Wednesday, 27 May 2015

movie day: Art of Craft | Jinny Whitehead

Art of Craft | Jinny Whitehead from Resolve Design on Vimeo.

Profile of wood-fire potter Jinny Whitehead for the Art of Craft exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver, part of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Upcoming - Clay 2015

Clay, mud and earth are the common ground of New Mexico's people and the embodiment of their history. Taking place every summer in Silver City, New Mexico, the CLAY Festival gathers together artists, educators, entrepreneurs, families, youth, adventurers, and life-long learners to explore clay in its many forms as well as its impact on our history, present, and future.


Attend these fascinating dialogues between juxtaposed professionals in their fields of expertise.
Eric Blinman, Diego Valles & Pam Lujan Hauer
Roxanne Swentzell, Bill & Athena Steen

Salt Glazing and Befriending Asymmetry (Jack Troy)
Creating Content: Ceramic Surface & Form (Marko Fields)
Replicating Prehistoric Salado Pottery (Andy Ward & Dr. Eric Blinman)
Rendering the Beauty of Clay Vessels in Paint: Mastering Form Through Light, Shadow, and Color (Turid Pedersen)
Natural Plasters (Bill & Athena Steen)


Syzygy Tile Factory Tour (Patrick Hoskins)
WNMU Mimbres Collection Special Tour & Brunch (Cynthia Bettison)
Gila Cliff Dwellings Carpool Tour


CLAY Poker Tournament Fundraiser
CLAY Gala & International Juried Exhibition: CLAY in the Garden Opening (Seedboat Center for the Arts)
CLAY Mud Pie Contest (Silver City Farmer's Market),
CLAY in the Streets (400 Block of North Bullard Street)
Mimbres Region Arts Council Youth Mural Project Dedication

JURIED ART EXHIBITIONS:International Juried Exhibition: CLAY in the Garden (Seedboat Center for the Arts)
- Juried by Sheila Menzies

Roxanne Swentzell Exhibition (Common Ground Gallery)
Jack Troy Exhibition (Blue Dome Gallery)


CLAYFest Market:
A Clay-Centric Marketplace (Murray Hotel Ballroom).

YOUTH ACTIVITIES:Mud Fun for Kids! (614 North Bullard Street)
CLAYplay Youth Workshops (Gila Valley Library, Bayard Public Library, Silver City Public Library)
Find out more here:

Silver City CLAY Festival
c/o ACD
PO Box 2383
Silver City, NM 88061

call for entry: Raku Currents - Clay Fest 2015

Application deadline: June 6, 2015

2015  JUROR Wayne Higby
Wayne Higby is known for his inventive use of Raku earthenware, and his many contributions to ceramic education. The American Craft Museum considers him a “visionary of the American Crafts Movement” and recognized him as one of seven artists who are “genuine living legends representing the best of American artists in their chosen medium.”

His work is held in the permanent collections of numerous art museums around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. He is a professor and the Robert C. Turner Chair of Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University


June 6              Postmark Deadline for entries
June 22            Notification of accepted/denied entries
July 8               Last day to receive accepted entries
July 18             Exhibition Opening & Artists’ Reception. Artist talk with Juror
July 11 – Aug 2   Exhibition at Gallery Zeke open to the public
August  4         Clayworks shipped for return

Contact details:
Gallery Zeke Steelville Arts Council
106 Main
Phone: 573-244-5315

3D printing @ Northcote Pottery Supplies with Alterfact

Alterfact is an design studio created by Lucile and Ben in 2014. Since graduating from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2013, Lucile and Ben have worked in tandem on various issues in different mediums. Alterfact explores current and future issues and translates them into experiences, installations and objects. They conduct critical research with materials and data, and invite the viewer into their world. Our background is in design, and we have a critical approach to making. This means that we consider the manufacture of ‘stuff’: where it is coming from and where it is going; how it is made and how it will be used. Within Alterfact, Ben is more academic and research based, whereas Lucile conducts more material research and translation to objects. 

Lucile and Ben's residency project @ Northcote Pottery Supplies was to build their own 3D Printer and create a series of unique ceramic tableware using the printer. They are harnessing the irregularities of 3D printing and working within its limitations to create work that is pretty exciting and it has garnered a lot of interest.

Floor Talk by Ben Landau & Lucile Sciallano of Alterfact Studio
Guest Artists in Residence, Northcote Pottery Supplies
Monday 1st June 6pm-7pm
Free Event
Northcote Pottery Supplies
142-144 Weston Street
Brunswick East VIC 3057

Janet DeBoos: A Survey

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is honoured to be presenting, Janet DeBoos: A Survey. A survey exhibition of Deboos' work from the 1960s to 2015 guest curated by Peter Haynes and a major component of Stepping Up.

Exhibition opening: Thursday 28 May 2015, 6pm.
Where: Craft ACT: Craft & Design Centre, Level 1 North Building, 180 London Circuit, Canberra.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre invite the public to a series of associated talks in conjunction with the exhibition. In particular, we invite curators – new and established alike – to Peter’s talk, Evolution of an exhibition: Peter Haynes on curating, being a perfect opportunity to build on knowledge and gain valuable insights into curatorial processes.


Evolution of an exhibition: Peter Haynes on curating

When: Friday 29 May, 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Where: Craft ACT Gallery
Cost: FREE
Guest-curator, Peter Haynes, one of Australia’s highly-acclaimed curators and commentators of Australian ceramics, will share his knowledge and expertise in an informal talk on the evolution of an exhibition – from the background of curating a major exhibition to its final execution. With over 35 years’ experience in curating, writing and arts administration, Peter will provide unique insights into the exhibition.

Janet DeBoos artist floor talk

When: Thursday 11 June, 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Where: Craft ACT Gallery
Cost: FREE
Iconic Canberra ceramicist and internationally renowned artist, Janet DeBoos will present a floor talk in the Craft ACT Gallery, enlightening visitors on the scope of her artistic production and career of over fifty years.

For further information on the exhibition and public program visit the website.
Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Level 1 North Building, 180 London Circuit
Canberra City, PO Box 992. Civic Square ACT 2608. Ph: 02 6262 9333 

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Image Transfer Workshop with Chris Snedden

call for entry: Conversations in Clay

New Mexico Potters & Clay Artists
Conversations in Clay

This year's NMPCA show has a multidimensional theme, Conversations in Clay, encouraging members to participate in different ways, including working with another artist, NMPCA or non member. Individual pottery or ceramic art pieces can be submitted with a one-sentence "conversation starter" description.  Another option is collaboration between two artists as one piece created together or two pieces comprising one conversation. The selected works will be exhibited at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

 New Mexico Potter's and Clay Artists website   Download Application

movie day: Kintsugi: The Art of Broken Pieces

Kintsugi: The Art of Broken Pieces from Greatcoat Films on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Upcoming workshops: Melbourne, Canberra, Prince George

I've got a busy few months ahead of me, 
and I'd love to see you out at these events if they are in your part of the world. 
I'll be demonstrating alongside some amazing artists. 
I can't wait to learn as well : )

Ceramic workshop with Ben Carter (US) and Carole Epp (Canada)
@ Slow Clay Centre 

Globe-trotting contemporary ceramic artists Ben Carter and Carole Epp deliver a one-day workshop that will inform you of the rich variety of surface decoration approaches that they use in their individual practises. Whilst demonstrating their techniques they will also discuss their different blogs (Musing about Mud) and podcasts (Tales of the Red Clay Rambler) and the way they utitlise the possibilities of the internet and social media to engage new audiences.

This workshop will inspire you to approach your surfaces with rich variety and also be inspired to see the inherent possibilities of the internet and social media to expand your reach thereby making your practice more sustainable.

Content will cover: Each artist will give a presentation about the development of their work and career, discussing their achievements and their use of blogs, podcasts and social media. They will then demonstrate their unique surface techniques which will include variations of slip and engobe deocration, sgraffito, underglaze colour, burnishing and Ben and Carole's individual developments in the surfaces they use. There will be scope for deep discussion and enagagment with these two well-known and highly respected artists. All welcome!

When: Sunday 19 July, 2015, 10am - 4pm
Where: Slow Clay Centre, 13 Keele St, Collingwood
Cost: $265 ($245 early-bird price until 1 June) Bookings are essential due to limited places.

Find out more or sign up here!

Winter School 13-15 July
Form and Surface with Carole Epp and Ben Carter
@ Canberra Potters Society

Focus will be on developing rich surfaces for both functional and sculptural ceramics. Participants will learn a variety of surface-design methods including slip decorating, sgraffito, underglaze painting, resist painting, mishima, and layering stains. During the workshop we will discuss aesthetic issues (i.e. proportions, color theory, etc.), making strong functional pottery forms, using metaphor and story telling as a basis for sculpture, and creative problem solving in the studio. Additional discussions of marketing, social media and the changing landscape of contemporary craft will leave the workshop attendees recharged, rejuvenated and ready to grow in their own studio practice.

Here's the details:

with Brendan Tang, Cathi Jefferson, 
Bill Reddick and Carole Epp

August 7th-9th, 2015

Join us in Prince George for our fourth Northern BC Clayfest! This exciting event will offer you the opportunity to learn about advanced clay techniques. You will have the opportunity to network with your fellow artists, and meet our exciting workshop presenters. We are hosting four nationally acclaimed clay artists who will present two days of techniques. Presenters will also provide a 45 minute slide or video along with their hands-on techniques for the benefit of the participants.
This year Prince George is celebrating its 100th birthday, and the University of Northern BC is celebrating is 25th anniversary, so we will helping to commemorate these special occasions with our events.
Full details here

Potters Retreat with Ben Carter, Chandra Debuse and Kathy King

June 10-13th, 2015
The Mary Anderson Center for the Arts is excited to host our second Potters' Retreat.  This June our presenters will be Ben Carter, Chandra DeBuse and Kathy King. 

Come to the beautiful grounds of Mt. St. Francis for this amazing three day workshop experience. Not only will each artist work independently, but the three will work together, interacting and exchanging stories and insights into their lives as working artists. This workshop is designed to be a true retreat, set on the 450 acres grounds, you will be recharged by the community of fellow artists and the land around you. Meals will be provided on site by the Mount's two professional chefs and rooms are available on site. Come and experience this fantastic retreat.

This demonstration only workshop will showcase each artists’ work, focusing on their approach to the surface and decoration. The intimate and personal talks with each artist will give insight into their process and the unique approach each of them take to their work.

Ben Carter will demonstrate quick manipulations of soft wheel thrown clay to create expressive pitcher, bowl, and cup forms.  He will also cover decorating with deflocculated slip and techniques for drawing on clay, including sgraffito, wax resists, and underglaze painting.

Chandra DeBuse will demonstrate how she designs unique and personal pottery forms using simple and inexpensive materials, such as plywood and craft foam.  In addition to handbuilding, Chandra will share techniques used to alter wheel-thrown work and to create multiple parts for building narrative pots.

Chandra will share her surface decoration techniques, which include sprigging, stamping, freehand drawing, underglaze inlay, sgraffito, and the use of wax resist to create a layered and colorful surface.

Kathy King will demostrate how to center on building a personal vocabulary of imagery while considering methods of composition of that imagery onto the wheel-thrown and hand built ceramic form.  With humor as a tool to create narratives within her work, King will introduce some non-traditional ideas about function and methods of storytelling.   She will carve through slip-colored clay (sgraffito) and will showcase other methods on leather-hard clay with transfer techniques such as decals, silk-screening, resist printing from a photocopy and block-printing images onto clay.  In addition, glaze techniques that will enhance surface work will be demonstrated.

Monday, 18 May 2015

call for entry: RIVER2RIVER: A Regional Juried Exhibition

The Ceramic Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is pleased to host the third bi-annual Iowa Clay Conference. In conjunction with the conference - this show - “River to River” will highlight the richness and diversity of ceramic art within Iowa and across the Midwest. Participation is open to all artists 18 years of age or older living in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, North Dakota and South Dakota. Work submitted must be original, must use clay as the primary material, and must have been completed within the last 2 years.


Bede Clarke:

Bede Clarke has been a Professor of Art at the University of Missouri since 1992.  He received his Master of Fine Arts from The University of Iowa (1990) and a BFA from Eckerd College (1982).  Bede’s work is found in public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad.  Bede maintains a studio in Columbia, Missouri where he produces his ceramic art work and continues to exhibit worldwide.  Bede is currently working with wheel thrown wood-fired stoneware vessels and with large wall tiles emphasizing abstract drawing and color.  He is interested in making work, which like a good meal leaves a healthy, full feeling.


There will be a $300 prize for Best in Show, as well as two $100 Merit Awards.


Entry Deadline: July 31st
Juror Results: August 14th
Accepted Art Work to be Delivered to Coe College by: August 31st
Hand Delivered Work to The Ceramics Center: August 26th-28th
Conference Reception: Saturday, October 3rd, 6-8PM
Iowa Clay Conference: October 2-4
Pick Up Art Work: October 4th @ Coe College after 2PM

Entry Fee

Artists pay a $30 entry fee for up to three images of three submissions.

For entry form, please go online to:

329 10th Ave SE suite 117
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Ayumi Horie is looking for an intern

How to Apply
Deadline June 12, 5 pm EST
Notification by June 19
Job starts during the month of August 2015, depending on your schedule
-short bio
-10 images, 1000 px across
-five hundred word statement of intent outlining why you want to work with me in particular. Please address past experiences and future goals that would make this a good fit.
-list of two references including phone and email (no letters necessary)


monday morning eye candy: Forrest Lesch-Middelton