Thursday, 8 October 2015

John Chalke: Surface Tension @ Nickle Galleries (Calgary Alberta)

Opening Reception: 
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Organized by Nickle Galleries, curated by Michele Hardy with catalogue essay by Amy Gogarty.

John Chalke’s ‘clay paintings’ are conceptual ceramic works that dance between sculpture and painting.  Inspired by the landscape of southwestern Alberta no less than its local clay, minerals, textures, and fissures, Chalke’s works are richly textured.  Surface Tension draws on public and private collections from across Canada to explore the horses and cows, bottles and broken crockery, aerial views and archaeology of Chalke’s personal iconography. 

job posting: Assistant Professor Position in Art (Ceramics)

San Francisco State University, School of Art seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Ceramics beginning August 2016. MFA in Art with an emphasis in ceramics required. Salary commensurate with qualifications.

Position title:

Assistant Professor Position in Art (Ceramics)

Start date:

August 2016


Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The CSU provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.

Position Summary

The position is in the School of Art at San Francisco State University. SF State is a member of the California State University system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom and, human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. The School of Art is focused on developing socially engaged art practitioners, art historians, and arts professionals whose individual and collective efforts contribute to personal and intellectual growth, as well as community-building and cultural production.
The position is focused on the discipline of ceramics as a socially engaged practice that can manifest in many forms including ceramic sculpture and/or installation, functional vessels, performance, or forms that encompass some or all of these.
The position includes a full-time faculty workload per the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the California State University and the California Faculty Association. The workload primarily includes teaching assigned undergraduate courses in Art and MFA seminars, conducting an active ongoing scholarship program of creative work and exhibition which advances knowledge in the field of one’s specialty. The teaching assignments will be in existing ceramics courses in hand-building foundations, wheel throwing, ceramic sculpture, glaze calculations, mold making, kiln building, soda/pit firing, as well as courses in emerging technologies in the field (to be developed). Graduate courses include interdisciplinary critique seminars and special topic graduate studios (to be developed). The scholarship may address a range of topics in the areas of ones expertise.
Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assist in maintaining and supervising two ceramics facilities, productive participation on departmental, college, and university-wide committees; mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students; holding regular office hours; curriculum development and improvement, particularly with regard to student learning outcomes; and remaining current in both subject area and teaching methodologies.

Essential Job Tasks

  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, lecture and discussion materials, readings and assignments, assessments, and learning resources.
  • Prepare and deliver effective lectures to undergraduate and graduate students on topics such as glaze surface, kiln building and design, atmospheric firings and graduate seminars in Art.
  • Initiate, moderate, and facilitate classroom discussions.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, papers, etc. in a timely manner.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations or other learning assessments.
  • Maintain student grades and other required records or reporting materials.
  • Guide and supervise department technicians in support of safe, clean studio facilities and equipment.
  • Conduct research in one's field of interest and present documentation of an high level of activity associated with being a professional, working artist on a national and international level in significant institutions, and selections into collections, publication, and professional conferences.
  • Stay current on developments in the discipline by reading new literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Plan, evaluate and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
  • Hold regularly-scheduled office hours for the purpose of advising and assisting students.
  • Actively participate on assigned committees in accordance with department or College needs, and SF State's strategic vision.
  • Supervise student laboratory work, graduate and undergraduate assistants, and assist with studio maintenance and supervision of the ceramics facilities at the main SFSU, and Romberg Tiburon campuses.
  • Additional duties as assigned.
  • Minimum Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Abilities

    • Terminal degree MFA in Art, with an emphasis in Ceramics, required.
    • 1-2 years of undergraduate teaching experience with a large, diverse student body or in a multicultural setting, required.
    • Minimum of one-year experience in the management of a ceramics facility preferred including heavy equipment operation, gas and electric kilns, and glaze chemistry lab.
    • Possess a broad knowledge of traditional and contemporary theory and practices in ceramics, and a capacity for exploring new directions in the discipline.
    • Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum design, instruction of individual and groups and learning assessment.
    • Planning and organizing skills sufficient to ensure implementation of assigned curriculum.
    • Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum design, instruction of individuals and groups, and the assessment of learning.
    • Planning and organizing skills sufficient to ensure implementation of the assigned curriculum, job duties, and established expectations.
    • Oral and written communication skills in the English language at a level that comprehends and conveys information to and from students, colleagues, and others in an effective manner.
    • Awareness and engagement with critical concerns in the discipline and capacity to continue to produce original creative works.
    • Interpersonal orientation that encourages productive interactions with students, colleagues, and other campus stakeholders and promotes collegiality in department, college and university contexts.
    • Application process

      Submit letter of intent/interest, a current CV, 20 images of recent personal work, 20 images of student work, statement of teaching philosophy and names and contact information for three professional references. Letters of recommendation may be requested at a later date.
      Submit all materials online at, by January 8, 2016. Late applications will not be reviewed. Questions concerning the position should be submitted to Gail Dawson, Director, School of Art,
      San Francisco State University is a member of the California State University system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom and, human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. SFSU faculty are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, scholarship, and/or creative work.
      San Francisco State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity. We welcome applicants of all ethnic, racial and gender identities, sexual orientations as well as people with disabilities. We particularly encourage those who may be from historically underrepresented groups.
      A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
      Questions regarding this position should be emailed to No phone calls please.

    upcoming workshops @ Art Centro

    Lecture | Garth Clark: Speaks about a New Art World, at MECA, Maine College of Art, Portland on October 28

    The talk, Ceramics + Art, Rebooted, is a continuation of the spirited debate Clark began recently in Copenhagen and Oslo about the forceful entry of the medium into the fine arts world. Dozens of exhibitions featuring ceramics and clay are taking place each month and a new canon of leading artists is being chosen and established partly from the ceramics world and partly from non-specialist fine arts including Arlene Shechet, Johan Creten, Sterling Ruby, Theaster Gates, Ai Weiwei, Nick Cave, Adrian Villar Rojas, Ron Nagle and others. As Clark explains, “the role of deciding which ceramics is now indeed art has been totally lost to the fine arts. The question is, are they doing a better job than we did? And the answer is often (but not always) yes. It’s an exciting new era.”
    Maine College of Art, located at 522 Congress Street in the heart of Portland Maine’s Arts District. Lecture: 12 p.m. in Osher Hall (Second Floor). A roundtable discussion will follow the lecture in the MECA Cafe just outside of the lecture hall.

    Find out more here.

    Developing Surface and Form: Discussion and demonstration with Julia Galloway

    Hosted by Ruby’s Clay Studio, 552A Noe Street, San Francisco, CA, (415) 558-9819
    Sunday, October 18, 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
    $50 members, $60 non-members
    price includes a light breakfast and lunch.
    Full details here:

    Wednesday, 7 October 2015

    movie day: The Ceramicist

    The Ceramicist from MSQUARE Productions on Vimeo.

    Client: tete-a-tete &PLATE
    Production Company: MSQUARE Productions
    Directed by Michael Cristian Greene
    Produced by Edana Jamora
    Art Direction Mia-Danica Jamora
    Cinematography & Edit: Michael C Greene
    Composer: Jonathan M Ochmann
    Featuring to Hayden Youlley

    Friday, 2 October 2015

    Scratching the Surface Opens October 2 @ Red Lodge Clay Center

    Opening Reception October 2, 2015, 5-7 PM Exhibition

    Exhibition Posted Online: October 5, 2015, by 10 AM Mountain Time

    Curator’s Statement

    Originally the Ceramic Surface Forum grew out of a personal need for community and to allow time and space to engage and connect artists at various stages in their career. However, the forum itself, named after the late Matthias Oesterman's book "The Ceramic Surface", promoted discussion among artists to discuss personal approach to surfaces with the same inventiveness that is applied to research whether it is narrative, form or function and to reflect upon what we do and why we do it. Individuals invited represent a wide array of paths in the ceramic field, and are people who invest so much to the field beyond making. They may also be at transitional moments and casting a larger communal net that can create significant support to strengthen relationships within our field.

    Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts provides the perfect setting and location. As a craft school, it's structured to embrace community. The studios are close to one another promoting dialogue, exchange of ideas, and encourage personal risks and exploration. The studios are educational studios: large and equipped for many artists working in various styles. Located in the heart of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, participants get the serenity of the Smoky Mountains to escape the rush of everyday routine and to take time away from their daily routines. Being in a tourist destination bestows a wide array of entertainment and spontaneity outside of the studio creating memories and experiences. A week provides time to re-ignite and spark inspiration, work through an idea that's been in a sketchbook for months or time to research a new one. It also allows the affordability of time for those away from work and family.

    The Ceramic Surface Forum started in 2012 with eighteen clay artists working in Arrowmont's clay studio and living together in the quaint quarters of Stuart Cottage. Now five years later, the essence of the Ceramic Surface Forum grew into something larger and spread across all disciplines. It's now what Arrowmont calls The Pentaculum, a focus on Arrowmont's five primary studios; clay, wood, textiles, metals, and two-dimensional media. For the first time in the history of the Pentaculum, a writing component has been added.

    The ceramic artwork that has been selected for the Scratching the Surface Exhibition is a portrayal of the exchange that happens at The Ceramic Surface Forum/Arrowmont Pentaculum. Artworks are rooted in and influenced by their time at Arrowmont. Whether it's the development of a new form, color and glaze palette, technique, and the diversity of artwork made, shows the energy and end result of what can happen during these short bursts of time together.

    To find out more about the Arrowmont Pentaculum, please visit the website at

    - Jason Bige Burnett

    Thursday, 1 October 2015

    GrowlerFest 2015 East + West - Upcoming events



    GrowlerFest 2015 East + West is a project that will showcase the ties between the local food movement, craft beer, and ceramic art.

    Project Art (Cummington, MA) is partnering with artist Bradley Klem (Phoenix, AZ),The Eutectic Gallery (Portland, OR) and Portland Growler Company (Portland, OR) to bring GrowlerFest 2015 East + West to the East and West Coasts for the first time.

    Project coordinators Alexandra Jelleberg and Bradley Klem’s aim is to create a narrative about the link between the craft brewery movement and the vitality of handmade pottery:
    Through the intersection of collaboration and individual aesthetic, we hope to spark investment in handmade objects among a group of people who share a common interest. The enjoyment of food and drink can be greatly enriched by the experience of using the beautiful work artists so thoughtfully produce.
    GrowlerFest 2015 East + West intends to connect artists working in disparate ways and faraway places to both each other and the craft beer movement by offering the surface of a growler as a way to collaborate with one another, and an exhibition with functional and decorative components to draw parallels and comparisons in form, style, design and philosophy between local and global ceramic artists.

    15 ceramic artists have collaborated on limited editions of ceramic growlers that will be on exhibit at Project Art October 3–December 2. Also on display will be vessels by local studio potters. Participating potters include Ben Eberle, Robbie Heidinger, Tiffany Hilton, Jeffrey Lipton, Maya Machin, Michael McCarthy, Robbie Heidinger, Steve Theberge, Elenor Wilson. By appointment, contact Project Art at 701.471.9782 or click here to inquire.

    Join us for a celebration with craft beer tastings, local food, and ceramic art on Saturday, October 10, 5–7. Early bird tickets are $15, $20 at the door.

    Sunday, October 11, 10–12, join us for a potluck brunch
    and slideshow presentation by artist Bradley Klem.

    GrowlerFest 2015 Artists

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    Friday, 25 September 2015

    residency opportunity: Sculpture Space NYC

    We are inviting artists from the United States and abroad to submit proposals for fellowship : "Studio Space & Exhibition" to be presented in early 2016. Artists selected for the Fellowship will work at SSNYC studio facility and will have one week exhibition in our SSNYC-Projects gallery. The level of production support for the exhibition will depend on the scope of work produced  and available funding.
    The SSNYC-Studio Space & Exhibition Fellowship is a three-month residency in Queens/New York, from January 11, 2016 to March 11, 2016. This program is designed to promote and instill ceramic techniques within the artists practice. Applicants are not required to have extensive ceramic experience, although we encourage the artists to integrate ceramics as part of their project.
    Artist will have a free workspace in the spacious studio. The culmination of a resident’s projects will be an exhibition and presentation at SSNYC. 
    Applications for the 2016 Studio Space & Exhibition Fellowship will be accepted until October 10, 2015 and will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of Fellowship availability by October 17, 2015.
    Sculpture Space
    47-21 35th Street
    Long Island City, NY 11101

    Cup XI The Intimate Object

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