Tuesday, 24 May 2016

technical tuesday: Ukrainian pottery decoration style

call for entry: University of North Florida International Ceramics Exhibition

McKenzie Smith
Description of Show: 
The UNF Cermics Guild is pleased to host The UNF International Ceramics Exhibition. This show will highlight ceramic excellence, according to juror McKenzie Smith. Participation is open to all artists 18 years of age or older. Work submitted must be original, must use clay as the primary material, and must have been completed within the last 3 years.

Purchase Award
Best of Show
Honorable Mentions

Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 by Midnight Pacific Time

Exhibition Dates:  September 1, 2016 - October 14, 2016  

Email Notification Begins: July 27th, 2016

Accepted Works Due: August 19th, 2016

McKenzie Smith is a potter working in Florida. McKenzie worked as a Core Student at the Penland School of Crafts. He received his BFA from the University of South Florida and his MFA from the University of Florida. Residencies include the Archie Bray Foundation, Banff Center For The Arts, Baltimore Clayworks, and the University of Miami. Smith has exhibited widely and taught numerous workshops.

UNF Gallery of Art
Founders Hall 
Building 2 • Room 1001
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224

Thursday, 19 May 2016

call for artists: “Crawling – The Amusing Skin” Faenza 2016

The Cultural Association Passepartout Faenza announces the first edition of the “Ceramic&Colours Award”, a ceramic competition with the aim of promoting and enhancing the research in the field of vitreous ceramic coatings for the finishing of ceramic objects.

For 2016 edition the “Crawling” effect has been selected:

•I° place – “Ceramic&Colours Award” 2016 winner –
Gift voucher to be spent at Ceramic & Colours, value of 2500 €
•“Franco Santi” Award
Gift voucher to be spent at Ceramic & Colours, value of 1000 €
•nr. 3 Special Mentions
Gift voucher for the participation to one of the courses organized by the Cultural Association Passepartout Faenza
Download the Regulations (pdf)
Download the Application Form (pdf)
Download the Summary Regulations (pdf)
E-mail: info@corsi-passepartout.it
phone: + 39 0546 46936

call for entry: 2017 NCECA Annual Exhibition: The Evocative Garden

THEME: The Evocative Garden

DEADLINE: Wednesday, JUNE 15, 2016 (11:59pm Mountain time)
The Evocative Garden FULL prospectus(pdf)
If you encounter problems and require technical assistance with submission contact kate@nceca.net

Disjecta Contemporary Art Center
8371 N Interstate Avenue
Portland, OR 97217

March 4- April 1, 2017
JUROR/ CURATOR: Gail M. Brown, curator will select works for the exhibition in coordination with NCECA Exhibitions Director Leigh Taylor Mickelson.

In 2017 NCECA launches a new annual exhibition platform that will replace the Biennial and Invitational, which have been produced in alternating years since 2010. The refreshed NCECA Annual exhibition format is being developed in response to feedback from members. The new model seeks to blend impactful attributes of each of the previous models while also cultivating opportunity for curatorial practice in regard to ceramic art.

NCECA’s aspiration is to evolve the exhibition model in a manner that will enable exceptional work to be represented in a way that celebrates concerns of materiality and conceptual rigor. One outcome that NCECA will remain committed to will be that comparatively under-exposed artists will have an opportunity to present their work with that of established and important emerging creators in the field.
The NCECA Annual will enable the vision of a single curator to frame an organizing concept and to support the exhibition’s foundational ideas through the inclusion of works by up to five invited artists making important contributions to the field. The remainder of the exhibition will be selected through an open submission, blind review and selection process. The single curator model will provide an annually recurring opportunity for a particular point of view on the field to emerge as the result of a unique, informed, and thoughtful vision.

The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts is pleased to announce that in 2017, esteemed curator of contemporary craft Gail M. Brown will launch this new series with The Evocative Garden, an international juried and invitational exhibition exploring natural and cultivated worlds. Invited artists include Megan Bogonovich, Jess Riva Cooper, Kim Dickey, Linda Sormin and Dirk Staschke.

A breadth of implied and articulated dramas will be staged as a personally defined natural landscape or more formalized garden scenario. In works of ceramic sculpture, installation, object and vessel format, each participant will offer a new or recent work- some potent objects-as-metaphors, with sub-text and, others as choreographed scenes with figuration or the figure/s implied in a verdant location, in vocabularies from nuanced realism to personal symbolism. Each will be designed to reference an array of issues- nature’s fragility and sustainability, the wild and the tame, life’s appetites and dilemmas, conflict and resolution, the everlasting and the temporal- social and historic events, of the natural world and the human condition. Artists remind us that nature and the articulated garden, as context, stimulation and tactile allure, is a seductive, universal, ever present enticement.
~Gail M. Brown, Curator

Portland identifies itself as The City of Roses. It abounds with lush public and private gardens and the climate to nurture them. For The Evocative Garden, the curator seeks submissions that visually define a garden allusion, as subject, context or setting, according to their own narrative and ceramic vocabulary.


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Rob Froese @ Mata Gallery

 ROB FROESEUnidentified Objects
May 18 - June 11, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 21, 2-4pm

Rob Froese makes clay objects of visual and tactile interest, for use and contemplation, using a variety of clays and kiln firing methods.
A focus of his utilitarian work has been to explore light and dark contrasting layers in clay body, slip, and glaze, working with an immediacy and responding to the flow of actions and decisions that take place during the many stages of production. His process of making sculptural objects shares that aspect of 'chance meeting choice.'
In this exhibition clay objects are presented that evoke nature, time and contemplation; carrying the feeling of a found object from the natural environment.

Rob Froese is a contemporary ceramic artist working in Canada and Japan. He earned a B.A at the University of Saskatchewan in 1987 and a B.F.A Ceramics at the University of Regina in 1994.
His work is included in the Saskatchewan Arts Board Permanent Collection, the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, and private collections in Japan, Canada and U.S.A.

106 - 2300 Broad St. (& 15th Ave.) • Regina • Canada • 306.522.0080www.matagallery.ca
Tuesday - Saturday 11am-6pm • evenings by appointment

movie day: Artist Talk with Les Manning: Common/Opposites

Artist Talk with Les Manning: Common/Opposites from Seymour Art Gallery on Vimeo.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Mould Making @ Medalta with CLINT NEUFELD

Monday, August 8 – Friday, August 12, 2016
$700(CAD) + 5% GST
Registration Deadline: July 8, 2016
Enrollment limited to 12 participants
Register Now

Instructor: Clint Neufeld
Clint Neufeld will guide you through all aspects of mold making and slip casting in this 5-day workshop. Participants will have the unique opportunity to join Clint in creating a multi-piece mold of a piece of machinery from Medalta’s boneyard.
Fee includes:
  • 24 hour Medalta studio access
  • Full access to the entire Historic Clay District site
  • All support materials
Artist responsible for:
  • Accommodations: Units are reserved at Medicine Hat College Student Housing; call 403.529.3820 to book.
For more information, contact noriko@medalta.org

Cancellation/Refund Policy
A full refund (less a $25 admin fee) is available if you cancel by the registration deadline. If Medalta cancels, or if you need to cancel due to medical reasons, you will receive a full refund. If you need to cancel after the registration deadline, you will be refunded 50% of the course fee. For cancellations less than two weeks from the start date of the course, we will be unable to issue any refund.


monday morning eye candy: Malcolm Mobutu Smith

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

technical tuesday: Ceramic Guitar Demo - 2 String Pod Chugger CBG

Check out my other pottery videos at www.youtube.com/user/EvolutionStoneware. Click 'subscribe' if you want to know when I post new videos. I'm sorry I can't easily respond to comments left on youtube. I try! You can also direct questions to my Facebook page Evolution Stoneware Pottery or email me through my website www.EvolutionStoneware.com. This is a demo of a ceramic cigar box style guitar (CBG style) that I made out of stoneware clay. The clay guitar body & slide were sculpted, fired to 1945F, engobe coloring was added, and they were fired again to 2232F in 1 of my electric kilns. The guitar body is modeled on one of my organic seed pod type designs. The neck is oak. It's tuned to A, D. This video was made for you by Janis Wilson Hughes, owner of Evolution Stoneware Pottery.

I played this through an outboard piezo preamp box that I built yesterday, into an effects unit, and into my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe tube amp with a power soak unit I built years ago. The tune is an improvisation written by me yesterday.

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