

The Zakin Apprenticeship

Sponsored by the Allied Arts Foundation, Seattle, Washington
Managed by Maryon Attwood and Robbie Lobell, Cook on Clay LLC

The Zakin Women in Studio Arts, Design, Business, and Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program is an exceptional opportunity for a potter to learn the combined skills required for today’s contemporary studio artist, including the business of art, design, and related manufacturing processes.
Apprenticeships are one- to two-year, hands-on learning opportunities.

The Apprentice is provided with studio space, use of studio equipment, and inexpensive living quarters. There are nominal materials and firing fees. Apprenticeships require 25 hours per week of work for Cook on Clay. The Apprentice learns the importance of being part of a team, and is mentored and tutored in studio work, design and manufacturing practices, and managing a small artisan-based business.
Cook on Clay has two educational settings:
  • The studios are located on our 10-acre homestead in Coupeville on Whidbey Island, 30 miles northwest of Seattle, WA. Ceramic classes and studio equipment are located here, along with a 70 cubic foot soda kiln.
  • The production Annex is located a few miles from the studio, and is where manufacturing (hydraulic pressing and finishing), glazing, bisquing, firing, and packaging take place.
Whidbey Island offers a large arts community, small family farms and unsurpassed natural beauty. Hiking, biking, kayaking and beachcombing are readily accessible in this spectacular corner of the country. An array of sales opportunities is available, including cooperative galleries, farmer’s markets, studio tours, and craft fairs.
Apprenticeship Program Outline
Apprenticeship Details


technical tuesday: dealing with packing styrofoam

So first off I have to give credit for this little tip to the Saskatchewan Craft Council. I learned this trick when I worked there years ago.  I personally have a complete hatred for those ridiculous static empowered styrofoam packing peanuts. They get everywhere. My cats try to eat them. The kids try to break them into the smallest particle size possible. They suck, but throwing them out isn't an option. I recycle all of my packing materials for the cost as well as environmental savings. But a quick and easy solution is to put the peanuts in plastic bags (also recycling and giving those bags a second life). Packing these around your art will give it the same support as if they were free floating in the box but without the risk of them getting everywhere. Ridiculously simple solution.

Monday, 16 February 2015

call for artists: Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grants

The Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant program is intended to support the work of Minnesota ceramic artists at relatively early stages in their careers, as they accomplish short-term, specific objectives.

2015 marks the 25th year of the Ceramic Artist Project Grant program, funded by the Jerome Foundation. The program supports Minnesota ceramic artists at relatively early stages in their careers, as they accomplish short-term, specific objectives. The program will provide three grants of $6,000 each in 2015 for projects to take place between April 1 and December 31, 2015.

Projects may include, but are not limited to: experimenting with new techniques and materials, working or studying with a mentor, purchasing equipment to facilitate an aesthetic or technical investigation, providing studio time, studio rental, supplies, technical support, collaborations between ceramic artists and artists working in other media, education or exhibition opportunities, and travel.
An exhibition of work produced during the grant period will take place at Northern Clay Center at the conclusion of the grant. Recipients will provide a brief image presentation on their work in conjunction with the exhibition.

The Jerome Foundation in St. Paul, MN, has supported the Ceramic Artist Project Grant program for 25 years.  The Foundation supports emerging professional artists who are the principal creators of new work, and:
  • who take risks and embrace challenges;
  • whose developing voices reveal significant potential;
  • who are rigorous in their approach to creation and production;
  • who have some evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment; and
  • who are not recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators.
Find full details here:

Upcoming events @ Northern Clay Center

Call for Entry: NCC Members Exhibition

In the summer of 2015, NCC will turn its exhibition spotlight on our incredibly talented members —comprised of students, educators, professional artists, and novices. We invite you to view the array of talent of our member-artists! 

May 8–June 28
Gallery M
Opening Reception: Friday, May 15, 6 pm–8 pm 

Application deadline: Friday February 2015 pm
Application guidelines
  • You must be a member of NCC to apply to this exhibition.
  • The online application deadline is Friday, February 20, by 5 pm.
  • If accepted, work must arrive at NCC no later than April 21.
  • There is no application fee.
  • The member-artist is responsible for all shipping/transportation to and from NCC.
  • All applications must be submitted online.
  • Late, incomplete, and hard copy applications will not be accepted.
  • More information on how to apply is available online on the Northern Clay Center’s
    Exhibitions webpage:

    Interested in becoming a member? Not sure about your membership status? Want to ensure your membership doesn’t lapse? Check out the levels of membership online, beginning at $35/year, or email us at and we’ll assist you. Members receive discounts on classes and workshops and 10% off qualifying purchases in the gallery and online shop.

    Due to the high number of NCC members, this exhibition opportunity will be juried. Members may submit up to three pieces that were executed during the past two years, with a maximum of one piece being selected. All submitted work must be available
    at the time of the exhibition. Work that is not the same as the piece accepted will be disqualified. We would prefer to include pieces that have not been previously exhibited at the Clay Center. Due to space constraints, and a desire to include as many members as space allows, we must limit the size of any individual piece to 36” x 36” x 36”.


monday morning eye candy: Sophie Moran

Friday, 13 February 2015

Castles of the New World by Jenna Turner

Byrdie's Gallery, 2422 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA (
Open now until March 6th, 2015

Whether it is an old wooden grain elevator standing guard over the prairies or a towering gold mining dredge nestled in a northern creek bed, these 20th century structures maintain a certain power and grace despite their abandonment and dilapidation. Focusing primarily on form and material, Castles of the New World explores the architecture of these stacked and precarious buildings, while recognizing the high level of craftsmanship and artistry that continues to survive.

Installation view from front of gallery. Front right: Dredge #10 (Expanse), 2015, Ceramics, steel, wood.
Prairie Giant, 2015, Ceramics, steel, wood. 

To view more images please visit